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Upcoming Programs/Courses:

  • WMWP Spring Symposium: Technology, Assessment, and Justice for All

    Thursday, March 12, 2015, 4:30-8:30 p.m.
    UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square (
    $25 registration fee (includes a light supper).  Register online.
    4 professional development hours with optional extension for 12 PDPs and 1 graduate credit

    WMWP's spring symposium will examine the relationships among educational technology, assessment, and social justice.  The program will include a critical examination of software that purports to “evaluate” student writing and the use of technology in high-stakes tests such as PARCC; exploration of alternative uses of technology for more robust assessments and assignments; and the teacher's role in preparing students to use technology effectively in the 21st classroom and workplace. The symposium will include a keynote speech by Nat Turner of the UMass College of Education, plus workshop sessions and open discussion of these issues.

    English 712: Writing and the Teaching of Writing

    Mondays: February 9, March 2, March 23, April 13, May 11, June 1, 4 – 7 p.m. (6 meetings)

    Monday – Friday: July 6 – 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (5 meetings)

    UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square, Room 003

    $225 registration fee.  Register online.  $345 additional for 3 graduate credits (see explanation below).

    Instructors: Anne Herrington and Bruce M. Penniman

    This course is designed for K-16 writing teachers and all other teachers who use writing as a teaching tool.  It will focus on theoretical and practical questions related to the nature of writing process and the challenges of teaching writing, particularly in light of the new Common Core literacy standards.  The aim of the course will be to provide participants opportunities to reflect on their own literacy learning and teaching experiences, to explore composition theory and research, and to examine current issues in the teaching of writing.  Readings and research projects will focus on writing process and its linguistic, psychological, and socio-cultural underpinnings.  Concepts such as audience, voice, identity, and dialect – as well as practical matters such as teaching grammar, working with English Language Learners, and incorporating technology – will all be considered.  A key assumption of this course is that the best way to learn about writing is to write – in a variety of modes and for a range of purposes – and to reflect on the complex processes involved in that act.  Participants can expect to write regularly: low-stakes experiments in different genres, informal reading responses, reflections, a literacy self-study, and a well-documented research essay will all be part of the mix. Class meetings will include discussions, workshops, response groups, and informal presentations. 

    The course carries 3 graduate credits (or 67.5 PDPs).  If taken for credit, it fulfills a core requirement for the WMWP Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, but it is open to all.  Limit: 16.  You must pay the $225 WMWP registration fee before registering for UMass graduate credit.  The UMass registration fee is $100 per credit plus $45 registration fee.  Thus the total cost to take the course for graduate credit is $225 + $345 = $570.  Books will cost an additional $50-75.  NOTE: Only those who register with WMWP will be authorized to enroll for credit.  Registration deadline: January 15, 2015.  Questions?  E-mail


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