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Summer 2015

Summer Institute 2015

June 29 - July 17, 2015 (Monday through Friday), 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily
Orientation Day, June 6, 2015

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project's 22nd annual Summer Institute will run June 29 - July 17, 2015 (Mon. to Fri.) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. It will be facilitated by WMWP co-directors, technology liaison, and teacher consultants. Teachers in all subjects, grades K-12, are eligible to apply. Teams of teachers from the same school or district are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is March 1st.

The Institute's goals:

- to help participating teachers reflect upon their own expertise as teachers of writing and share this knowledge with their peers;

- to help participating teachers organize and prepare ways of presenting this expertise to teachers outside WMWP;

- to make available to participating teachers the latest theory and research in the field;

  • - to help participating teachers see themselves as writers.

The Summer Institute program embodies these four goals, which reflect the philosophy of the National Writing Project. Participants will prepare and present professional workshops, read current theory and research in their chosen area, conduct informal action research projects in their classrooms, do their own self-directed writing, and help their colleagues with this writing through writing response groups.

The Schedule:

The Summer Institute is scheduled five days per week (Monday through Friday). Days run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A major part of each day will be devoted to developing and participating in workshops in preparation for possible future work as a teacher-consultant; other portions of the day will be devoted to personal writing and to a classroom-based research project.

There will be an orientation day in June and follow-up meetings during the 2015-2016 academic year (dates TBA).

Participants will receive a $400 stipend, 112 PDP units, and free parking, and will be eligible to register for 6 graduate credits.

If you have any questions about the institute, please contact institute director Alicia Lopez or call the office at 413-545-5466.

Apply to the Summer Institute

Know someone who might be interested? Download the brochure.

WMWP Teachers as Writers Institute
Monday-Friday, July 20-24, 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. (Mon. - Thurs), and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Friday).  UMass Amherst.  $150 registration fee. 30 PDPs; 1 graduate credit available. Register at by June 25.
Join teacher-author Lucile Burt and other teacher writers during this workshop that builds on the premise that teachers of writing benefit from working on their own writing and identities as writers. Participants will generate new material, complete unfinished work, develop writing habits, and foster support through ongoing groups.  The group will write together in the morning, take private writing time midday, and share and respond in the afternoon. Open to new participants and alumni.

Holocaust Education Network Institute: Teaching Social Justice through the Lens of the Holocaust

Monday-Friday, July 27-31, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, August 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.  Fall follow-up TBD.  University of Massachusetts Amherst.  $100 registration fee includes housing (refundable for those not staying on campus.  PDPs, 3 graduate credits available. Rolling admnissions. E-mail for details.
Hosted by WMWP and facilitated by Cara Crandall and Paula Mercier, the New England Holocaust Educators Network Summer Seminar will ask teachers to assume the roles of student and teacher of the Holocaust. Participants will deepen knowledge of the Holocaust and Jewish culture and refine teaching practice to include social justice, focused potentially on a local issue. Facilitators will share lessons aligned with the Common Core. Apply at