WMWP News

This page includes occasional articles about WMWP initiatives and programs, as well as the work of WMWP Teacher-Consultants. To submit an item for the page, e-mail wmwp@english.umass.edu or use the online form on the Contact page.

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Chalk Talk Revisited: Anne Marie Osheyack

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Chalk Talk is a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that gives voice to educators. This summer we're featuring some past columns by WMWP teachers who have written about their students, education, and themselves. We invite you to read what teachers are saying and to encourage awareness of educators in the public sphere.

This week's offering is by ELA teacher Anne Marie Osheyack, who writes about "the art of purposeful personal teaching." To read the full story, click on the quotation.

Chalk Talk Revisited: Katie Richardson

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Chalk Talk is a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that gives voice to educators. This summer we're featuring some past columns by WMWP teachers who have written about their students, education, and themselves. We invite you to read what teachers are saying and to encourage awareness of educators in the public sphere.

This week's offering is by ELL teacher Katie Richardson, who writes that teachers must be "willing to be disturbed" to respond to changing needs in schools. To read the full story, click on the quotation.

Chalk Talk Revisited: Will Bangs

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Chalk Talk is a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that gives voice to educators. This summer we're featuring some past columns by WMWP teachers who have written about their students, education, and themselves. We invite you to read what teachers are saying and to encourage awareness of educators in the public sphere.

This week's offering is by middle school teacher Will Bangs, who writes about "staying gold" in the classroom. To read the full story, click on the quotation.

Chalk Talk Revisited: Kevin Hodgson

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chalk Talk is a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that gives voice to educators. This summer we're featuring some past columns by WMWP teachers who have written about their students, education, and themselves. We invite you to read what teachers are saying and to encourage awareness of educators in the public sphere.

This week's offering is by sixth-grade teacher Kevin Hodgson, who writes an end-of-year letter to the young writers in his class. To read the full story, click on the quotation.

Chalk Talk Revisited: Amber O'Reilly

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Chalk Talk is a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that gives voice to educators. This summer we're featuring some past columns by WMWP teachers who have written about their students, education, and themselves. We invite you to read what teachers are saying and to encourage awareness of educators in the public sphere.

This week's offering is by science teacher Amber O'Reilly, who writes about the importance of connecting content with what is culturally, emotionally, and situationally relevant to students.  To read the full story, click on the quotation.

WMWP Develops Disciplinary Literacy Pathway to Leadership

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Throughout 2016 and 2017, WMWP has been involved in a national capacity-building effort called Building New Pathways to Leadership. The goal of this initiative is to develop leadership opportunities fpr teachers who may not be able to participate in the traditional Summer Leadership Institute. After making a "pitch" for  funding at the National Writing Project Annual Meeting last November, WMWP  received a  Gates Foundation-funded grant to develop an alternative pathway called Disciplinary Literacy Leadership, which will focus on the needs of content-area teachers. A central focus of the grant was to develop a civic engagement leadership institute to be offered in 2017. The institute began in the spring, included four full days in July, and will continue in the fall.

Chalk Talk Revisited: Alicia Lopez

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Chalk Talk is a monthly column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette that gives voice to educators. This summer we're featuring some past columns by WMWP teachers who have written about their students, education, and themselves. We invite you to read what teachers are saying and to encourage awareness of educators in the public sphere.

This week's offering is by ESL teacher Alicia Lopez, who writes about her experience with a young student from Cape Verde.  To read the full story, click on the quotation.

WMWP appoints 3 new co-directors

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

As an organization dedicated to fostering teacher leadership, WMWP is pleased to announce the appointment of three new co-directors: Chris Rea as Co-Director of the Summer Leadership Institute, Emily Lent Hemingway as Co-Director of Teacher Programs, and Heather Brown as Co-Director of Youth and Family Programs.

All three were interviewed for the positions in June and subsequently approved by the Executive Board.

WMWP Youth Writing Workshop 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Nearly one year ago, thanks to a wonderful community of generous supporters, creative teachers, and adventurous young writers, WMWP's Youth Writing Adventure 2016 saw many aspects of success. Some of the highlights include: 

~ 50 generous donors ~ $4000 raised ~ 130 students ~ 17 teachers  ~ 10 schools

WMWP Has Moved!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Along with the rest of the UMass English Department, WMWP has moved from its ancestral home in Bartlett Hall to the newly renovated and expanded South College, which is located next to the W.E.B. DuBois Library at the center of the campus. WMWP has two offices in the east wing of the building, which also has air-conditioned, technology-enabled classrooms, where future programs will be held.

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