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Fall 2016 NewsletterWMWP's newsletter, Connections, is published in the fall and spring and distributed electronically to our e-mail list. The newsletter includes information about current and upcoming activities, conference programs, and planning calendars, as well as articles by and about WMWP Teacher-Consultants at work participating in institutes, organizing youth programs, delivering professional development in area schools, receiving awards, and more.

Members of the WMWP community are encouraged to submit items for the newsletter to Co-Director for Outreach and Social Media Kevin Hodgson at The fall deadline is August 15, and the spring deadline is January 15.

Below is an archive of newsletters in reverse chronological order. Click on the links to download PDFs of the newsletters.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • WMWP Supports Young Writers in Summer
  • WMWP Secures Grant for Youth Programs
  • C3WP: A Profound Learning Experience
  • WMWP Tech Tips
Thursday, August 8, 2019
  • Reports on Best Practices: Learning Together in Collaboration
  • ​WMWP to Pilot Worcester Satellite Summer Institute
  • NWP Gathers, Presents Strand of Workshops at NCTE
  • WSU Professor Sophia Sarigianides Will Be Spring Symposium Keynote Speaker
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fall 2018 Newsletter

  • WMWP Welcomes New Site Director: Anna Rita Napoleone
  • Summer Leadership Institute 2018
  • WMWP Hosts Two Youth Summer Writing Adventures
  • New Pathways to Leadership Opportunities: Science and Technology, Civicsand Social Studies, Argument Writing
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
  • Best Practices Highlights + Some Thoughts on Teaching from Sydney Chaffee
  • Janie Baer-Leighton Awarded Pat Hunter Award
  • 2018 Spring Symposium Details + Author Jeannine Atkins, Keynote Speaker
  • Details on the Writing Center/WMWP Site Director Search
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
  • Summer Leadership Institute 2017
  • College, Career, and Community Writers Program Launches
  • Celebrating Eight Years of the iAnthology Network
  • New Co-Directors: Chris Rea, Emily Lent Hemingway, and Heather Brown
  • Connecting Local History to Writing
Friday, August 25, 2017
  • Karen Miele Receives Pat Hunter Award
  • New Civics Literacy Leadership Institute
  • WMWP's Effective Collaborative Coaching Course
Thursday, September 1, 2016
  • Summer Leadership Institute held at UMass Center in Springfield
  • Best Practices conference features keynote speaker Keisha L. Green
  • WMWP explores new pathways to teacher leadership
  • WMWP enhances social media presence
  • Teachers raise their (professional) voices
Monday, February 1, 2016
  • Leslie Skantz-Hodgson honored as 2015 Pat Hunter Award recipient
  • Youth Writing Adventure to be held at UMass
  • 2016 Summer Institute to be held at UMass Center at Springfield
  • WMWP now accepting proposals for the Charlie Moran Fellowship
  • Teachers as Writers Contest winner: Jane Urban
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
  • WMWP remembers Charlie Moran
  • WMWP brings summer pilot program for middle schoolers to the Springfield Armory
  • SI 2015: A professional community of writers, researchers, and presenters
  • Planting the seed for science writing
  • Holocaust Education Network and WMWP partner for summer workshop
Sunday, February 1, 2015
  • WMWP honors former Director Anne Herrington
  • WMWP celebrates launch of new curriculum guide for DYS schools
  • Celebrating 40 years of NWP at the annual conference
  • Jonathan Weil wins Teachers as Writers Contest
  • Spring Symposium will center on technology, assessment, and social justice
Monday, September 1, 2014
  • Bruce Penniman assumes role as Site Director of WMWP
  • Detailed itinerary for Best Practices conference: "Rethinking and Reclaiming Assessment"
  • WMWP embarks on Science Initiative
  • WMWP partners with STEM Middle Academy to promote writing in the sciences
  • Holyoke youth use Photovoice at "ELL Summer of Power" to tell about their community
Saturday, February 1, 2014
  • WMWP Professional Development Courses garner praise from teachers
  • 2013 Pat Hunter Award given to Jack Czajkowski
Sunday, September 1, 2013
  • Donna LeCourt appointed new Site Director for WMWP
  • WMWP celebrates 20 years
Friday, February 1, 2013
  • WMWP offers Literacy Design Workshop for Ludlow Public Schools
  • Dawn Fontaine receives Pat Hunter Award
Saturday, September 1, 2012
  • 20th WMWP Invitational Summer Institute meets in Springfield
  • WMWP wraps up productive year of In-Service programs
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
  • WMWP receives Community Foundation Grant
  • Susan Connell Biggs receives Pat Hunter Award
Thursday, September 1, 2011
  • WMWP responds to changes to federal funding for NWP
  • Teacher Consultant presents Summer Institute workshop in Spain
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
  • WMWP's Technology Team invited to contribute to NWP "Digital Is" project
  • Bruce Penniman receives Pat Hunter Award
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
  • Janie Baer-Leighton new Co-Director for Continuity
  • ELL Institute offers training and leadership opportunities for teachers
Monday, February 1, 2010
  • Bruce Penniman's Building the English Classroom: Foundations, Support,Success published by NCTE
  • Springfield Housing Authority partners with WMWP for Digital Storytelling project
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
  • WMWP collaborates with the Center for the Study of African-American Language
  • WMWP teachers publish Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
  • Charles Moran, founding WMWP director, receives Pat Hunter Award
  • WMWP's Project Outreach offers free Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure preparatory course
Monday, September 1, 2008
  • WMWP receives grant for new youth writing programs
  • WMWP adopts new mission statement
Friday, February 1, 2008
  • WMWP forges partnership with Hudson Valley, NY Writing Project
  • New Technology Team formed
Saturday, September 1, 2007
  • Anne Herrington assumes role as Site Director
  • WMWP's Project Outreach designs plan to provide accessibility to teachers and students
Thursday, February 1, 2007
  • WMWP will host NWP retreat, "Planning Your Site’s Web Presence: A Working Retreat"
  • Pam Howes receives Pat Hunter Award
Friday, September 1, 2006
  • WMWP launches 3-year outreach initiative
  • Reflections on the ELL Leadership Institute
Wednesday, February 1, 2006
  • Family Writing Nights link mothers and sons
  • Conference on Writing, Teaching, and Technology to be held at UMass Amherst
Thursday, September 1, 2005
  • Reflection on Summer Institute 2005
  • WMWP helps Athol and Holyoke teachers incorporate technology into their teaching
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
  • WMWP collaborates with Center for Teacher Education and Research on spring conference
  • WMWP hosts "Creative Journeys" Student Writers’ Workshop
Wednesday, September 1, 2004
  • WMWP launches Teachers as Writers Award
  • WMWP forms Continuity, In-Service, and Youth Task Forces
Sunday, February 1, 2004
  • "Working with English Language Learners in the Content Areas" premiers in Holyoke schools
  • WMWP teacher-researchers invited to writers’ retreat
Monday, September 1, 2003
  • Charles Moran retires; Bruce Penniman assumes role of Site Director
  • Technology for the Classroom Institute planned for 2004
Wednesday, January 1, 2003
  • WMWP tries online Newsletter format
  • Publishing opportunities move into the classroom thanks to word processors donated by WMWP
Sunday, September 1, 2002
  • WMWP goes electronic and joins state network
  • SummerWrite! encourages student poets, journalists, novelists
Friday, February 1, 2002
  • New WMWP web site opens
  • English Language Learners Summer Workshop not just for ESL teachers
Saturday, September 1, 2001
  • WMWP sponsors new teacher seminars in Amherst, Athol, and Northampton
  • South African teachers learn about American teaching practices, culture
Friday, June 1, 2001
  • WMWP Student Publication Program flourishes
  • WMWP sponsors workshop series for teachers from vocational high schools
Thursday, February 1, 2001
  • New publication gives teachers their turn
  • Workshops show writing does matter in Science classrooms
Friday, September 1, 2000
  • “Writing For All” Summer Workshop inspires teachers of second language learners
  • South African educator takes home techniques learned at WMWP’s Summer Institute
Tuesday, August 1, 2000
  • WMWP completes first New Teacher Seminar Series
  • 600 authors, editors, teachers, families celebrate publication of five WMWP anthologies
Wednesday, March 1, 2000
  • WMWP connectes teachers to micro-grants for student publishing projects
  • WMWP offers five New Teacher Seminars
Wednesday, September 1, 1999
  • “Writing for All” scheduled for Summer 2000
  • Pat Hunter Memorial Fund now university endowment
Tuesday, June 1, 1999
  • Second “Teacher as Researcher” Seminar convenes
  • Memorial for Pat Hunter, founding Director of WMWP