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WMWP Invitational Summer Institute

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project's 24th annual Invitational Summer Institute will bring together outstanding teachers who work with students in all academic content areas and at all grade levels, pre‑K–college. Supported by the WMWP directors and each other, these teachers will spend three weeks immersed in writing, reading, and teacher inquiry, ultimately returning to their schools as WMWP Teacher-Consultants. In this capacity they may provide professional development to schools for WMWP; present their research in local, regional, and national venues; and contribute to the ongoing growth of WMWP. In this way, the Summer Institute represents the first leg in what thousands of National Writing Project teachers around the country have described as a career-transforming journey.

 As participants, teachers will engage in their own writing in order to explore ways to use writing more meaningfully in their classrooms. They will participate in a collaborative inquiry community: reading current theory and research, engaging in classroom-based action research, and presenting a professional workshop.  Inquiry will focus on the following themes:

CLASSROOM INQUIRY: How can reflecting on my teaching practice help me ask meaningful questions to improve my practice?

LANGUAGE AND POWER: How can language in a classroom be used to empower or disempower students? How can a student's native language be valued in my classroom?

REFLECTION/IMPLEMENTATION: How do I incorporate change into my practice? How can attention to difference in my classroom inform my pedagogy and/or curriculum?


WMWP Invitational Summer Institute Fast Facts

WHO: Pre-K through college teachers, administrators, and content specialists in all disciplines 

WHAT: The best professional development you have ever experienced

WHERE: UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square

WHEN: Orientation Day: Saturday, June 4, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

              Monday – Friday, June 27 – July 15, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

              Three school-year follow-up meetings TBA

WHY: To grow as a teacher, learner, and leader


135 PDPs (total for summer and school-year programs)

$400 stipend and free parking in Tower Square garage

Optional 6 graduate credits (at $100 per credit plus registration fee)

Free membership in the WMWP and National Writing Project educator networks

Preparation to lead professional development programs as a paid teacher-consultant

COST: None to you as a teacher except for optional course credits. School districts will be asked to contribute $500 per participant as an investment in teacher leadership.


Space is limited. Submit your application today!

Download the application form.

For priority consideration, apply by March 1, 2016.

Questions: Contact Summer Institute director Alicia Lopez at