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WMWP Invitational Summer Institute


July 7-25 (Monday through Friday), 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily
Orientation Day, June 7, 2014

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project's 22st annual Summer Institute will run July 7-25 (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 May 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 2014-2015 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 Joanne Wisniewski or call the office at 413-545-5466.


Apply to the Summer Institute

Know someone who might be interested? Download the brochure.