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WMWP Invitational Summer Institute

June 27 - July 15, 2015 (Monday through Friday), 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Orientation Day, June 4, 2015.  Additional details TBA.

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project's 23rd annual Summer Institute 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 1.

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.