WMWP Spring Symposium

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 4:00pm

Westfield State University
March 22, 2018, 4:00-8:30 p.m.

The theme for this year's symposium is Writing for the Future

Registration fee (including afternoon snacks and light supper: $25. Full-time undergraduate students: $15. Register now - space is limited.

Download the conference flyer below.


4:00  Registration and refreshments

4:30  Session 1

  • Engaging Writers with Reflective Portfolios (Jason DiSalle) 
    If you have student writers who seem less than engaged or who put in less than their best effort, if you have ever looked at your writing portfolios and wondered what they can do besides functioning as a storage space, then this workshop is for you. This workshop focuses on the use of managed writing portfolios to help students develop more resiliency in their writing. The goal of the inquiry is to use the portfolios and the writing success tracker worksheets to help engage students and the teacher in authentic and focused conversations about the writing process, the strengths and weaknesses of their writing, and the growth students experience on their journey to becoming mature writers. 
  • Teachers Who Write Are the Best Teachers of Writing (Kelly Norris) 
    Published memoirist and teacher Kelly Norris will share her journey from teacher to published author. She will lead attendees in some low-key, creative writing warm-ups and reflection on and planning for their own writing projects. Attendees will have time to start a new writing project, continue something they are in the midst of, or just keep experimenting with prompts. 

5:45  Dinner and discussion

6:30  Session 2

  • Redefining Vocabulary (Stephanie Joyce) 
    Are traditional models of vocabulary instruction reaching all your students? Eager for vocabulary instructional routines and practice activities that build on prior knowledge, offer multiple exposures, and provide deeper processing for students? Learn to delve more deeply into daily work on vocabulary that can enrich students' writing and reading comprehension. Veteran teacher and reading specialist Stephanie Joyce shares strategies and tips participants will be ready to use immediately in their classrooms.
  • The New Sites: Future Publishing from Google (Tom Fanning) 
    In this hands-on workshop participants will be encouraged to experiment with the "new'' Google Sites. Basic instructions will be given so you can create a new site and build a blog page. You will be encouraged to view and comment on each other's sites and blog posts. Braver souls can attempt to access their sites from tablets and/or mobile devices! 

7:45  Dessert and closing keynote with author Jeannine Atkins

Jeannine Atkins writes mostly about remarkable girls and women from the past. Her books include Aani and the Tree Huggers; Mary Anning and the Sea Dragon; Borrowed Names: Poems about Laura Ingalls Wilder; Madam C. J. Walker, Marie Curie and Their Daughters; and Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science.  She teaches writing in the MFA program in Simmons at the Carle. You can learn more on her website at www.jeannineatkins.com.

Presented in partnership with the Westfield State University Center for Teacher Education and Research

PDF icon WMWP Spring Symposium Flyer 2018.pdf