The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to the Western Massachusetts Writing Project!

WMWP is a local site of the National Writing Project, sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of English and College of Humanities and Fine Arts. WMWP provides professional development and literacy leadership programs by teachers for teachers. A growing number of educators in the region call WMWP their professional home.

WMWP is ...

... a professional community of teachers who value reflection and inquiry; who care about issues of race, gender, language, class, and culture; who come together to deepen our experience as writers, to share our knowledge and expertise, to transform our practice, to improve student learning, and to develop expertise and leadership. Click "Read more" to see a video about WMWP.

Karen Diaz Receives the Pat Hunter Award

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Karen Diaz, who has worked for years to encourage teacher leadership through her many roles within WMWP, is the recipient of this year's Patricia Hunter Award. Diaz, who is a teacher in West Springfield, received the award and recognition at the Best Practices conference luncheon. You can listen to the nomination of Diaz as well as her own speech of thanks, as she expressed appreciation for the WMWP network and its work to transform teaching practices and classroom experiences.

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Chalk Talk: Never Say Never

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Amherst educator and WMWP TC Lauren Mattone writes about her jump in grades this year, and how she has found being adaptable and flexible makes for an interesting and engaging experience with her new sixth graders. Read her Chalk Talk piece, published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette, entitled Never Say Never. You can also read through the Chalk Talk archives. Chalk Talk is an ongoing monthly partnership between WMWP and the Daily Hampshire Gazette to amplify the voices of educators.

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WMWP Wins Library of Congress Literacy Award

Best Practices Honoree
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project is one of 15 organizations being honored by the Library of Congress for their implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. WMWP is among the organizations working to expand literacy and promote reading in the United States and worldwide that will be awarded the 2019 Library of Congress Literacy Awards at the National Book Festival gala, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden announced today.

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