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.

Chalk Talk: erin feldman on Mindfulness

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

WMWP Teacher Consultant erin feldman explores the ideas of Mindfulness in the classroom in the latest Chalk Talk column in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Read erin's piece -- entitled Being With What Is -- and consider how you might incorporate Mindfulness into your own situation. Chalk Talk is a montly column in the Gazette's Learning section that aims to give voice to educators.

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WMWP Technology Programs 2020

WMWP Tech
Monday, January 27, 2020

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project Technology Team is offering a wide range of technology programs for school districts. From using technology to support writing and reading in the classroom, to data collection and analysis for teachers, to creativity with Google Apps for Education, WMWP has the expertise and the resources to help your schools.

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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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