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WMWP hosts at least one conference each year: Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing.  

Best Practices takes place on a Saturday each fall. The conference provides an opportunity for new Teacher-Consultants to share the Teacher Inquiry Workshops they have presented during the Summer Leadership Institute. Other WMWP presenters offer sessions as well. The conference provides a keynote speech during the luncheon, and the Pat Hunter Award for Outstanding Teacher Leadership is presented at that time. The luncheon also serves as the graduation ceremony for the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program.

In the past, WMWP has also offered a second conference, Spring Symposium. Spring Symposium took place in March on a weekday afternoon and evening at a local university campus. The program included two rounds of workshops on current issues in education, a light supper, and a keynote speech. The Charles Moran Teacher Leadership Fellowship award used to be presented at the symposium, but is now announced alongside the Pat Hunter Award at Best Practices.

To read more about our conferences see our page on Best Practices.