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.

Social Justice with the New England Holocaust Educators Network

TOLI
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Applications are currently being accepted for the New England Holocaust Educators Network seminar held each summer at the University of Massachusetts Amherst,hosted by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project and sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI). I strongly recommend this program.

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Youth Writing Adventure 2019

Monday, April 1, 2019

The 2019 Youth Writing Adventure, sponsored by the Western Massachusetts Writing Project, was held on the campus of the University of Massachusetts in March. Students from visiting schools were led in writing sessions led by WMWP teacher consultants. Young writer were immersed in experience of writing together, on the grounds of the university.

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This I Believe: Voices from the Youth Writing Adventure at UMass

Monday, March 25, 2019

Back in 1951, when describing his new radio series, journalist Edward R. Murrow wrote, "This I Believe. By that name, we present the personal philosophies of thoughtful men and women in all walks of life. In this brief space, a banker or a butcher, a painter or a social worker, people of all kinds who need have nothing more in common than integrity, a real honesty, will write about the rules they live by, the things they have found to be the basic values in their lives." 

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Chalk Talk: Remember the Ladies

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Smith Vocational Agricultural High School History teacher Shannon Brisbois, in the March Chalk Talk at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, explores the role of women in history, and how often they get left out of the history books. Read her piece - Remember the Ladies, All Year Long -- and peruse the entire Chalk Talk archives for inspirational stories from WMWP educators.

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Language, Culture and Diversity: Culturally Responsive Teaching

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

This presentation is an introduction to the intersection of UDL frameworks and Cultually Responsive Teaching. It is a short presentation meant to introduce educators to taking another look at the diversity of their students through their cultural identities beyond language and ethnicity. It also shares ways to deliver content so it is accessible to all students in a meaningful way by addressing the cultural variability in the classroom.

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When The Springfield Armory Is The Classroom

Refections from Teachers at the Springfield Armory
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Educators from kindergarten through high school in the Pioneer Valley joined together to explore local history, primary sources, literacies and the Springfield Armory National Historic Site. All participants used the Springfield Armory as the course classroom, and then worked on lesson plans and units that focused on local history. A focus was on innovation and technology, as the group explored how the Springfield Armory long served as a hub of manufacturing and history in our region, and beyond.

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