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Scenes from the Springfield Armory Summer Camp

Exploring the Armory
Sunday, June 30, 2019

The last week of June marked the sixth year of a free week-long summer writing and history camp for Springfield students (middle and high school) at the Springfield Armory Historic Site. The camp -- a long-standing partnership between WMWP and the Springfield Armory and the Duggan School -- featured writing with inquiry and history and a sense of place.

At the camp this summer, the middle and high school participants:


Seeking Co-Director Applicants

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Dear colleagues,

Each spring, WMWP seeks two new co-directors to serve on its leadership team. This year, the three-year terms of Outreach Co-Director Kevin Hodgson and Language, Culture, and Diversity Co-Director Momodou Sarr are ending, and we are inviting applications for those positions for the next three-year term, 2019-2022.


Social Justice with the New England Holocaust Educators Network

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.


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.


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." 


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.


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.

View the video: