Pathways to Teacher Leadership Programs

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 4:00pm

Like all other local National Writing Project sites, the Western Massachusetts Writing Project offers teachers in grades PK-college what many call a career-transforming professional growth opportunity in its annual Summer Leadership Institute. Supported by the WMWP facilitators and each other, these teachers spend several weeks immersed in personal writing, professional reading, and reflective inquiry into their own teaching practices. During the following school year, they conduct action-research projects in their own classrooms and reunite to share their findings. At the end of this process, they emerge as WMWP Teacher-Consultants (TCs), well qualified to take on leadership roles in professional learning and curriculum development.

To make the transformative Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) experience accessible and relevant to more teachers, WMWP has created three alternative pathways to teacher leadership. These inquiry-based institutes include the strands of the SLI—teacher as presenter, teacher as writer, teacher as researcher—and participants still earn the TC credential, but they are offered during the school year, and they address specific content areas:

  • Science Literacy Leadership Institute (PK-12). Focus: new STE framework

  • Civics Literacy Leadership Institute (PK-12). Focus: new H&SS framework

  • College, Career & Community Writers Institute (6-12). Focus: argument

All institutes are facilitated by experienced teacher-leaders who will share a variety of strategies for designing culturally relevant classroom environments that can empower diverse learners.

An important note: While these institutes serve as alternatives to the Summer Leadership Institute for new members of the WMWP community, they are also open to current TCs who wish to build their leadership skills in a new area: science, civics, or the teaching of argument writing.

We hope that you will want to take advantage of this exciting capacity-building opportunity and make an investment in teacher leadership. Details about the institutes—dates and locations, PDPs and credits, and costs and registration procedures—are included in flyers that can be downloaded below. Space is limited, so we are taking registrations now. The regisrtration deadline is September 20, 2018. Please feel free to contact the WMWP Professional Development Coordinator at if you have questions.

To register for an insitute as an individual, please click Program Registration at the right.

To register with a school purchase order, please contact the WMWP Professional Development Coordinator at