The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Current Offerings, Formats, and Sample Topics

Current Offerings

WMWP works directly with administrators to design professional development and consulting programs to meet the specific needs and demands of schools and districts. To download our professional development brochure, please click on the image at the right.

Read an overview of WMWP's two-part course Reaching and Teaching All Learners: Supporting ELLs & Students with Diverse Learning Styles, which fulfills the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's recertification requirements (15 PDPs on working with ELLs and 15 PDPs on working with diverse learners).

Read a description of WMWP's new Science Literacy / Literacy in Science course, which will integrate analysis of the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core literacy standards with curriculum development and leadership strategies.

WMWP also offers three approved DSAC professional development courses, all of which are relevant to teachers across the disciplines. To read fact sheets for these courses, click on the links below.


Formats and Sample Topics

School Professional Development Days

  • Close Reading in the Content-Areas
  • Writing Arguments in the Content-Areas
  • Effective Writing Workshops
  • Integrating Technology into the Classroom
  • Learning to Write, Writing to Learn

Early Release or Late Start Days

  • Unpacking the Common Core State Standards
  • Creating Authentic Assessments
  • Informational and Reflective Writing
  • Story-telling Magic: The Power of Words

After-School or Full-Day Workshop Series (15 hours)

  • Professional Writing
  • Library of Congress: Using Primary Sources
  • Reading and Writing in the Content-Areas
  • Curriculum Design Trainings: Using Understanding by Design
  • Teaching Diverse Learners (SPED)
  • Promoting Academic Language (ELL)
  • Critical Literacy Skills in Science and Technology/Engineering (STE)
  • Horizontal and Vertical Curriculum Alignment
  • Portfolio Assessment

Graduate Courses, including Summer Institutes (35-45 hours)

  • Writing and the Teaching of Writing
  • Reaching and Teaching All Learners: Recertification (ELL and SPED)
  • Teaching Informative and Persuasive Writing (DSAC-approved)
  • Reading and Teaching Literary Nonfiction and Informational Texts (DSAC-approved)
  • Principles and Practices of Effective Content-Area Literacy Curriculum Design (DSAC-approved)
  • Teaching with Technology: Connected Learning in a Connected World
  • Deepening Content Learning by Improving Content Literacy
  • Teaching by Design in the English Language Arts Classroom
  • Reading and Writing in the Disciplines
  • Science Literacy / Literacy in Science Institute
  • Summer Leadership Institute
  • ELL Leadership Institute
  • Literacy Leadership Institute

Full-year Partnerships, including Workshops, Demonstrations, and General Consulting

  • Effective Writing: Using Write Traits in the Elementary Grades
  • Nurturing a Culture of Reading and Writing in the Content-Areas