WMWP Summer Institute Bridges Gap in Teaching

Friday, June 15, 2018

Summer learning isn’t just for students.  Some educators carve out time during their summer vacations to brush up on their skills--like mathematics, social studies, science, and writing.

In July area teachers will return to downtown Springfield for specialized training. The Western Massachusetts Writing Project (WMWP) is hosting its Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) at the UMass Center.  The 3-week institute is for teachers at all grade levels (Pre-K to college) and in all subject areas.

“Unlike traditional professional development programs, the Summer Leadership Institute is based on the philosophy of ‘teachers teaching teachers’,” said Dr. Bruce Penniman, Site Director for the SLI.  “Participants work collaboratively to engage in inquiry into their own teaching practice and learn new strategies from each other as well as the facilitators.”

During the intensive training, teachers gain experience and confidence in writing and responding to writing, presenting to colleagues, and conducting action research in their own classrooms.  Ideally, the participants emerge as teacher-leaders, equipped to become forces for change in their own schools and the larger educational community. The WMWP alternates annually between two host sites--UMass Amherst and the UMass Center.

According to Penniman, “The UMass Center at Springfield location provides greater accessibility to teachers in Hampden County, as well as to those coming from further east or west.”  The UMass Center is conveniently located near Interstate 91 and the Mass Pike.

The Western Massachusetts Writing Project is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Department of English and the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.  There are still a few spots available for this Institute. For more information, visit https://www.umass.edu/wmwp/wmwp-summer-leadership-institute

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