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Teaching Native American Histories -- new program!

Announcing Teaching Native American Histories, a two-week NEH Summer Institute for Teachers to take place July 16-28, 2017, on Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, our newest offering within a long history of professional development on Native American cultures and histories. Application deadline: March 1, 2017. Notification date: March 31, 2017. A $2,100 stipend will be provided for travel and lodging expenses. More will appear here soon about the program and how to apply! 

A wealth of exciting scholarship has appeared in the 21st century that has not found its way into K-12 or even post-secondary teaching about the histories, communities, and cultures of Native American peoples. This two-week program is organized around five key concepts:

  • place matters -- what we call "grounded history" -- exemplified by the Summer Institute's location in the Wampanoag homeland on present-day Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard;
  • identity is a contested space, encompassing how people see themselves and how they are seen by others;
  • indigenous identities are intimately connected to land;
  • historical trauma is an important factor to consider in how past events are taught in schools;
  • teachers can learn to find and evaluate classroom resources about Native Americans for themselves.

Open to all K-12 teachers but particularly suited for history and social studies teachers. We hope you will apply! See the Native Americans of New England page for more information on our recent NEH summer institutes.

Announcing the Doors to the World website!

The Doors to the World website is live! The website features a list of carefully chosen published picture books coming from and/or relating to a wide range of countries and cultures, each book presented with curricular, visual and informational materials that richly contextualize the story and enable teachers to readily integrate lessons using the book into their classrooms. Search for books, learn about critical reading strategies, and explore resources. Check it out, use it, and send us your feedback.

Doors to the World offers professional development experiences and accessible resources that PreK to grade 3 educators can use to promote global literacy through critical engagement with culture as represented in children's literature. Through imagination books can become doors that allow children to be part of the world created by the text’s words and images, expanding their view of the world and affirming, diversifying and recasting their social experiences within a global context.

A collaboration among the Five College Schools Partnership, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Hampshire College, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) College of Education, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, this project supports global understanding through literacy development, targeting Pre-K to Grade 3 children in U.S. classrooms. Doors to the World is supported by the Longview Foundation, the Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, and the Five College Consortium.

For more information about Doors professional learning opportunities, go to the Doors website or contact

Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership

The Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership (WMMP) is a network of higher education institutions and public school districts, ranging from large urban districts to small rural ones, dedicated to improving mathematics teaching and learning. Through the WMMP, faculty from grades K through 16 collaborate in professional learning communities and institutes on math and math teaching. Algebraic thinking and the vertical progression of Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice through the grades have become the focus of the WMMP's work in response to regional needs identified during a two-year planning and professional development period funded by the National Science Foundation.

For 2016-17, we are planning an exciting new programmatic approach. We will hold a one-day Fall Mathematics Institute to be held on Saturday, October 29, 2016 followed by a spring 2017 Professional Learning Community opportunity. 

Save the date!!

WMMP Fall Mathematics Institute: Improving Math Instruction through a Focus on the Standards for Mathematical Practice

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016, 8:30-4:00

Where: University of Massachusetts Amherst

What: Do math together and consider applications to your teaching in educator-led workshop sessions.


  • Snacks and lunch
  • A certificate documenting seven professional development hours
  • Preference for acceptance into a Spring WMMP PLC if you attend the Fall Institute. There will be an opportunity to document up to 22 hours of professional development if you register for both the Fall Institute and a Spring PLC. The Spring PLC carries a stipend of $150 for full participation.
  • Lots of math learning!

Call for proposals!

We are also calling for proposals from math educators who want to facilitate a workshop session. Deadline is September 9. See Call for Proposals link below. Please contact Claudine Margolis or Mike Hayes with any questions.

To see what WMMP participants said about 2015 professional learning communities, click on the pdf link below.

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