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The Buzzards Bay Writing Project

a National Writing Project site

The Massachusetts Writing Project

Professional Development Formats

Professional Days

Custom-designed full-day or half-day interactive workshops for the entire faculty or for a particular group allow you to make the most of your district's contractual professional development time. Professional days are ideal for introducing new initiatives to teachers, or for giving study groups a jump start on their work.


The after-school workshop series is the most flexible and effective way to provide sustained professional development to teachers and other staff. A sequence of interactive sessions totaling 10 hours or more meets Massachusetts re-certification standards, and offers participants the opportunity to develop in-depth understanding, to apply what they are learning, and to build a network of support.

Credit Courses

For those teachers who need and want to earn graduate credit as they pursue their professional development goals, the Buzzards Bay Writing Project is prepared to offer one-, two- and three- credit courses at your site at reasonable cost through the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Demonstration Sessions

The Buzzards Bay Writing Project can model effective teaching strategies by demonstrating lessons while your teachers observe. This program includes a collaborative planning session, a demonstration lesson, and a debriefing session.

Summer Programs

Summer offers many teachers the best opportunity for in-depth professional development. The Buzzards Bay Writing Project is prepared to offer programs at your site ranging from several hours to a week or more.

Custom Designs

The Buzzards Bay Writing Project can work together with you and your staff to design a program or range of programs that best meet the current needs of your district. Involving teachers and administrators in the designing process helps to both create successful professional development, and builds teacher leadership with your schools.

For more information about BBWP's professional development opportunities, contact Diana Grady, BBWP Inservice/Professional Development Coordinator, at bbwp@umassd.edu

Buzzards Bay Writing Project
Center for University, School and Community Partnerships
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
200 Mill Road, Suite 150
Fairhaven,MA 02719
(774) 929-3002; Fax: (508) 990-1206

Buzzards Bay Writing Project

BBWP Brochure (pdf)

Seaquestered Brochure (pdf)

National Writing Project⇒

Request for Funding (pdf)


1 Summer 2008  (pdf)

2 Fall 2008 (pdf)

3 Winter 2008-2009 (pdf)

4 Spring 2009 (pdf)