Reimagining teaching and learning
toward a more just society 

“We are guided by a belief that creating transformative learning experiences for educators is essential to helping educators create transformative learning experiences for their students and peers.”


WPS is a Massachusetts-based non-profit education start-up focused on exploring approaches to teaching and learning that balance the humanistic, intellectual, and pragmatic aims of education. WPS is grounded in the belief that teaching and learning is one of the most transformative of human endeavors. We facilitate inductive learning experiences for students and educators that are experiential, balance the acquisition and application of knowledge, and deepen both agency and self-reflection.

Our Educator Institute exposes K12 educators from across the country to the types of learning experiences they are seeking to create for their students. WPS hosts a range of highly differentiated professional development programs that speak to the needs and interests of seasoned teachers and school leaders. Programs are developed by WPS or in collaboration with aligned partner organizations that are designed with the following core learning principles in mind:


Inductive: Learning is discovered, not told

Participant-driven: Learners direct learning through curiosity and inquiry

Intensive Peer Exchange: Learners engage deeply with each other to clarify and interrogate their own thinking and beliefs across lines of difference

Metacognitive & Mindset Shifting: Learners reflect on content through their experiences, setting aside time for analysis and self-reflection, rather than just “doing”.

Research-based: Learners critically consume research on the content of study across disciplines and industries 

At the Intersection of Heart & Mind: Learners are affirmed and trusted by colleagues and facilitators to grapple with complex content




WPS · 196 Herrick Rd. · Newton, MA · 02459 · info@wpsinstitute.org

Architecture photos courtesy of Richard Mandelkorn photography.