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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars

HVWP's free Saturday Seminars introduce educators to innovative strategies for teaching writing and strengthening literacy instruction. Practicing teachers lead experiential workshops that invite participants to write, look closely at student work, and engage in collegial conversations about teaching and learning.

Join HVWP for our first Saturday Seminar of the year!



Participants will be introduced to strategies for teaching writing that engage students in inquiry and encourages them to make choices in their learning while developing their voices.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.: SIGN-IN/REGISTRATION

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: SESSION 1 (choose one)


Jessica Stirberg, 123PLAY Preschool
What happens when we invite students to show their learning through movement? In this workshop, we will move, play, and write as we consider the importance of the brain-body connection to learning process. (All ages)

STUDENT-CENTERED LEARNING: Creating a Culture of Inquiry
Erin Stewart, Somers High School
What is the relationship between engagement and inquiry? We will explore how to use "Save the Last Word", a discussion strategy, to inspire learners and extend students; natural interest in posing questions. (K-12)

WRITING TO TALK: A Strategy for Discussion
Janet Bisti, South Middle School
This workshop explores a strategy for weaving role play and discussion together, allowing readers to take perspectives, write arguments, and learn difficult content (4-12)

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: SESSION 2 (choose one)

USING LOCAL HISTORY: Historical Empathy and Writing
Jennifer Howard, Morse Elementary School
How can we design experiences rooted in local history to empower students of color to write and build historical empathy in the process? Join this conversation that incorporates rich reading, listening, and writing. (K-12)

ENGAGING STUDENTS IN WRITING: Having Students Ask Their Own Questions
Chris Thomas, Miller Middle School
What happens when students who are often labeled as "disengaged" pose their own questions to launch their writing? We will explore the links between student-driven questions, student engagement, and literacy. (1-12)

"WRITE FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF...": Historical Thinking through Writing
Tara Kearns, Somers High School
Join a workshop where we will explore and re-purpose a framework originally designed to encourage 'reading and thinking like a historian' to examine our historical, perspective-based writing. (4-12)

The seminar will take place from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at SUNY New Paltz, Old Main Building, 1907 Room (B125, near the Studley Theater). See campus map.

The Hudson Valley Writing Project is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE.
Certificates documenting 3 inservice hours will be available at the event.

No pre-registration necessary to attend. 
Teachers wishing to document inservice hours through My Learning Plan should register online in advance at the MHTC website.

For more information, contact: hvwp@newpaltz.edu / 845-257-2811