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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars

Saturday, December 2, 2017
8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
SUNY New Paltz

OPENING WORKSHOP (for all attendees):

ADVOCATES AND ALLIES: Supporting English Language Learners Inside and Outside the Classroom

The Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP), in collaboration with the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center, offers this free Saturday Seminar to teachers who work with students of all ages—from preschool to college—in all subject areas.

The seminar will open with a discussion panel with educators who work in the field on behalf of English language learners. Panelists Laura Garcia (YWCA Orange County), Mary Sherman (Mid-Hudson Migrant Education Program), and David Mumper (Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network) will discuss the purposes of their work, the communities they serve, and the strategies and resources they use as advocates. HVWP Director Tom Meyer will moderate the conversation.

The panel will be followed by four breakout workshops in which preschool-grade 12 teachers share literacy teaching practices that support ENL students and their peers.



TELLING STORIES WITH FELT: Constructing Knowledge with Materials
Carol Garboden Murry, Abigail Lundquist Botstein Nursery School & Shelley Squires-Trani, Dutchess Community College Nursery School
What is the difference between reading a story in a good book, and telling a story with felt characters? We will look at how felt stories can support children’s sense of ownership and authorship as well as their understanding of the language and essential elements of story. (P-3)

ARGUMENT WRITING WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS: Introducing the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program
Fabiola Lieberstein-Solera, Beacon High School
“All teachers are teachers of ELLs.” This workshop helps teachers provide English learners access to their content areas through language-focused scaffolds and by utilizing materials that are linguistically age/grade appropriate and aligned to the Common Core. (4-12)

Melinda Martinez, Newburgh Free Academy North
During this workshop, we will look at student work and learning as we consider how and why English language learners may benefit from explicit instruction, in this case about how transitions function in writing. (4-12)

THE POWER OF WORDS: Nurturing and Honoring Students’ Language Acquisition
Christine McCartney, Excelsior Academy & Joseph Saffioti, SUNY New Paltz
After reading Patricia Smith’s short essay, “Talking Wrong,” we will write and think about the politics of language, and then explore and practice “corrective feedback,” which promotes language acquisition through positive classroom interactions. (6-12)


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.
However, you may register online in advance. 

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