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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Current Workshops for Teachers


Join teachers exploring important social issues in their classrooms, including racism, immigration, gender equity, and LGBTQ rights.

Middle, high school, and college classrooms should be the setting for powerful exchanges regarding human rights. When students are given the opportunity to engage in civic discourse, they are better prepared to take an active role in a democratic society and become practiced in the art of critical thinking, leading to greater academic and personal achievement.

This new workshop series is designed to provide teachers with support for teaching contemporary issues and promoting civic discourse. We will offer a forum for discussing sensitive topics, where teachers will learn and practice teaching and facilitation strategies with a social-justice orientation. All of the strategies presented are aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards for grades 7-12.

Tuesdays, 4:00 PM-7:00 PM
March 6, 13 & 20; April 3 & 10, 2018 (snow date: April 17)

SUNY New Paltz, Old Main Building
1907 Room (Room B125-Ground Level)

Christine McCartney & Jackie Hesse, HVWP
Laura Garcia, YWCA Orange County


FEE: No cost.

REGISTRATION: Online via MHTC beginning December 15.

QUESTIONS: Contact HVWP | hvwp@newpaltz.edu | (845)257-2811

I want my students to learn how to take the perspectives of their peers and listen to the opinions and thoughts of others. This course gave me strategies to encourage my students to engage with one another with an open mind. I also learned a great deal about the issues we explored. 

-- Torrence Harvey, Social Studies teacher, Newburgh Free Academy

The Hudson Valley Writing Project at SUNY New Paltz offers this program in collaboration with the YWCA Orange County and the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center. HVWP & MHTC are NYSED-approved sponsors of CTLE and our professional development aligns to and extends beyond literacy goals suggested by the Common Core. We subscribe to the core principles guiding all National Writing Project sites.