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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars

WRITING IN EVERY SUBJECT

Saturday, May 12, 2018  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Hudson River Teacher Center (Yorktown Heights)

9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  |  Opening Interactive Keynote

CREATING SPACE IN THE CLASSROOM FOR WRITING
Mary Sawyer, Director, Hudson Valley Writing Project; SUNY New Paltz, Teaching & Learning
How can we teach writing as a practice that promotes community, critical thinking, and agency? Participants will examine their own classroom practices and student writing samples with an eye toward revitalizing writing instruction. Session will also include an overview of the Hudson Valley Writing Project’s teacher-leadership and literacy programs.


10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.  |  Breakout Workshops

CODING IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM
Laura Bryant, New Paltz Middle School
Inspired by the National Writing Project's College, Career, and Community Writers Program (C3WP), in this workshop, we will study a nonfiction, science text set, develop our own claims, and look at what happens when students do the same. After specifically examining student work from a middle school science classroom, we will consider how to incorporate argument based writing in any classroom. (Grades 5-12)

GAINING HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE
Dawn Vandervloed, Washingtonville High School
Nora Callahan, SUNY New Paltz Social Studies Education Program
How can writing help students develop historical thinking? Using narrative prompts, we will write letters that highlight the unique perspective of an individual, a time period, and a specific audience or writer. (Grades 3-8)

MENTOR AT THE CENTER: Fostering Fearless Writers with Poetry Mentors
Lynn Garthwaite Olsen, John F. Kennedy Elementary School
Fear of "being wrong" prevents many students from taking necessary risks in writing. In this workshop, student writing will be at the center as we write, study, and consider how and why poetry supports developing writers. (Grades 1-12)


11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  |  Plenary Debriefing: Next steps, next actions, new questions

In addition to closing conversation and brief writing, CTLE certificates will be distributed. HVWP is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE. Certificates documenting 3 inservice hours will be available at the event.


Please contact HVWP with any questions: 
hvwp@newpaltz.edu (845) 257-2811