Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars
Five teachers (one male, four female) from the Invitational Institute, standing in a line and smiling..

HVWP VIRTUAL SATURDAY SEMINAR

LIFTING STUDENT VOICE THROUGH WRITING

 

Saturday, October 2, 2021  |  9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Online via Zoom | Login details will be emailed to registered participants

Enjoy the chance to write and be inspired by new teaching ideas at our upcoming seminar. In all-new workshops, HVWP teachers will share practices that engage students and support their growth as learners, writers, and thinkers.

EVENT SCHEDULE:

SESSION ONE WORKSHOPS (choose one):

USING DRAWING TO TELL A STORY
Mayra Rivera, Head Start of Eastern Orange County
One way to encourage our students to tell us their stories is to invite them to draw and then talk to us about their pictures. In this workshop, we will explore this practice ourselves and then examine children's work from a preschool classroom. (PreK-12)

COLLABORATIVE WORK: When Students Read Poetry as Mentor Text
Rebecca A. Mactas-Smith, Ellenville Jr./Sr. High School
Students learn from each other when they read, write, and talk together. In this workshop, we will analyze a Robert Frost poem as a mentor text, discuss our findings, and then co-create similar poems and reflect on the process. (Grades 3-12)

AGENCY, EMPATHY, AND VOICE: What Can We Learn from Students' Letters of Gratitude?
Melisa Rivera, Middle College High School
What happens when students meet and interact with “everyday activists"? In this workshop, we will examine students' writing and think about the power of finding one's voice and agency through writing letters of gratitude. (Grade 3-College)


SESSION TWO WORKSHOPS (choose one):

WRITING TO SEED BIG IDEAS: Using Picture Books to Approach Concepts of Equity and Social Justice
Dorothy France, Putnam Valley Elementary School
Students benefit by interacting - in their own voices - with characters in picture books. We will explore how how interactive writing during read-aloud can impact comprehension, expand writing, and contribute to a classroom culture that inspires empathy. (K-Grade 2)

THE POWER OF DAILY JOURNAL WRITING: Building Student Writing Skills
Jenna Isabella, Haldane High School
Students need protected writing time every day to foster their love of writing. We will explore how writing into class daily - structured or unstructured - can help students build writing stamina and improve their fluency in all genres of writing. (Grade 3-College)

WHO IS THE EXPERT? Giving Students Opportunities to Teach Us, Each Other, and Themselves
Amy Estersohn, White Plains High School
Why not give students opportunities to write about what they know best? Themselves! We will explore students’ capacity to teach us about their own learning. We'll engage in reflective writing and then explore students' candid, beginning-of-the-year writing. (Grade 5-College)

 

HVWP is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE.

Participants will receive certificates documenting 3 CTLE hours after the event, upon request.

Registration fee: $15 | $5 for full-time students

Questions? Please email us at hvwp@newpaltz.edu or call (845) 257-2836.