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Hudson Valley Writing Project

Saturday Seminars

DEEPENING STUDENT LEARNING 

Saturday, March 7, 2020  |  8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
SUNY New Paltz, Old Main Building, room B125 (The 1907 Room) 

EVENT SCHEDULE: 

8:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.  |  Sign-In and Registration 

9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.  |  Welcome and Introductions 

9:20 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.  |  Breakout Workshops #1 (choose one): 

CHILDREN AS STORY-TELLERS, TEACHERS AS STORY-CATCHERS: 
Open-ended Play and Documentation as a Pathway to Story-Making 

Sally Chakwin, Livingston Street Early Childhood Community 
Children are natural-born storytellers; as we grow older, creativity and storytelling can stagnate. In this workshop, we will explore how play and our documentation of it can introduce new perspectives and deepen student learning. (Grades Preschool-College) 

CARTOGRAPHY WITH PURPOSE: 
Using Map-Making to Express Point of View 

Karen Nichols, Mount Saint Mary College 
Maps tell important stories. Making maps allows students to assert their voices and counter conventional historical interpretations of events. In this session, we will combine map analysis and map-making to explore what students can learn by creating powerful visual tools. (Grades 4-College) 

DEVELOPING AUTHORITY:
Inviting Students to Become Experts Through Independent Research 
Betsy Biernat, Stissing Mountain High School 
Students are often intimidated by the research essay process, allowing texts by "experts" to overwhelm their thinking and writing. This workshop offers a process for students that encourages independent, critical thinking and text choice that fosters expertise and voice. (Grades 7-12) 


10:45 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.  |  Breakout Workshops #2 (choose one): 

MAKING LANGUAGE TANGIBLE 
Lisa Stewart, Liberty Elementary School 
How can making language tangible empower students, English language learners in particular, to use new vocabulary? Find out as we study images, create, and share ideas. (Grades K-8) 

FEMINISM & FAIRY TALES:
How Critical Lenses Influence Student Analysis 
Samantha Mossman, Poughkeepsie High School 
How does giving students a critical lens to analyze literature impact their thinking about a text? We will consider this question as we practice using a feminist lens to look at fairy tales and then write our own retelling of one. (Grades 6-12) 

LISTEN BEFORE RESPONDING: 
Engaging with and Responding to Multiple Viewpoints 
Sierra Clegg, Ballston Spa High School 
How do we encourage students to make space for multiple viewpoints while learning about and responding to current events? We will explore the use of argument spectrums to encourage engagement with such heavy-hitting topics as the Trump impeachment inquiry. (Grades 9-12) 


11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  |  Breakout Workshops #3 (choose one): 

STAND UP & SPEAK OUT:
Opinion Based Writing 
Caitlyn Giampaolo, Warwick Valley Middle School 
What happens when students are asked to take a stand and express their opinions through writing? In this workshop, we will explore the use of anticipation guides and other practices that support students in forming and voicing their opinions. (Grades 2-12) 

WALKING IN THE SHOES OF ANOTHER: 
Character Writing Across the Content Areas 
Chrysanthe Gianiodis, Cornwall Central High School 
What happens when students, particularly English language learners, take on the roles and voices of others in their writing? Explore an imaginative and expansive writing opportunity that allows students to demonstrate their content knowledge in new ways. (Grades 3-12) 

WHAT'S TRUE? One Approach to SIFTing Through Sources 
Chris Mazura, Capital District Writing Project 
Based on a new resource developed by National Writing Project teachers, this workshop will introduce some basic concepts around web misinformation and disinformation. We'll then practice simple source and claim-checking techniques shown to improve student performance in both academic and civic information gathering tasks. (Grades 6-College) 


For directions and parking info, visit the interactive SUNY New Paltz campus map

Participants will receive a certificate documenting 3.5 inservice hours. HVWP at SUNY New Paltz is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE. 

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Questions? Please email us at hvwp@newpaltz.edu or call (845) 257-2811.