Hudson Valley Writing Project

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


Saturday, April 17, 2021  |  9 a.m. - 12:30 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.


9 a.m.  |  For All Participants:

Christina Saylor, Highland High School and Terri Weiss, Valley Central Middle School


WRITING INTO OUR WORK: Incorporating Writing into Our Professional Practice
Douglas Cronk, White Plains Public Schools
What are the implications of making writing an integral part of our professional practice? In this workshop, we will explore the writing embedded into activities such as department and faculty meetings. (PreK-12)

FINDING OUR STORIES, TELLING OUR STORIES: Discovering Identity Through Writing, Reflecting and Sharing
Edward Gold, Monticello High School
What happens when students are guided through a writing process to reflect upon their own identity using a variety of genres? We will examine student work and consider the implications for these strategies in our practice. (Grades 6-12)

WRITING TO RESTORE: Preparing for Collaborative Problem Solving through Letter Writing
Mary Capobianco, Ulster BOCES Center for Innovation Teaching and Learning
Together we will consider how writing can help students and teachers reflect on unsolved problems and develop empathy, improving restorative practices and offering solutions to persistent classroom and community conflicts. (Grades 6-12)

CHANGING THE WORLD: Problem-based Learning and Civic Action
Kyle Cina, Hendrick Hudson High School
In this session, we will examine how process writing and research, combined with problem-based learning, can help students develop greater personal agency and lead them to impact their communities through positive advocacy. (Grades 6-12)


WRITING ALONGSIDE OUR STUDENTS: Cultivating an Inclusive Reflective Writing Culture
Kerin Santos, Roots and Wings Village
In this workshop, we’ll explore how teacher participation in journaling and discussion can create a more inclusive, growth-oriented, process-over-product, relationship-driven writing culture in the classroom. (Grades K-5)

CRAFTING DATA-BASED ARGUMENTS IN SCIENCE: Considering the Role of Scaffolding in Argumentative Writing
Jonathan Heiles, Poughkeepsie Day School
What happens when students are asked to write about their experiments with and without extensive scaffolding? We’ll consider how each approach impacts how students view experimental results and, by extension, the nature of scientific knowledge. (Grades 4-16)

Taylor Berndt, Cornwall Central High School
What happens when students have the chance to gather and build background knowledge prior to delving into whole class texts? In this workshop, we will explore how low-stakes creative writing can hook your students prior to engaging with larger works. (Grades 6-12)

MACHINE TRANSLATION: Teaching Academic Integrity in a World Language Classroom
Tamara Natoli, Marlboro Central School District
How can students learn to distinguish between cheating and using a resource for their learning? We’ll explore ways to help students better understand the benefits and pitfalls of machine translators and how to make good use of them. (Grades 7-12)

HVWP is a NYSED-approved sponsor of CTLE.

Participants will receive certificates documenting 3.5 CTLE hours after the event, upon request.

Registration fee: $25 | Free for full-time students

Questions? Please email us at or call (845) 257-2836.