Writing Matters 2015

The Seven Valleys Writing Project is proud and excited to present our Writing Matters 2015 conference.

With a focus on audience and exigency, we have a wide variety of presentations that all emphasize the importance of writing in the classroom. Robert Yagelski, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry from the University at Albany, returns as our Keynote speaker this year.

Part of our central focus in this conference is the positions that teachers should take as leaders in their field. We ask, and aim to answer the following questions:

  • What is leadership for teachers, by teachers?
  • What does it mean to say teachers must seek risky classrooms (in perilous times, even)?
  • What does it mean to use writing to learn in all disciplines, content areas, and levels?


Some Important Info:

The cost of the conference is as follows:
Teachers, Administrators, Educational Community………$20
Support Staff, Paraprofessionals, Students……………….. $10
Fee waived for presenters

Writing Matters shares teachers’ innovative, practical, interactive, stimulating and engaging strategiesfor using writing in and out of the classroom.

Writing Matters is unusual in several ways.

  1. It’s driven by teacher expertise with classroom experience.  Teachers can propose to deliver an interactive session on how they use writing in their classroom, focusing on a particular assignment or strategy.
  2. Writing Matters assumes teachers at all levels have much to share with other teachers, K-16.
  3. This conference is supported by a National Writing Projectgrant and the Empire State Writing Project Network, bringing together teachers from inside and outside Central New York.

The Seven Valleys Writing Project is the local chapter of the National Writing Project, and is named and authorized in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, otherwise known as NCLB, Subpart 2. The funding for NWP is chaptered in Title II. Federal Support for professional development is also offered through the Seven Valleys Writing Project via the U.S. Department of Education’s Title II Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant of 2012 (SEED).