Writing Matters IV


Writing Matters IV, 2017: The Work of Writing

March 11, 2017 (Saturday) on the SUNY Cortland Campus, Corey Union

Open to teachers at all levels and K-12

Keynote by Dr. Stephen Parks

Register for the conference at MyLearningPlan here

THEME:  The SUNY Cortland Writing Matters IV theme is “The Work of Writing.”

When is writing “good work”?  How do teachers do the work of collaborating?  The work of responding to student work?  Of integrating writing quietly into the classroom?  Of having students revise?  How do we engage in the work of writing ourselves with our hectic schedules?

INTERACTIVE SESSIONS:  Presentations at the Writing Matters conferences are practical and participant driven. The goal is for teachers to leave Writing Matters IV with effective and engaging ways to use writing in their classrooms, no matter the content area or level (K-16 and across the curriculum).

EXAMPLES:  Proposals are invited from teachers who can share interactive ways to work in

  • new genres for classroom writing and storytelling;
  • propose ways to to hold school-wide or beyond-school writing;
  • identify small, subtle ways to sneak in writing that will help students focus and reflect
  • showcase ways to use digital writing media
  • ways to make writing collaborative
  • links between content areas (art and writing, literature and history, etc).
  • “creative” ways to have students write

All sessions will allow audience participants to write, talk and collaborate.
Writing Matters is open to all grade level teachers K-16 and across the curriculum.

FORMAT:  The most common format is for teacher-presenters to lead either singly or in a team of two.  Roundtable discussions of 4-6 teachers on a relevant topic are also encouraged, but be sure to identify a chair who will organize the session, and describe how you’ll have participants (and leaders!) write in the session.   In all sessions, the audience and presenters are predominantly classroom teachers and writers.

FUNDAMENTALS: Coffee, light breakfast, lunch, technology and close parking are provided. Check-in 7:30 – 8:30.  Sessions 8:30  – 3:00. $50 Conference fee: K-12 teachers register for the conference at MyLearningPlan.  Conference session leaders are exempt from the fee.

MORE INFORMATION: 607-753-5945, or 7VWP@7VWP.com

Press Release:

SUNY Cortland’s fourth-annual Writing Matters Conference, held at Corey Union March 11th, 8:30-4:00, provides Central New York teachers at all levels and subject areas, K-16, practical and thoughtful ways to engage in “The Work of Writing.”  Every session is led by experienced writing teachers sharing teacher-tested approaches for incorporating writing into your classroom. Professor Stephen Parks from Syracuse University will present on “What I learned by Working with Teachers.” The Writing Matters Conference will provide 7.5 hours of PD credit and is COSER-able through MyLearningPlan.  The cost is $50.  A light breakfast and lunch are provided.  Parking is free and close.  Certificates will be provided.  Some serious swag.  Register MyLearningPlan.  Propose a session at http://writingmattersconference.com. Proposal deadline is February 25 at midnight.



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