A writing conference for teachers and by teachers 
K-12 and across the curriculum
SUNY Cortland Corey Union
May 4, 2019, 8:30-4:00

Keynote: "Creating and Inhabiting Spaces as Teacher-Writers"
Dr. Christine Dawson, SUNY Albany.  Her keynote speech is entitled “Creating and Inhabiting Spaces as Teacher-Writers”


 Writing Matters VI:
Collaborating in Wonder

Keynote Dr. Christine Dawson, author of The Teacher-Writer, entitled “Creating and Inhabiting Spaces as Teacher-Writers”

Breakfast at 8:00 | Keynote at 9:00 | Sessions 10:00 – 4:00
K-12 Teachers register at TST BOCES
College faculty register here

Graduate students register here

$50 Conference Fee | Special Rate for Graduate Students
Presenters do not pay fee

Dr. Dawson’s recent book

What is most unusual about this conference is that the sessions are designed and delivered by K-12 teachers from the region.  The audience, professionals, writers and the person sigging beside you at lunch are all teachers, often from a different subject area.  W
hether you teach science, Social Studies, English, elementary education, or any other subject, we welcome your proposal to lead a session for teachers. Each session is led by an experienced teacher who shares a classroom strategy that uses writing to help students learn.  The key to getting your proposal accepted is that you show us how to learn something that matters to your teaching — how photosynthesis works; how to workshop a paper; how to understand a concept in math; how to write to a penpal — and you teach us through the process by having us use writing.  Most successful proposals have the audience of 10-15 teachers write, share their writing, talk, and write some more.  We think the best way to illustrate the use of writing is to have people actually write!  Go here to start your proposal: [up soon].

Presentations at the Writing Matters conferences are practical and participant driven.

Teachers leave Writing Matters VI with effective and engaging ways to use writing in their classrooms, no matter the content area or level (K-16 and across the curriculum).

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.  Presenters are always also participants, writing with the group, making knowledge in the process.  Discussion and writing in various media (computer, post-its, notebook paper, annotations, lists) are common, and each session will provide teachers with a handout that summarizes the session’s writing process.

MORE INFORMATION: Write or call the Seven Valleys Writing Project Director directly: David Franke at 607-753-5945, or 7VWP@cortland.edu

In association with the National Writing Project and the Seven Valleys Writing Project of SUNY Cortland, the Cincinnatus Teacher Center, Dryden Teacher Center, Cortland Teacher Center, Homer Teacher Center, TST BOCES, SUNY Cortland English Department and others.