Writing Matters Conference 2020
Writing to Reflect and Recharge for
Students and Teachers

Keynote Announced January 2020


May 2, 2020 (Saturday), 8:30-3:30
Breakfast at 8:30 | Keynote at 9:00 |
Lunch at 1:00  | Sessions 9:00 – 3:30

A conference for teachers in all areas and levels
K-12 and Across the Curriculum

This year we are focusing on how writing can provide a “breathing space” for teachers (and students) to reflect on their learning, their goals, and their experiences, and also use those reflections to go more deeply into a topic.  Reflecting can provide a respite from the usual ways of doing things, allowing us to recharge.  

This conference is designed and delivered by K-12 teachers from the region in concert with the Seven Valleys Writing Project. Panel sessions provide concrete strategies for teachers to use in any classroom, K-12, and give practical tips on how teachers can use writing to create a learning community of writers that works – in every sense of the word.  Practicing teachers lead 100% of the panels. 

There are two ways to participate. You can opt to present an interactive, writing-based lesson to your colleagues at the conference, or you can simply attend and learn how other teachers have employed writing in their classroom to promote learning.

There are two ways to participate in the conference!

No fee is charged for conference presenters.
Proposal submission date is March 15 by 9:00 PM.
Go to this link to propose a presentation.

Attending only:
If you would like to simply attend, go to TST BOCES’ MyLearningPlan (Frontline: link up soon).
Conference fee is $50 for breakfast, lunch, and conference materials.

Write or call the Seven Valleys Writing Project Director at 607-753-5945, or 7VWP@cortland.edu

With gratitude to the support provided by the National Writing Project, the Empire State Writing Project Network, the Cincinnatus Teacher Center, Dryden Teacher Center, Cortland Teacher Center, Homer Teacher Center, TST BOCES, and the SUNY Cortland English Department