Writing Matters in Every Classroom 2015

Seven Valleys Writing Project thumbnailThe Seven Valleys Writing Project, in concert with the Cortland County Teacher Center, the  Southern Tier School/Community Network, the New York Master Teachers Program, and the Teacher-Leader Quality Partnership are proud and excited to present our 2015 conference

Writing Matters in Every Classroom

(Brochure with presentation times and details)

Writing and learning is the conference topic. Our keynote is Robert Yagelski, Associate Vice Provost and Director of the Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry from the University at Albany, and Director of the Albany National Writing Project site, the Capitol Area Writing Project.  Bob’s talk is sure to be provocative, timely, and accessible.  Ruth Fulham, President of the Culham Writing Company and author of 6+1 Traits of Writing will deliver a virtual presentation exclusively for conference participants.

Some writing by Yagelski:


The presentations will address such problems as these:

  • How can writing enhance learning in all content areas, from science to history to elementary classrooms?
  • How can teachers be effective peer leaders?
  • How can teachers collaboratively develop writing instruction across the curriculum.

Writing Matters shares teachers’ innovative, practical, interactive, stimulating and engaging strategies for 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 Project grant, the Teacher-Leadership Partnership Quality Grant, the Master Teachers Program, the Southern Tier Teacher Center Network, and the Cortland County Teacher Center

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).

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