Writing Matters Conference

Writing Matters:
Beyond the Writing Process

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The Seven Valleys Writing Project is excited to present this call for presentations!

 Share your teaching of writing with other professional educators.
=> Submit a presentation proposal.

Join with teachers across the curriculum on March 19.
=> Register to attend via MyLearningPlan.

Printable Flyer HERE!

The SUNY Cortland Writing Matters III theme is “What Comes after the Writing Process?” Presentations center on innovation, with a fresh look at ways to build students’ knowledge incrementally over the school year, examination of innovative paper assignments, development of new genres of writing and storytelling, presentations on how to hold school-wide (and beyond) writing, and identification of small, subtle ways to sneak in writing to help student focus and reflect.

Writing Matters III encourages discussion of digital, incremental, collaborative, and creative classroom approaches to writing.  All sessions encourage audience participants to write, talk and collaborate.

WM III is open to all grade level teachers K-16 and across the curriculum.


The presentations will address such questions 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?
  • How can the writing classroom go beyond the conventional “read-discuss-submit” paper sequence?
  • What are effective new ways to use writing in any classroom?

The Writing Matters Conference 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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