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Professional Development

The Seven Valleys Writing Project provides a wide range professional development programs for teachers.  Our professional development model harnesses the enduring power of writing and is applicable to teachers in all disciplines and at all levels, K-12.  Each interactive program encourages teachers to treat their classrooms as research sites.  Seven Valleys engages educators in the learning process and brings to the table learning strategies teachers can implement immediately in their classrooms.


Our professional development model strives to build a collegial environment where teachers become expert learners and share their expertise with one another and their students. Our aim is to support teacher leaders who will together to strengthen school culture and classroom instructional practice.


The Seven Valleys Writing Project is an authorized provider for NCLB and included in the catalog of reform models for Comprehensive School Reform.

To inquire about or schedule a professional development program, contact:

David Franke

Professor SUNY Cortland & Director, Seven Valleys Writing Project


School Partnerships

The best way to achieve lasting change in literacy instruction is to participate in our partnership program. Partnerships are long-term commitments toward school improvement. Seven Valleys works closely with administration and teachers to design a program that best meets the needs of your district.

The goals of Seven Valleys’ school partnerships are to:

  • Improve learning for all students across levels and content areas
  • Increase the use of writing as a tool for learning in all subject areas
  • Expand the knowledge base for teaching literacy by providing continuous professional development on site
  • Build the leadership capacity of teachers
  • Expand school literacy programs to include families and the community
  • Encourage the sharing of effective teacher practice through a network of schools and districts

Our work with schools may include the following:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Writing Across the Curriculum and Writing in the Disciplines
  • Demonstration Lessons
  • In-service Workshops
  • Study groups
  • After-school workshop series
  • Community and family writing programs
  • Common Core Standards
  • Reserved positions for district teachers at Writing Project conferences and 7VWP’s Summer Invitational Institute

Professional Development Formats

Professional Days (1 hour, ½ day or full days)

Make the most of your district’s contractual professional development time with custom-designed full-day or half-day interactive workshops for the entire faculty or for a particular group. Professional Days are ideal for introducing new initiatives to teachers or for giving study groups a jump start on their work.


After-School Series

The after-school workshop series is the most flexible and effective way to provide sustained professional development to teachers and other staff. A sequence of interactive sessions totaling 10 hours or more meets New York State certification standards and offers participants the opportunity to develop in-depth understanding, apply what they are learning, and build a network of support.


Demonstration Sessions

An efficient way to disseminate knowledge and foster leadership is to have 7VWP model effective teaching strategies in demonstration lessons while your teachers participate. This program includes a collaborative planning session, a demonstration lesson and a debriefing session.


Regional Conferences:

Send teachers to regional professional development conferences held at SUNY Cortland.  Call for details or see TST BOCES MyLearningPlan.


Writing Saturdays

This offers teachers off-campus opportunities to participate in Workshops monthly and to connect and share with other teachers through the process of writing.  Teachers can choose to participate in two different types: WRITING TO LEARN or TEACHERS AS WRITERS.  Each workshop is held in Cortland, NY from 9-12.


Custom Designs

The workshop formats described above are only a few of the possibilities. Sometimes a combination of activities is needed to meet the needs of diverse faculty. Besides giving workshops, 7VWP teacher-consultants can provide mentoring to individuals or small groups, or present demonstration lessons.

Professional Development Offerings

All offerings are hands-on interactive seminars that engage teachers as learners. They can offered as full-day professional development days, 35-hour, or 12-20 after-school workshop series. All offerings can take place on-site, at your district.

  • Making Writing Work in All Classrooms
  • Narrowing the Achievement Gap: Working with Diverse Learners
  • Writing at the Core: Writing throughout the Common Core Standards
  • New Teacher Seminar
  • Linking Reading and Writing
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Reading Informational Texts
  • Understanding Complex Texts


Advanced Workshop Available to Our Partnership Schools:

  • Building Teacher Leadership – Training Teacher Leaders Within Your School

To inquire about or schedule a professional development program, contact:
David Franke
Professor SUNY Cortland & Director, Seven Valleys Writing Project

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