Workshops

Seven Valleys Writing Project

Learning Through Letters: Sneaking Writing into the Classroom
At its core, letter writing is always addressed to a real audience. It makes connections to other people. Kids love to write them and to get them. Teachers can harness letter writing to deepen student engagement and learning between classmates, classes, and schools.

Experienced Seven Valleys Writing Project teachers lead a hands-on session at SUNY Cortland on ways to teach letter writing in any subject: STEM, Art, English, Social Studies, K-6 levels, etc. Seven Valleys is teachers teaching teachers; their sessions are supportive, challenging, and practical. 

October 28, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
SUNY Cortland Old Main Building 209-A, 

Write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Dr. David Franke at 607-753-5945 for more information. Register for this workshop on MLP.

 

 

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.

Our Writing Project site, linked to SUNY Cortland in Central New York, is run for teachers and by teachers.  Our site (part of the state and national network of Writing Project sites) supports the teachers in our region by providing:

  • Membership in our local network of progressive teacher-colleagues, K-12;
  • Opportunities to lead workshops and boards focused on writing to learn;
  • Strategies for developing their own public voice and reflective practice;
  • High-quality professional development in CNY;
  • Reading, writing, and thinking experiences that prepare you to be a leader in writing;
  • Support for your own personal and professional writing;
  • Classroom strategies for using the power of writing for authentic learning from kindergarten to college and all points in between.

Writing Matters Conference 2018

March 10, 2018!

Submit proposals from this page beginning in January of 2018.

The Writing Matters conferences are held on SUNY Cortland’s campus.  They bring together teacher-leaders from across CNY (and sometimes as far away as NYC and Boston) to lead sessions on the teaching of writing.  All sessions are interactive — the audience does stuff as the leader takes them through a 75-minute participatory inquiry into writing.  The goal is not to share some “tips” about teaching writing, but to lead as a writer to other writers.

Trauma Awareness in Schools

Join us we break down the components of a Trauma-Informed School. Becoming a trauma-informed school requires a layered approach to create an environment with clear behavior expectations for everyone, open communication, and sensitivity to the feelings and emotions of others.

(from TraumaAwareSchools.org)

Components of a Trauma-Informed School

There are many ways to weave trauma-informed approaches into the fabric of schools, including strategic planning by administrators, staff training, and direct intervention with traumatized students. To move toward a trauma-informed school environment, it is important to build knowledge and communication in these areas:

Impact of Trauma on Students

Trauma Services in Schools

Threat Assessment

Student Behavior

Secondary Traumatic Stress

Bullying and Cyberbullying

Coping with the effects of others' trauma can be draining and can have lasting negative effects. It is not uncommon for educators who deal with traumatized children to develop their own symptoms of traumatic stress. This is known as secondary traumatic stress.

In order to best serve their students and and maintain their own health, educators must be alert to the signs of secondary traumatic stress in themselves and their coworkers. In a trauma-informed school, staff should be encouraged to practice self-care along with other strategies to guard against or heal from the effects of secondary traumatic stress.

Presenter: KAREN DUDGEON, LCSW - COUNSELOR, CORTLAND NY

Workshop dates and information coming soon.

For more information visit Trauma Informed Schools

Supporting Students with Brain Injury

Each year over 1,000,000 children sustain brain injuries ranging from mild to severe.

Problems seen in children subsequent to brain injury may include deficits in attention and concentration, memory, organizational skills, executive functioning, changes in behavior, social skills and emotional control. These can present significant challenges for school personnel.  

Training is available from the Brain Injury Association of New York State to assist:

  • Teachers and Teacher Aides
  • School Nurses
  • Counselors and Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • Administrators

The goals of the training are to:

  • Provide an overview of brain injury in all children, not just student athletes
  • Assist school staff in recognizing the signs & symptoms of brain injury
  • Help school staff respond appropriately & assist with the student’s recovery process using a team approach (The REAP Protocol)
  • Identify teaching strategies/classroom accommodations that can assist with the student’s recovery
  • Identify FREE resources available to children, their families and school personnel, including the statewide FACTS program

NYSUT ELT Workshops for Teachers and School Related Professionals

New for the 2017-2018 school year!  The Cortland County Teacher Center will host NYSUT ELT regional training seminars at Center for the Arts in Homer, NY this year. Please email Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to register for any of the ELT workshops in the Southern Tier Learning Place Catalog. Megan will make sure that you are registered to attend in Homer (or one of the other locations (Vestal & Elmira) and she will provide CTLE certificates to all attendees. Include the following information: (1) Title of seminar, (2) date and location seminar, (3) your name, (4) association name, (5) your e-mail address, (6) your preferred mailing address, and (7) your preferred phone number. See the 2017-2018 Southern Tier Learning Place Catalog for the full schedule.

Workshops are free and open to all Teachers and School Related Professionals on a first come first serve basis.
Registration links are not available on Frontline/My Learning Plan. To register contact  Meghan LeSuer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creating a Positive Environment
October 12, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
A positive classroom environment is a major ingredient of effective schools. When students are comfortable in a learning situation, the likelihood for success is greatly increased. This seminar will address verbal communication, positive phrasing, motivation theory, and learner needs. Activities will help participants to integrate these topics.

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment – Violence Prevention (Health &Safety Certification)
November 16, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior.

Disability Awareness (Health &Safety Certification)
December 14, 2017 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
Participants will acquire a general understanding of the thirteen disability categories and key concepts related to the education of students with disabilities. Participants will experience what it is like to have a disability and learn strategies for improving student learning and behavior.

Parent-Teacher Conference: Strategies for Success
January 10, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
The seminar uses videos, handouts and discussion points to help teachers prepare for a conference with parents. The seminar also helps establish or improve communication involving the teacher, student and parents.

Classroom Management
February 12, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Homer High School, 80 South West Road, Homer, NY 13077
Learn how to establish a framework for developing a personal system of classroom management that includes organizing the classroom to facilitate learning and enhancing the competence of all students. This seminar will model and investigate several conditions that are integral to an effectively managed classroom.

21st Century Skills for Teachers
March 14, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar is designed to address one of the NYS Teaching Standards priorities by helping teachers understand that knowledge is expanding at a more rapid rate than ever anticipated. Information and communication are changing how we teach and how students learn.  Routine skills are no longer the basis for the workplace or the classroom. The seminar will emphasize that today’s students and teachers must be able to communicate, share, and use information in a number of diverse ways. We will discover together that using information and solving complex problems as we adapt and innovate to a changing work environment is critical to student success in our world. Technology and problem solving skills will be defined as successful learning and the participants will develop strategies to share those skills with their students.

Discipline Strategies
March 20, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar takes a comprehensive look at student-centered discipline and offers a plan of action for teachers who wish to establish a positive classroom learning environment. Teachers learn how to set expectations and design strategies to prevent discipline problems.

Student Engagement
April 3, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar addresses one of the most critical priorities of the NYSUT Rubric (Danielson and Marzano) and the NYS Teaching Standards upon which student success is based. Teachers new to the profession may have seen these signs of engagement during their student teaching and are challenged as to how to plan for this in their everyday teaching. The seminar will engage them in strategies that will help them sustain wonder, enthusiasm and perseverance for students through their teaching. At some time, new teachers may have felt stymied by traditions of reward and punishment. Our challenge is to help them surpass these very real difficulties and provide a practical model for understanding what our students want and need.

Supporting Students with Autism (Health &Safety Certification)
April 4, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Homer High School, 80 South West Road, Homer, NY 13077
Ending the achievement gap between students with disabilities and their non-disabled peers requires addressing the essential factors that can influence their success.  This three-hour training provides up-to-date information on the clinical and associated features of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs), including Asperger’s Disorder. Attention will be given to how these features manifest themselves and present unique instructional and learning challenges within educational settings. The seminar goes beyond the core features of the disorders and covers evidence-based, pro-active strategies for helping children and adolescents with ASDs succeed in schools today.

21st Century Skills for Teachers
July 10, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar is designed to address one of the NYS Teaching Standards priorities by helping teachers understand that knowledge is expanding at a more rapid rate than ever anticipated. Information and communication are changing how we teach and how students learn.  Routine skills are no longer the basis for the workplace or the classroom. The seminar will emphasize that today’s students and teachers must be able to communicate, share, and use information in a number of diverse ways. We will discover together that using information and solving complex problems as we adapt and innovate to a changing work environment is critical to student success in our world. Technology and problem solving skills will be defined as successful learning and the participants will develop strategies to share those skills with their students.

Dealing with Difficult Students in the School Environment – Violence Prevention (Health &Safety Certification) 
July 31, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will offer strategies for dealing with students who exhibit chronic and extreme misbehavior, including violence. Participants will learn what motivates students to misbehave, intervention techniques to use at the moment of misbehavior, how to avoid and defuse confrontations, and ways to reinforce desirable behavior.

Constructivist Teaching and Learning
August 15, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts, 72 South Main Street, Homer, NY 13077
This seminar will address one of the priorities of the NYS Teaching Standards. Teachers must consider how each student learns. Understanding how to address this in the classroom means that teachers must implement a variety of instructional strategies. Participants will explore how students learn when they “build” the learning for themselves. When students are asked to classify, analyze, predict and create, they begin to think critically and ask questions in order to understand the complex material presented to them in school and in the world.