Writing to Reflect and Recharge Our Students and Ourselves 

Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:30 AM -3:30 PM 

Held on the SUNY Cortland Campus 
in Corey Union

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.  Reflecting can provide an alternative to the usual ways of doing things, allowing us to recharge (and give our students the same opportunity).

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 in the conference!

You can opt to present an interactive, writing-based lesson to your colleagues at the conference, taking the lead in sharing your practice with interested colleagues, or … 

simply attend and participate in the workshops and panels, learning how other teachers have employed writing in their classroom to promote learning.

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:
Go to TST BOCES’ MyLearningPlan (Frontline: click here to register).
Conference fee is $50 for breakfast, lunch, and conference materials.
If you are paying for the conference and not your school or district, you may contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about scholarships that may be available to you.

Graduate students are also invited to attend and are eligible for a partial fee waiver (click here to RSVP).

Write or call the Seven Valleys Writing Project Director at 607-753-5945, or //writingmattersconference.com/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spotlight on Contemporary Antisemitism:

How do we help students understand that antisemitism did not begin nor end with the Holocaust? What do students need to know in order to recognize antisemitism today and stand up to antisemitism and other forms of hate?

This learning opportunity explores effective teaching of contemporary antisemitism, its global reach, and its expression in the form of hate speech, violence, denial, and distortion of the Holocaust.

Please join us, Saturday, March 14 from 9-4pm for this professional learning opportunity. See below for more details.

  • When: Saturday, 3/14 from 9am-4pm
  • Where: The History Center in Tompkins County - 110 N. Tioga St, Ithaca, NY 14850
  • Click here to register in MLP
  • 6 CTLE Hours
  • Click here for the flyer!
  • Target audience - MS & HS Social Studies Teachers
  • Please invite your Social Studies Networks from the region!!!


The facilitator will be Nancy Koppel. A brief bio is below:

Nancy Koppel has taught World History, European History including Advanced Placement, United States History, and the History of the Holocaust and Genocide for over 25 years. She holds a B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literature from New York University, a master’s degree in Teaching Social Studies from Montclair State University, and has completed the Master Teacher program in Holocaust Education at Rutgers University.

The 2020 Whole School Wellness Conference took place on JANUARY 24th 8:00 AM – 2:15 PM at the PARK CENTER, SUNY CORTLAND.

Want to particpate next year? The conference is expected to be held in January 2021. Check back in October 2020 for information about submitting a workshop proposal to present your work and registratoin information for attending as a participant.

Conference Topics include: Active Classrooms, Sensory Needs, Restorative Practices, Brain Boosts, Cool Down, Mindfulness and more. Each participant registered through the Teacher Center link will receive a free pack of U.S. Games and OPEN P.E. active classroom resources after the conference.

8:00-8:30     Check In- A refreshment table available throughout the day.
8:30-8:45     Welcoming Remarks
8:45-10:00   Keynote Presentations
10:00-1:45   Concurrent Sessions
1:45-2:15     Closing Remarks, Raffle, Free classroom pack distribution

This event is sponsored by OPEN P.E., the NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and NYS Teacher Centers.
Teachers and other elementary school staff may register at this link. There is a $50 registration fee which will be paid by your local teacher center upon approval of your registration. Please to not submit a payment request to your school district or BOCES. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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