The Seven Valleys Writing Project (7VWP)
Founded on the belief that everyone, from professionals to elementary children, can use writing to connect, communicate and learn, we at 7VWP work to provide teaches with the support, critical response, and leadership opportunities that comes from a collaborative community. Our writing project, one site of almost 200 across the National Writing Project network, aims to provide opportunities for educators in the Central New York region, so that
- Teachers have access to a local network of colleagues, and learn how to develop their own reflective practice.
- Schools and school districts have access to high-quality professional development that incorporates teachers’ varied knowledge and interests in conjunction with school and community needs.
- Students and teachers alike have access to reading, writing, and thinking experiences that prepare them to participate in and contribute to their communities.
7VWP believes that:
- Writing is a powerful tool for learning and thinking in all content areas and for all age groups.
- Writing can create thoughtful, collaborative communities.
- Writing is powerful in many forms, lengths, genres, and media (in other words, in many forms besides the essay).
- Excellent teachers are powerful teachers of their adult colleagues.
- The best teachers of writing are those who write
Statistics show that teacher retention is strongly increased by National Writing Project participation. Furthermore, a recent study shows that “in every case the improvement of students taught by teachers who participated in NWP programs exceeded that of students whose teachers were not participants” (http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3208).
Join us as we continue to move forward in our pursuit of teaching, learning, and writing.
More information is available for our upcoming Writing Matters Conference, for the 2015 Summer Institute, and any questions may be directed to Dr. David Franke.
Seven Valleys Writing Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.