Upcoming Writing Workshop!

  Upcoming Writing Workshop: “Writing Prompts That Work“ Co-leaders: Sarah Whalen, Middle-School ELA Teacher, Trumansburg; David Franke, SUNY Cortland, Professional Writing Program Sponsored by the Seven Valleys Writing Project and the Cortland County Teacher Center. Call Dr. David Franke at 607-753-5945 for more information. Space is limited to 12.  This workshop is being held on Saturday, December 9th from…

Our Best Writing Assignments: A Recap

Saturday, March 7, 2015, a group of teachers left the Beard building on Main St. in Cortland, feeling invigorated, rather than deflated, after a four-hour professional development workshop. I know—unbelievable. You might ask, how does this come about? Teachers of The Seven Valleys Writing Project learn through writing. Teachers are the experts. And teachers teach…

Why I Read

Last year I challenged myself to read 50 books. I did and found that it’s possible and rewarding. I read a variety of books: collections of short stories, fantasy, volumes about how to become a better and more effective educator. I read short books, long books, and even managed to finish the colossal monstrosity that…