CDWP Upcoming Events

Dreaming and Writing Our Way into Possibility: Conspiring for Change
Saturday, September 18, 2021
9am-10:30am
Via Zoom
Join the Capital District Writing Project as we write our way into a new school year.  Participants will enjoy protected writing time with prompts that will invite you to imagine a writing classroom where young people are envisioned as co-conspirators for social justice. We will also share information about a new public engagement project we're launching called "Freedom Dreaming for Educational Justice." All are welcome!

Please register in advance: https://albany.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuc-2prDsiHtWCa_91cBCnbsB6qvUz1Qd9


2021 Cohort Continuity Meeting
Thursday, October 7, 2021
6-7:30pm
Catskill 204, University at Albany-SUNY
Members of the 2021 Invitational Summer Institute will gather together to reconnect and reflect.

UAlbany COVID Protocols: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask inside all campus buildings. Individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must always wear a face mask outdoors while on any UAlbany campus and, whenever possible, remain physically distanced from others both indoors and outdoors. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors on UAlbany campuses, especially when within six feet of others. 


Writing with Urgency and Wonder: Strategies to Support Student-led Inquiry through Writing
Saturday, November 6, 2021
9am-12pm
Catskill 204, University at Albany-SUNY
Registration Details
Join us for a Saturday Seminar entitled, "Writing with Urgency and Wonder: Strategies to Support Student-led Inquiry through Writing." Capital District Writing Project teachers will lead participants in interactive writing engagements that they have pursued with their own students.

Teachers of all subject areas and grade levels are welcome! Participants can earn 3 CTLE credits by registering through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center's My Learning Plan.

UAlbany COVID Protocols: Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask inside all campus buildings. Individuals who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated must always wear a face mask outdoors while on any UAlbany campus and, whenever possible, remain physically distanced from others both indoors and outdoors. Individuals who are fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask outdoors on UAlbany campuses, especially when within six feet of others. 

 

Past Events

Young Writers Workshops
July 12-16, 2021
The Capital District Writing Project sponsors summer writing workshops for elementary, middle, and high school writers. These workshops are designed for young people who LOVE to write and enjoy collaborating with other writers. Workshop facilitators are experienced K-12 educators from the Capital Region. Our facilitators challenge young people to grow as writers in fun and interactive ways and within a supportive community.

Each workshop will run virtually, using secure platforms. Please stay tuned for descriptions of the workshops and the instructors! Questions? Please email Nancy Czachor, Young Writers Workshops Coordinator, [email protected].


Invitational Summer Institute
July 5-16, 2021
65 CTLE
During the Invitational Summer Institute, participants immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of effective teaching. Through synchronous and asynchronous meetings, participants study current research and theory, share strategies for teaching writing, participate in writing groups, and engage in collaborative inquiry. Interested in applying for the Invitational Summer Institute? Find the application here: tinyurl.com/22hxkyn4. Applications are due May 1, 2021. Questions? Email us at [email protected].


Midwinter Retreat
Writing as Invitation and Witness: Finding the Poetics in Students and Ourselves
Saturday, January 16, 2021
9am-12pm
CTLE Available

The Capital District Writing Project invites educators and school leaders to our annual Midwinter Retreat, “Writing as Invitation and Witness: Finding the Poetics in Students and Ourselves.” This year, we will focus on teaching writing for witness, remembrance, and regeneration.  

Participants will hear from two dynamic keynote speakers. Dr. Elizabeth Dutro, Professor and Chair of Literacy Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will explore the practice of reciprocal witnessing in response to difficult stories and the promise of seeking the poetics in students’ lives. She is the author of The Vulnerable Heart of Literacy: Centering Trauma as Powerful Pedagogy. Dr. Delicia Greene, Assistant Professor of Digital Literacies at the University at Albany, will share how Black girls create counternarratives through writing poetry, journaling, podcasting, and digital storytelling as “(w)rites of passage.”

Interspersed throughout the morning, K-12 student writers and artists will share their creative work, while Capital District Writing Project teachers will explore how they have created spaces for invitation and witness in their classrooms. Across the retreat, participants will have multiple opportunities to write in response to prompts that invite them to witness, notice, reflect, and re-envision their practice.

All are welcome!

Questions? Email Dr. Kelly Wissman, [email protected]

Register at https://bit.ly/cdwpreg. Upon successful registration, a Zoom link will be emailed to you as the date of the retreat draws near.

Interested in CTLE? Please visit the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=3682702&D=13206

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Spring / Summer 2020 Events Flyer


Young Writers Workshops
July 13-17, 2020
9:00am-12:00pm
Virtual using secure platforms
The Capital District Writing Project's Summer 2020 Young Writers Workshops are facilitated by  experienced educators who challenge young people to grow as writers in a supportive community. For students in Grades 1-12. To learn more about each workshop visit http://bit.ly/yww2020.

Cost: $200. Register by June 29, 2020. If paying by credit card use this link: https://tinyurl.com/vq8xc8p. If paying by check, see details here. Limited scholarships available - scholarship application.

 


Invitational Summer Institute
July 6-17, 2020
8:30am-4:00pm
University at Albany Uptown Campus
70 CTLE
No cost
During the Invitational Summer Institute, teachers immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of effective teaching. Gathering on the UAlbany campus, participants study current research and theory, share strategies for teaching writing, participate in writing groups, and engage in collaborative inquiry. Interested in applying for the Invitational Summer Institute? Applications are due February 1, 2020. Questions? Email us at [email protected].  


Writing and Yoga as Restorative Practice II: Breathe & Write with CDWP
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
4:00-5:00pm

 


 

Hike & Write
May 30, 2020
9:00am-11:00am
East Greenbush Town Park

The Capital District Writing Project invites you to enjoy the outdoors of our region by joining us for our first “Hike and Write.” We’ll gather together in the morning for a write into the day followed by an all-levels nature walk through the East Greenbush Town Park hiking paths. Enjoy a spring hike with multiple writing spots along the way, followed by a share out at the end. Let’s use nature as inspiration for our writing, all while appreciating the beauty of our region. Questions? Email Heather Flood: [email protected].


2019 Cohort Continuity Meeting
March 19, 2020
4:00-6:00pm
Shenendehowa High School East, South Library Classroom , 970 Rt 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Members of the 2019 Invitational Summer Institute will gather together to reconnect and reflect.


Saturday Seminar - THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED
March 14, 2020
9:00am-12:00pm
Shenendehowa High School East, South Library Classroom , 970 Rt 146, Clifton Park, NY 12065

Join us for a Saturday Seminar entitled, "Writing with Students to Empower Personal and Public Voices." Capital District Writing Project teachers will lead participants in interactive writing engagements that they have pursued with their own students. Teachers of all subject areas and grade levels are welcome! Participants can earn 3 CTLE credits. For CTLE, please register through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center. Cost: $30. Please pay at this link. Questions? Email [email protected].



Midwinter Retreat
Amplifying Youth Voices: Writing Into Spaces of Transformation
January 18, 2020 (snow date: Saturday, January 25)
9:00am-12:00pm (registration begins at 8:30am)
Alumni House, University at Albany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany

The Capital District Writing Project invites all Capital Region educators to our annual retreat focused on amplifying student voices to inform and change the world. Participants will learn how educators can create educational contexts that: 

- engage students in writing about the most vital issues of our time
- cultivate youth as critical ethnographers of their worlds
- inspire students to write for audiences within and beyond the classroom

Dr. Marcelle Haddix will be the featured keynote speaker. She is Dean's Professor and Chair of the Reading and Language Arts Department in the Syracuse University School of Education. She is also an inaugural co-Director of the Lender Center for Social Justice and the Director of the Writing Our Lives program. Following Dr. Haddix's interactive keynote, a panel of CDWP teachers will share their experiences creating spaces to amplify youth voices. Youth writers will also conduct readings of their work. The morning will conclude with a lively conversation about the teaching of writing for social justice within and across multiple spaces.

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Registration details.

CTLE credits will be available. Please visit the Teacher Center Frontline to learn more about CTLE.

Questions? Email Dr. Kelly Wissman ([email protected]).
Postcard with details of CDWP Midwinter Retreat

 


Power, Perspective, and Point of View: Teaching Writing as a Form of Civic Engagement
November 2, 2019
10:00am-3:00pm
UAlbany Board Room, Campus Center, University at Albany – SUNY        

Within this particular historical moment, the need for an engaged and thoughtful citizenry is paramount. The Capital District Writing Project, a vibrant community of K-college educators, believes writing is key to making that happen. In this mini-institute, K-12 educators and school leaders of all subject areas will learn how to support their students’ civic engagement through writing. Participants will experience and reflect upon teaching strategies that bring together writing, critical reading, and civic engagement. A leading expert in the scholarship of civic engagement, Dr. Brett Levy, will share key findings from his research. Across the day, participants will learn how to inspire their students to investigate, reflect on, and write about some of the most vital issues of our time; hear from teachers who have created a culture of civically-engaged writing in their classrooms; explore mentor texts and exemplar student writing; and sketch out a plan for cultivating writing as a form of civic engagement in their own settings.

The cost for this mini-institute is $75. Please register in advance here: https://tinyurl.com/y2v9wvee.   Space is limited. (CTLE hours, please also register through the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center’s Frontline)
       



2019 Cohort Continuity Meeting
October 10, 2019
4-6pm
Taconic 335 (former Education Building), University at Albany – SUNY

Members of the 2019 Invitational Summer Institute will gather together to reconnect and reflect.


School of Education Day
October 4, 2019
8:30am-5pm
Campus Center, University at Albany – SUNY

The CDWP will participate in UAlbany's School of Education Day, a day of celebration of scholarship and research presented by UAlbany faculty, staff, and students. In the morning, join us for an interactive workshop, "Writing for Civic Engagement within Elementary-High School Classrooms: Introducing the Capital District Writing Project." In the afternoon, participate in "Teaching Writing within Contentious Times: A Conversation with the Capital District Writing Project." Both sessions will be co-facilitated by CDWP teacher leaders and are open to all educators and administrators in the Capital Region.

SOE Day is free and open to the public. No advanced registration required. View the program here: https://www.albany.edu/education/news/soe-day-2019.



Invitational Summer Institute
July 8-19, 2019
8:30am-4pm
University at Albany Uptown Campus
70 CTLE
No cost

During the Invitational Summer Institute, teachers immerse themselves in their own writing and in the study of effective teaching. Gathering on the UAlbany campus, participants study current research and theory, share strategies for teaching writing, participate in writing groups, and engage in collaborative inquiry. Interested in applying for the Invitational Summer Institute? Applications are due February 1, 2019. Questions? Email us at [email protected].



Argument in Action: Teaching Source-Based Writing Across the Content Areas
June 27-28, 2019
8:30am-4pm
15 CTLE
Cost: $375

In the CDWP’s Argument in Action: Teaching Source-Based Writing Across the Content Areas, teachers participate in intensive, collaborative study of the teaching of source-based argument writing, close reading for critical thinking, and student inquiry for deep engagement. Teachers engage in the work of the National Writing Project’s College, Career, and Community Writers Program, which over the course of a three-year national study was found to have a statistically significant effect on four attributes of student argument writing — content, structure, stance, and conventions. The study also found that students exhibited particular proficiency in the quality of reasoning and use of evidence in their writing. For more information, contact Carol Forman-Pemberton, [email protected].



Spring Saturday Seminar
Teaching Strategies For Composing Arguments and Narratives From Multigenre Texts
February 9, 2019
9am-12pm
Sand Creek Middle School

Capital District Writing Project Teacher Consultants will lead us in interactive writing engagements that demonstrate innovative and creative approaches to teaching writing. These teacher-led lessons will leave you inspired and full of ideas for cultivating the writing identities of your students. Teachers of all subject areas and grade levels are welcome! Participants can earn 3 CTLE credits.

Register through My Learning Plan. You can pay by credit card or bring a check for $30 made out to the Research Foundation for SUNY.



Midwinter Retreat
Lighting up the World: Teaching Writing for Agency, Empathy, and Justice
January 19, 2019
9am-3pm (join us at 8:30am for coffee and conversation)
Alumni House, University at Albany Uptown Campus, 1400 Washington Ave, Albany NY
The Capital District Writing Project (CDWP) invites you to our annual retreat focused on the power of student writing to inform and change the world.

During the morning session (9am-12pm), open to all Capital Region educators, Rutgers University Assistant Professor Nicole Mirra will share insights from her work as a teacher and researcher pursuing participatory action research with young people. She is the author of Educating for Empathy: Literacy Learning and Civic Engagement (Teachers College Press, 2018) and Doing Youth Participatory Action Research: Transforming Inquiry with Researchers, Educators, and Students (Routledge, 2015). Following Dr. Mirra’s interactive keynote, Guilderland High School teacher Alicia Wein will facilitate a panel of young people sharing how they use writing as a tool for social change.

During the afternoon session (12pm-3pm), CDWP members will participate in envisioning and planning sessions focused on growing and sustaining site initiatives.

Register here.  Questions? Email Kelly Wissman: [email protected].