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David Franke

David Franke

David Franke, English Department and Seven Valleys Writing Project, is helping to organize the “Writing Matters in Every Classroom” conference at Homer Intermediate/Junior High School on Saturday, March 28. Several teacher-educator agencies are collaborating on the conference, which focuses on writing and learning in all disciplines — not just English classes. Robert Yagelski, director of University at Albany’s Program in Writing and Critical Inquiry as well as the Capital District Writing Project, serves as keynote speaker. A virtual presentation by Ruth Culham, author of 6+1 Traits of Writing, also is planned. Local and regional teachers will offer more than a dozen breakout sessions on classroom teaching and the use of writing. Other conference sponsors include the Teacher-Leader Quality Partnership, the New York State Master Teacher Program, the Cortland County Teacher Center and the Southern Tier Teacher Center Network. For more information, visit writingmattersconference.com.