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Seven Valleys Writing Project Brings New Digital Elements to Summer Institute

Publication: SUNY Cortland News
Date: June 6, 2016

Summary: Teachers attending the Seven Valleys Writing Project's Summer Institute at SUNY Cortland will be spending the entire second week of the program outside of the classroom as part of the Institute's new hybrid format, which also includes a heavy emphasis on digital tools and publishing.

 

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I like to tell people that Summer Institute attracts the colleagues you've always dreamed of," said David Franke, a SUNY Cortland professor of English who leads the Seven Valleys Writing Project. "One of the values of our program is great diversity. These are enthusiastic, creative teachers who are self-selected."[...]

"Writing is a high-risk activity, and what we're doing is creating safe space to take those risks," Franke said. 'We're not quoting Shakespeare or correcting each other's grammar. We're writing to learn, writing to teach and writing to lead."[...]

"We're not just telling them, technology is the wave of the future," Franke said. "We do it together in real time."

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