Conferences and speaker series

Digital Writing Workshop

Summer 2018: Middle School Matters

Featuring Mrs. Gretchen Cercone


                                              The Western New York Network of English Teachers sponsors a series of

                                              ongoing professional development opportunities designed to encourage and support

                                             the meaningful teaching of English language arts in the Buffalo-Niagara region.                                                     Adopting a sociocultural model of professional development, WNYNET seeks to professionalize secondary English teachers by sponsoring seasonal conferences and ongoing speakers series, where teachers are invited to present and share their expertise with their peers. Guest speakers from across the country are also invited to present during each academic year. Through our Youth Voices Speakers Series, English teachers and their students are invited to the Buffalo State campus each spring to present the work they have conducted in their English classrooms. Our distinguished English Teacher Awards recognize excellence in English teaching at all stages teachers’ professional careers.  Scroll down to learn about our ongoing program initiatives and events.

2016 Fall Conference: Queering Literacy


Summer 2017: Social Justice Issues in the Classroom

Spring 2018: Annual Spring Banquet

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Winter 2018: Conference on English 12


The DWW is cosponsored by the Buffalo State English Education program and provides opportunities for pre-service teacher to work with young people from Buffalo's West Side in a after school writing workshop. Buffalo State students co-plan lessons and units that help young people write about their lives and develop that writing into audio and video projects they can share with the world.

To find out more about the program and experience some of the projects visit the DWW on Facebook.

2016 Summer Conference: Rethinking Shakespeare 

Spring 2018: Youth Voices Speaker Series

Celebrated teacher and author Cris Tovani was the featured speaker for the Fall 2015 Western New York Network of English Teachers speaker series at Buffalo State College. 
Cris presented on providing students with meaningful feedback, workshop models, student engagement and other effective teaching practices. Over 60 teachers from across the region attended.

2015 Fall Speaker Series: Cris Tovani

2016 Winter Conference: Digital Bootcamp

Buffalo Reading Invasion

From their Facebook page:

"The Invasion is a celebration of our city's love of reading, our beautiful public spaces, and our spirit of community and gathering. The idea is simple: People bring something to read and "invade" a large public space.

This isn't a book club; just a time to come together, to enjoy the act of reading, and to remind our fellow Buffalonians that reading is an essential element of the many of our lives.

So bring a book and bring a friend, and join us for an hour of reading, relaxing, and gathering in our most beautiful public spaces."

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