Summer 2020: Anti-Racist English Teaching

A Conversation in the Park

Spring 2019: Annual Spring Banquet

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.


WNYNET held our annual spring conference on Wednesday, March 10th from 4:00pm-6:00pm. This year's theme was "Talking with Teachers," where we asked experienced English teachers from across Western New York to share some of their favorite lessons with teachers and pre-service teachers and talked with them about our profession. Join us for our next event!

Digital Writing Workshop

Summer 2018: Middle School Matters

Featuring Mrs. Gretchen Cercone

Fall 2020: Teachers are World Changers:

Meaningful Learning in Shifting Educational Spaces

We have always made critical conversations an integral part of the Professional Development that we have offered and we are committed to continuing that work.

At this event, there were two discussions that focused on topics surrounding anti-racist teaching practice --

An opportunity to look closely at ourselves as English teachers and how to become Anti-Racist Teachers was led by Ian Lewis of Buffalo Lake Shore CSD and Pam Fordham of Amherst Central School District. 

This conference focused on instructional practices that provide students with meaningful and engaging opportunities to develop as writers. We addressed research-based approaches to writing instruction that center teachers and students as writers. We seek to empower all voices—both students and teachers—through a teacher-led day exploring how to best support authentic writing development for our diverse students.

There was a featured keynote address by Andrew Smith, veteran English language arts teacher and award-winning author of several Young Adult novels, including the critically acclaimed Grasshopper Jungle (2015 Michael L. Printz Honor, 2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Carnegie Medal Longlist) and Winger. Just Buffalo Literary Center led teachers in established writing activities that they will be able to use in their own classrooms. 

Winter 2018: Conference on English 12

Our annual fall conference was a huge success! This event offered participants the opportunity to learn how to engage in justice-oriented dialogue that cultivates pedagogical genius with Dr. Tiffany M. Nyachae, learn new ways to provide real feedback and develop writing identities with Dr. Katherine Scarafia Macro and Dr. Maggie Herb, gain new insight and strategies on how to support multilingual students and their families with Kelly Cooper, shake up your approach to student journalism and learn new tools for story telling with Colin Dabkowski, and get empowered with Rene Bonilla and Jessica Phillips on ways you can engage students in community action rooted in critical literacy practices!
Check out the in-depth session overviews and information about our presenters here.


Summer 2017: Social Justice Issues in the Classroom

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.


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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2016 Fall Conference: Queering Literacy

2015 Fall Speaker Series: Cris Tovani


                                              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.

Spring 2021: "Talking with Teachers" WNYNET Town Hall

Spring 2019: Youth Voices Speaker Series

Conferences and speaker series

Fall 2019: Teachers and Students as Writers

Real Writing in the English Classroom