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Conference to focus on the Common Core State Standards and writing

As school teachers prepare to teach the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in their classrooms, the State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland plans to lend a hand to educators by hosting an upcoming conference.

On Saturday, October 15, SUNY Cortland invites teachers to More Than the Core: Writing to Learn, a one-day event dedicated to discussing how the CCSS can be used to improve student learning through composition. The conference, which includes breakfast and lunch, will begin with a speech by David Franke, an associate professor of English at SUNY and the event's keynote speaker.

"We are starting from the assumption that teachers know best what individual students need, and the conference will explore how teachers can unpack the standards in ways that support their own expertise and experience," Franke said.

Furthermore, the conference presents an opportunity to address any misconceptions teachers have about the CCSS. For example, Franke said that he has heard the book The Grapes of Wrath will be required reading for fifth graders, which is simply not true.

Among the activities that are planned for the conference are workshops that are designed to show how writing can be used to learn in any academic subject.