I’ll be spending hours today with Mary and Tom as we plan together for upcoming events at the Hudson Valley Writing Project.
I know, I know, I just wrote a slice about the end of National Writing Project, but we have been a site for 11 years and we don’t want our work to go up in smoke. After all, we are not really a trio. We share our writing project with many great teachers from 10 summers of SIs.
We have grown the HVWP over time, moving beyond the temporary communities created during a traditional course.
I remember how I felt when Mary and Tom, SUNY professors in the education department, invited me to join them in this adventure when I was still teaching full time at Pearl River High School. I didn’t know it then but when I did start thinking about retiring I would have great challenges ahead and it all began when I said yes and got my car accustomed to speeding up the Thurway.
And now as we consider our next steps with the prospect of losing our federal funding, Tom and Mary and Jackie are open to the challenges ahead. So I’m with them, more than happy to spend today inside, in a small SUNY New Paltz conference room planning for upcoming events and interviewing a new group of great teachers for an 11th HVWP Summer Institute.