I have a dream.
I dream of attending seminars at Teachers College of Reading and Writing Columbia University.
I dream of learning directly from Lucy Calkins,Kathy Collins, Carl Anderson, Ralph Fletcher and being surrounded by people as excited about learning about the teaching of reading and writing as I am. I won’t apologize for being dorky, it’s just who I am. I LOVE learning, education, teaching, children, and everything that goes into it.
Having decided that it is worth the time and money to be able to attend, I turn in my application to learn about Literacy Coaching through their Spring Institute. It was over my school’s Spring Break so it wouldn’t involve missing any days from school. Don’t know quite what that will mean for my own children, but know it will be good for me and the district.
So not excited to already have a personal rejection letter from Lucy Calkins (maybe she doesn’t know I sat next to year in the front row of her NCTE presentation and helped pass out her papers?) explaining that although the application window just opened January 17th, they received thousands of applications for the spots they have (which I think is around 75?) and that I might want to apply again next year.
I will persevere. I called Patricia Polacco on Oct. 1 at 8 a.m for more than five years to try to secure an author visit for our schools. I can certainly apply multiple years to get to pay money to travel and learn from the eminent institution of teachers of reading and writing.
For now, I guess I’ll just have to be happy buying her newest book and hoping that some blogger out there will post their notes about all the great learning they do.
There is always the window for summer Institutes that open next month. You can bet that’s on my to-do list. Who wouldn’t want to spend a week in New York City in classes for a week during the summer? I know I do!