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Countdown to Columbia Teachers College Reading and Writing Project March 15, 2009

I’m sure I’m going to say this again, but I am so excited! The Literacy Coaching Institute at The Teachers College starts Thursday. I have been medium excited all day, but now that I just got an e-mail from another participant who is leaving tomorrow morning (from Ethiopia!!!) I have hit that excitement threshold where it will be difficult to sleep! I’ve included part of the description along with many of the presenters. 

home_reading-and-writing“The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is pleased to offer the third annual Institute on Literacy Coaching and Whole-School Reform. This intimate and intensive institute will enable educators to learn the Project’s newest and most powerful methods of providing staff development by equipping literacy coaches, principals, lead teachers, and other literacy leaders with the tools, techniques, mentors, and intellectual community needed to provide state-of-the-art literacy leadership.”


Presenters including:

Carl Anderson

Janet Angelillo

Sharon Taberski

Shelley Harwayne

Georgia Heard

Ralph Fletcher

Katie Ray

Randy and Katherine Bomer

Donna Santman


This institute will include, at its center, the TCRWP’s Saturday Reunion, a conference that will offer major addresses by:

Richard Peck

Kylene Beers

Kathy Collins

Pam Munoz Ryan

Sarah Weeks


Lucy Calkins

as well as more than a hundred workshops.

“Participants will work in small groups led by one of the Project’s senior staff developers. Your small-group will work side-by-side in classrooms, observing, trying on, and receiving coaching in methods of staff development in writing. You’ll become adept at demonstration teaching, collaborative coaching, classroom-based lab-sites, using formative assessment to inform curriculum and teaching, and methods for supporting whole-school reform.”


Processing Bags

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These great processing bags were put together by a fantastic intervention specialist. She describes herself as obsessed with the ideas of differentiated instruction and brain processing and has taken it upon herself to become our building (and district) specialist.  I’ll share more of the things she has put together for the staff to use with their students, as well as some student created work.  processing-bag-contents2