The Teachers College Reading & Writing Project
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Join the entire Project Community as we open our doors to thousands of educators from New York City and
around the world for more than 140 free workshops, keynotes and closings throughout the day on state-of-the
art methods in the teaching of reading and writing for grades K-8. Special guest speakers and literacy leaders
from all over the country will join us to discuss such topics as: Aligning Instruction to the Common Core
Standards, Using Performance Assessments and Curriculum Maps to Ratchet up the Level of Our Teaching,
Helping Students Convey Ideas and Opinions Through Information/Argument Writing, Teaching Higher Level
Comprehension, Using Assessment to Inform Instruction, and dozens and dozens more…
The Morning Keynote will be held at Riverside Church at9:00 a.m.
490 Riverside Drive (between 120th and 122nd Streets) , 525 W.120th Street, NY 10027
The ensuing workshops will be held at Teachers College
No registration required. For more information, visit our website at:
Naomi Shihab Nye, our opening keynote speaker and a beloved, award-
winning poet and author, has written books of poetry for adults and young readers,
picture books, essays, short stories, and YA fiction. Her numerous books of poetry
include: You and Yours, 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East, Fuel,
This Same Sky, Red Suitcase, Hugging the Jukebox, and Honeybee. In 2010 she
was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
Mo Willems, our closing keynote speaker is the well-known and much-loved
award-winning author and illustrator of a score of books including Knuffle Bunny,
the Elephant and Piggie series, the Cat the Cat series, and the Pigeon series. Before
turning to write children’s books, he was a writer and animator for Sesame Street
where his work won six Emmy Awards.
Lucy Calkins is Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and
Writing Project, as well as the Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature at
Teachers College. She is the author of the Units of Study books supporting K-2 and
3-5 writing and 3-5 reading. Her foundational texts also include The Art of
Teaching Reading and The Art of Teaching Writing.
Katherine Bomer is a national literacy consultant, a former member of
TCRWP, and the author of Hidden Gems and Writing a Life. Along with Randy
Bomer she is the co-author of For a Better World.
Kathy Collins is a former TCRWP staff member and the author of Growing
Readers: Units of Study in the Primary Classroom, and Reading for Real. She is a
frequent guest lecturer at national conferences.
Mary Ehrenworth is Deputy Director for Middle School of the Project. She
is co-author of Tackling Complex Texts: Historical Fiction Book Clubs and
Constructing Curriculum in Units of Study for Teaching Reading, co-author with
Vicki Vinton of The Power of Grammar, and author of Looking to Write.
Laurie Pessah, Senior Deputy Director of the Project, is co-author of
Nonfiction Writing: Procedures and Reports and A Principal’s Guide to
Leadership in the Teacher of Writing.
Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the Project, is co-author with Lucy
Calkins of Building a Reading Life, Following Characters into Meaning, and
Navigating Nonfiction in the recently published Units of Study for Teaching