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In case you don’t have spring break plans February 20, 2012

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The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

presents the

The 82nd Saturday Reunion

March 24, 2012
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join the entire TCRWP community as we open our doors to thousands of K-8 educators from around the world for more than 140 free workshops, keynotes and closings on state-of-the art methods in the teaching of reading, writing, performance assessments and the Common Core. The entire TCRWP staff will present on this day, including Lucy Calkins. Guest literacy leaders will present as well. Topics will include: argument writing, embedding historical fiction in nonfiction text sets, opinion writing for very young writers, managing workshop instruction, aligning instruction to the CCSS, using performance assessments and curriculum maps to ratchet up the level of teaching, state-of-the-art test prep, phonics, guided reading and more.

Major Speakers include:

Pam Muñoz Ryan, our opening keynote speaker, has written over thirty books for young people including the award-winning Esperanza Rising, as well as Riding Freedom, Paint the Wind, and The Dreamer. She is the recipient of the Civil and Human Rights Award from the NEA, of the Virginia Hamilton Award for Multicultural Literature, and of the Willa Cather Literacy Award for writing.

David Booth, an expert in children’s literature and drama, has keynoted TCRWP conferences and authored many of our favorite professional books including Reading Doesn’t Matter Anymore, The Literacy Principle, Guiding the Reading Process, and Even Hockey Players Read. He has been a literacy leader through his work as a classroom teacher, language arts consultant, keynote, speaker, and author, as well as a Scholar in Residence at the University of Toronto.

Sarah Weeks, our closing keynote speaker, is famous throughout the TCRWP community for her light-hearted speeches. She is the author of more than fifty picture books and novels including the bestselling novel, So B. It. Two of her most recent contributions are MAC AND CHEESE and PIE. Sarah is an adjunct faculty member at the New School and a founding member of ART, a traveling troupe of authors who perform readers’ theatre across the country.

Carl Anderson is the author of the acclaimed books: Assessing Writers and How’s it Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers. His latest project is a book series: Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations That Move Young Writers Forward.

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 or co-author of over a score of books, including the Units of Study books for K-2 and 3-5 writing and for 3-5 reading, The Art of Teaching Reading, The Art of Teaching Writing and the upcoming Pathways to the Common Core.

Kathy Collins, author of Growing Readers: Units of Study in the Primary Classroom, and Reading for Real, teaches large group and advanced sections of TCRWP institutes.

Colleen Cruz, a senior staff developer at the Project, is the author of Independent Writing, of Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5 and of the young adult novel, Border Crossing, as well as co-author of Writing Fiction: Big Dreams, Tall Ambitions.

Mary Ehrenworth is Deputy Director for Middle Schools at the Project. She is co-author of The Power of Grammar, of two books in the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5, and of the upcoming Pathways to the Common Core.

Amanda Hartman, Lead Coach at the Project, is co-author of Authors as Mentors, of The Conferring Handbook and of One-to-One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers.

Laurie Pessah, Senior Deputy Director of the Project, is co-author of Nonfiction Writing: Procedures and Reports and of A Principal’s Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing.

Jennifer Serravallo, a senior staff developer at the Project, is author of Independent Reading Assessment: Fiction, Teaching Reading in Small Groups, and co-author of Conferring with Readers.

Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the Project, is co-author of Building a Reading Life, Following Characters into Meaning, and Navigating Nonfiction in the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5.

The Morning Keynote will be held at Riverside Church at 9:00 a.m.
490 Riverside Drive (between 120th and 122nd Streets)
The ensuing workshops will be held at Teachers College, 525 W.120th Street, NY 10027
No registration required. For more information, visit our website at: www.readingandwritingproject.com

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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

Avi

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.”

 

Teachers College of Reading and Writing Project January 30, 2009

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.  home_reading-and-writing

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!