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Lucy Calkins

Lucy Calkins is the Founding Director of the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. For more than thirty years, the Project has been both a think tank, developing state-of-the-art teaching methods, and a provider of professional development. As the leader of this renowned organization, Lucy works closely with policy makers, school principals, and teachers to initiate and support schoolwide and system-wide reform in the teaching of reading and writing. Lucy is also the Robinson Professor of Children’s Literacy and the co-director of the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College, Columbia University. Lucy’s many books include the seminal texts The Art of Teaching Writing and The Art of Teaching Reading, as well as the Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Grades K–8), Units of Study in Opinion/ Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing (Grades K–8), the Up the Ladder writing units (Grades 3–6), and the Units of Study in Phonics (Grades K–2).

In addition, thousands of teachers regard the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a continual source of professional renewal and education. Well over 200,000 teachers have attended their week-long institutes. Twice a year, thousands of participants reconvene at TCRWP’s Saturday Reunions.

Co-Authors

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Angela Báez
Angela Báez
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Angela Báez is a staff developer at TCRWP. A primary classroom teacher for more than a decade, she now works alongside teachers and administrators in classrooms across the nation. She leads workshops and summer institutes at Teachers College on early literacy instruction. Angela is passionate about mindful ways to talk with children and about ways in which the subtleties of our language can grow attentive, independent, and self-motivated learners. She believes that a sound education supports the social and emotional, as well as academic, realms of experience. She infuses her teaching of reading with her deep love of books, and of children themselves, most especially her own young reader, Grace.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Allyse Bader
Allyse Bader
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Allyse Bader is a staff developer at TCRWP, teaching at the Foundational Skills Institute and Writing Coaching Institute, leading full-day conferences, teaching advanced sections at summer institutes, and facilitating lead-teacher study groups. Allyse began her career in early childhood education as a first grade teacher in the South Bronx while attending and later graduating from the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College. She continued teaching for several more years at PS 59 in Manhattan and fell in love with Kindergarten while teaching in Larchmont, NY. Allyse works across several states where she collaborates with teachers, coaches, and administrators, supporting their Pre-K through third grade literacy work. She has most recently embraced her newest role as a loving mother to a baby girl named Charlotte Rae, living in NYC with her husband Ray and French bulldog Eli.
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Lindsay Barton
Lindsay Barton
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Lindsay Barton is a staff developer at TCRWP. She works with primary teachers in New York City and across the country, sharing her passion for the power of observation and all that it teaches us about young readers. Yes it's true - she loves running records and is on a mission to get others to feel the same. Lindsay began her career in education at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child and Human Studies at Tufts University, where she taught young children at the department lab school for several years. She worked as a bilingual Kindergaten teacher in Costa Rica, and before joining the Project, she was a teacher of a mixed-age first and second grade classroom in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has presented at literacy conferences, taught at summer institutes around the nation, and recently completed a second degree in the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College. Next to working with children, and learning alongside teachers, Lindsay loves most to be outdoors hiking, skiing, and biking.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Emma Coufal Bemowski
Emma Coufal Bemowski
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Emma Coufal Bemowski is a staff developer at TCRWP, where she works with teachers and school leaders in New York City and across the country. In her work, Emma draws on her experience as a Kindergarten teacher in Oakland, CA, where she taught in both English and Spanish and had extensive experience working with emergent bilingual students. She earned a Masters degree in Urban Education Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a Literacy Specialist degree from Teachers College, Columbia University. Emma believes in teaching as an act of social justice and is deeply committed to working with teachers to build classroom communities that are culturally sustaining, developmentally appropriate, and filled with joy and love. 

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Grace Chough
Grace Chough
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Grace Chough is a Lead Staff Developer at TCRWP. In her work at the Project, she supports teachers, coaches, and administrators throughout New York City, across the U.S., and in Shanghai, China. Grace works closely with schools to create lasting structures that promote a culture of learning that leads to best practices in literacy. In this endeavor she draws on her MEd from Teachers College in the English Education Department, and her work as an instructor at Teachers College, working with Lucy as a teaching assistant in a writing instruction course and teaching seminars for student teachers. Grace has led a teacher leadership group focusing on literature and qualities of good writing and presented at institutes in New York and around the country on teaching reading and writing. She is most inspired when she is in the midst of children, teachers, coaches, and principals, making meaning out of their reading, writing and teaching lives.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Carl Ciaramitaro
Carl Ciaramitaro
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Carl Ciaramitaro spent many years teaching, coaching K-12 teachers, and consulting on curriculum in Arkansas before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer.  In this role, he has supported teacher teams and administrators in New York City and beyond to build stronger pedagogy around reading and writing workshop and balanced literacy practices. Carl has presented at NCTE and leads sections at the reading and writing summer institutes across the country.  His educational philosophy and practices draw heavily on his work in the Literacy Specialist Master Program at Teacher College.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Katie Clements
Katie Clements
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As a staff developer at TCRWP, Katie Clements supports teachers, coaches, and administrators across the nation. She leads advanced sections at the Project's renowned summer institutes, and year-long study groups for lead teachers. Katie has been an adjunct instructor at Teachers College, teaching graduate courses in literacy education. She has a deep interest in building student agency, fostering independent thinkers and problem-solvers. In all her work, Katie draws on her experience as an upper-grade teacher at PS 321 in Brooklyn.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Anna Cockerille
Anna Cockerille
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Anna Cockerille, co-author of Bringing History to Life, was a teacher and a literacy coach in New York City and in Sydney, Australia before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer and writer. One of her primary focuses was content area literacy, where she helped shape the TCRWP’s work integrating best practices in literacy instruction into social studies. Anna also has been a researcher for Lucy Calkins, contributing especially to Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement and Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing. In her current role as editor at Heinemann, Anna’s projects have included Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K-5; Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Middle School Grades; and Units of Study in Phonics, K-2. Anna also writes regularly for the Heinemann blog. Her passions also include writing for children. Her latest title, Soap Box Rosie, will be published in 2019.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Lisa Hernandez Corcoran
Lisa Hernandez Corcoran
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Lisa Hernandez Corcoran is a primary staff developer at TCRWP. A former grades K–6 literacy curriculum specialist and teacher leader, she is known for her commitment to highly engaging and joyful teaching. Lisa has a passion for creating individualized literacy tools to strengthen student independence and is an avid user of digital media to support literacy. She has brought her love of art and drawing to the Kindergarten, first-grade, and second-grade Units of Study in Phonicsseries as one of the illustrators. In addition to her work in classrooms alongside kids and their teachers, Lisa teaches institutes and specialty courses at TCRWP. She supports schools nationally and internationally in the development of independent and self-motivated readers and writers.
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Rebecca Cronin
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Rebecca Cronin is Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She has spent the past 15 years with TCRWP thinking alongside teachers, coaches, and administrators around best literacy practices. She is coauthor of the Kindergarten Word Scientists, and Grades K–1Small Groups to Support Phonics in the Units of Study in Phonics series, as well as the Kindergarten Bigger Books, Bigger Reading Muscles in the Units of Study for Teaching Reading series. She finds joy in teaching children and helping them discover a love of reading and writing. Rebecca is also the proud mother to Kyla, who is herself a teacher.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image M. Colleen Cruz
M. Colleen Cruz
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In addition to being the author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, M. Colleen Cruz is the author of several other titles for teachers, including Independent Writing and A Quick Guide to Helping Struggling Writers, as well as the author of the young adult novel Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Finalist. Colleen was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she is Director of Innovation. Colleen presently supports schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Katrina Davino
Katrina Davino
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Katrina Davino is a staff developer at TCRWP. A former Kindergarten and first grade teacher, Katrina is known for her commitment to joyful teaching and finding space for all children—their quirks, their interests, and their cardboard creations. She is passionate about the intersection between play, reading, and writing, and draws from this to promote high expectations for children across all aspects of their development. In addition to her work in classrooms alongside kids and their teachers, Katrina teaches institutes and specialty courses at TCRWP. She supports schools nationally and internationally to cultivate environments geared towards agency, joy, and access for all of our youngest learners. 
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Jennifer DeSutter
Jennifer DeSutter
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Jennifer DeSutter is a staff developer at TCRWP. She works with K-5 teachers in New York City and in schools and districts across the country to develop best practices in literacy. Jennifer began her career teaching in New York City, working specifically with students with IEPs and English Language Learners. She enjoys working alongside administrators, coaches, and lead teachers to develop schoolwide goals to improve student achievement and teacher practice. When she's not in a school, you can find her exploring Brooklyn or practicing yoga.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Mary Ehrenworth
Mary Ehrenworth
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Mary Ehrenworth, Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and co-editor for the Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Middle School series, works with schools and districts around the globe, and is a frequent keynote speaker at Project events and national and international conferences. Mary’s interest in critical literacies, deep interpretation, and reading and writing for social justice all inform the books she has authored or co-authored in the Reading and Writing Units of Study series as well as her many articles and other books on instruction and leadership.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Stacey Fell
Stacey Fell
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For many years, Stacey Fell was an English teacher as well as a literacy coach at MS 131, a middle school in lower Manhattan. After completing her EdD in Curriculum and Teaching at Columbia University’s Teachers College, Stacey joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer. She has worked closely with middle school educators throughout New York City and Seattle to create thriving reading and writing workshops for young adolescents.

Currently, Stacey teaches 8th grade Humanities at Tompkins Square Middle School, a progressive middle school in New York City’s East Village. Stacey has published several journal articles and was a contributing author to Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Elizabeth Franco
Elizabeth Franco
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Elizabeth Franco is a staff developer, researcher, and writer-in-residence at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Columbia University. Her passion is for finding ways to make reading and writing both playful and rigorous. Liz is known especially for her state-of-the-art work making tools that help youngsters work with more independence. She supports lead teachers in their own professional development work and teaches advanced sections at TCRWP summer institutes. 
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Shana Frazin
Shana Frazin
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Shana Frazin is a former classroom teacher and currently Co-Director of the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Project and Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She has led leadership groups on strong readers and higher level comprehension as well as taught institutes on the teaching of reading, writing, and content area. Prior to joining the Project, Shana taught third, fourth, and fifth grades in Pasadena and Los Angeles Unified School districts, and was a faculty member at Pacific Oaks College.

Shana is co-author of Once Upon a Time: Adapting and Writing Fairy Tales; Up-the-Ladder: Information Writing; and Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Brooke Geller
Brooke Geller
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Brooke Geller is a Senior Lead Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Brooke holds a MSEd with a concentration in Reading with distinction. She also holds a MS in Educational Leadership and a Supervisory Certificate. Brooke is especially dedicated to mentoring staff developers and teacher leaders, and teachers advanced sections at TCRWP summer institutes. Brooke draws on her interest in teaching children and adults in her staff development work across the U.S. and internationally.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Valerie Geschwind
Valerie Geschwind
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Valerie Geschwind taught both primary and upper grades and was an inclusive classroom teacher prior to joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer. Valerie has presented on the role of talk in the classroom and wrote an article on this topic for Heinemann's Digital Campus. She was also a member of the role action-research plays on student growth and teacher happiness. Valerie works with teachers in New York City and around the country, promoting a growth mindset in students and play as a teaching tool.

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Cory Gillette
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Cory Gillette is the Literacy Coordinator for Darien Public Schools in Connecticut. She previously worked for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for over ten years as a staff developer, presenter and reading researcher. Cory played a lead role, while at the Project, in a think tank on whole-book assessments, and was involved in developing performance assessments for nonfiction reading. Cory has a post-master’s degree in educational leadership from Stony Brook University as well as a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Barbara Golub
Barbara Golub
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Barbara Golub, currently an independent literacy consultant, was a Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for four years, and before that, a teacher at PS 158 in Manhattan. While at the Project, Barb led work that revolved around both vocabulary instruction and the tools that support student independence. Barb has provided professional support to schools in New York City, across the country, and around the world, including Sweden and India.

 

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Amanda Hartman
Amanda Hartman
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Amanda Hartman, Deputy Director for Primary Literacy at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, heads up TCRWP’s K–2 reading, writing, and coaching institutes, and presents at conferences around the world. Amanda is the author or coauthor of books in the Units of Study for Teaching Reading series, the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing series, and the Units of Study in Phonics series. She has also authored the video, Up Close: Teaching English Language Learners in Writing Workshops and is the coauthor of One-to-One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers (all published by Heinemann).

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Lizzie Hetzer
Lizzie Hetzer
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Lizzie Hetzer is a staff developer at TCRWP. Lizzie works to promote student achievement and equity in schools in low-income areas, support students with special needs, and enhance learning for students who are new to the English language. She enjoys leading TCRWP courses and institutes for literacy coaches, where she works with leaders to create safe and joyful spaces for professional learning and risk-taking. Prior to joining the Project, Lizzie was a special education teacher and literacy coach in Brooklyn, NY. She holds Masters degrees in Educational Theatre and Teaching Students with Disabilities, and was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at New York University during her graduate studies.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Kelly Boland Hohne
Kelly Boland Hohne
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Kelly Boland Hohne is a Writer in Residence and Senior Research Associate at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College while working at the Project. Kelly is part of the leadership team for a think tank, sponsored by the Council of Chief School Officers, in which researchers from both CBAL, the research arm of ETS, and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project study learning progressions in argument writing. In all of her work, Kelly draws on her experience as a classroom teacher at PS 6, one of the TCRWP’s mentor schools.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Christine Holley
Christine Holley
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Christine Holley is a Senior Lead Staff Developer at TCRWP. In this role, she works with teachers and school leaders in a score of schools across New York City and beyond; including Sweden, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Christine is especially known for helping teachers lead assessment-based instruction, including small-group work, and for using drama, stroytelling, and the arts to bring literature to life. She leads advanced sections at the TCRWP's renowned summer institutes, and courses for literacy coaches. Before joining the Project, Christine taught PreK and Grade 1 at PS 126 in New York City and in Santa Monica, CA. She earned her MA in education from Fordham University through the Ennis William Cosby Scholarship Program. Her work with lead professor Joanna Uhry helped her gain skills needed to support children struggling with literacy.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Havilah Jespersen
Havilah Jespersen
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Havilah Jespersen first fell in love with teaching reading as a Reading Recovery teacher, where she developed a passion for working with struggling readers and became an advocate for great literacy instruction in every classroom. She went on to earn her MA in the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College, and intern as a staff developer with the TCRWP. Havilah has extensive experience as a classroom teacher of grades 1-6 in Canada and at international schools in China. She currently works as a literacy coach supporting PreK through Grade 6 teachers in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Gerrit Jones-Rooy
Gerrit Jones-Rooy
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Gerrit Jones-Rooy is a Research Specialist and Literacy Specialist & Project Developer with the Consortium for Policy Research in Education. He previously worked as a Staff Developer and Instructional Coach with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Before working for the Project, Gerrit worked as a Teach for America Corps member in rural Louisiana and as a reading and writing teacher and curriculum author at KIPP New Orleans. He later received his MA from Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Monique Knight
Monique Knight
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Monique Knight was a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she worked in schools as diverse as the Promise Academy in Harlem, international schools in France, the Westminster Charter School in Buffalo, suburban schools in Westchester County and on Long Island, and public schools across New York City. Monique has a special interest in integrating literacy and science education. She has led summer institutes across the nation, and teacher-research projects with the TCRWP.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Hareem A Khan
Hareem A Khan
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Hareem Atif Khan teaches in the Literacy Specialist program at Teachers College. She is also a staff developer in schools in New York City and worldwide. Before joining Teachers College and the Reading and Writing Project, Hareem was a teacher-educator and curriculum developer, beginning her career in schools in rural and urban Pakistan. She holds an Ed.M. from Teachers College and an M.Sc. in International Relations from Quaid-E-Azim University, Islamabad. Hareem has helped develop many of the Units of Study over the years, including coauthoring.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Lauren Kolbeck
Lauren Kolbeck
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A former staff developer at the TCRWP, Lauren Kolbeck has pioneered work in content literacy. She participated in a think tank on the intersection of science and literacy, and helped to pilot new methods and materials in content literacy. Lauren has a special interest in reading–writing connections in the K–2 grades. She has worked with schools across the US and internationally, and has spoken at national conferences. Before joining the Project, Lauren taught Pre-K through Grade 3 at PS 29 in Brooklyn.

 

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Celena Dangler Larkey
Celena Dangler Larkey
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Celena Dangler-Larkey is a Senior Lead Staff Developer at TCRWP. She can usually be found inside a classroom—listening to, talking with, or laughing alongside students about their latest piece of writing or new favorite book. A graduate of Trine University and Indiana University, Celena holds a Masters degree as a Literacy Specialist and in Educational Leadership. She leads large-group and advanced sections at the TCRWP Reading and Writing Summer Institutes as well as at the Coaching and Content Area Institutes. She is a speaker at national conferences and delivers keynotes to primary teachers, and her work has taken her across the United States and around the world. When not in schools, Celena spends time with her (grown) son Gabe, husband Jason, and their three dogs. She is currently hard at work on her first novel.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Katherine Lindner
Katherine Lindner
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Katherine Lindner is a Staff Developer at TCRWP. She earned her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in Urban Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction surrounding literacy. She began her career teaching elementary school students, and has also worked as a literacy coach and as a university instructor for undergraduate and graduate students. Katherine now works with teachers in New York and around the country. At the heart of her work is a desire to promote independence in both teachers and students. She is passionate about developing simple but effective toolkits with teachers. Though she loves her work with teachers, Katherine is happiest when she is pulled up close to a group of young readers or writers. 

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Natalie Louis
Natalie Louis
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Natalie Louis is a Senior Lead Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. She loves teachers. Her deepest desire is to make teaching and learning rigorous and fun for both children and teachers. She leads advanced sections at TCRWP’s summer institutes and does data-obsessed staff development locally, nationally, and internationally. Before joining the Project, Natalie taught grades 1–3 in New York City public schools. She earned her MA in Teaching and Curriculum from Teachers College and her Reading Specialist license from Fordham University through the Ennis William Cosby Scholarship Program. Her work with lead professor Joanna Uhry helped her gain the skills to support children struggling with literacy.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Alicia Luick
Alicia Luick
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Growing up as the daughter of a 54-year teaching veteran, Alicia Luick honed her passion for education and teaching at an early age, focusing on improving educational practices and methodologies one classroom at a time. Prior to joining TCRWP as a lead staff developer, she spent many years teaching and coaching in northern New Jersey. Alicia has presented at national conventions such as NCTE and NCSS and leads small- and large-group as well as advanced sections at reading and writing summer institutes in New York and around the world. She holds two Masters degrees from Fordham University: the first in Curriculum and Instruction and the second in Administration and Supervision. Alicia was one of the pioneers of TCRWP’s Writing Toolkit Institute and has presented extensively on creating and using tools with all learners. When not supporting teachers, coaches, and administrators, Alicia can be found singing in churches and temples and on stages worldwide.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Alexandra Marron
Alexandra Marron
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Alexandra Marron is a Staff Developer, Researcher, and Writer-In-Residence at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Her responsibilities include leading a yearlong study group for master teachers, presenting at conferences, teaching sections at the TCRWP summer institutes, and above all helping teachers and principals in a dozen schools lead state-of-the-art reading and writing classrooms. Ali has played a leadership role in developing learning progressions in argument writing, and co-leads a study group on the subject, sponsored by the Council of Chief School Officers, involving ETS and TCRWP. Ali graduated from Columbia University. Prior to joining the TCRWP, she taught at PS 6, one of the Project’s mentor schools, and while there contributed to the book Practical Punctuation: Lessons on Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing (Heinemann 2008).

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Marjorie Martinelli
Marjorie Martinelli
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Marjorie Martinelli is coauthor—with Kristine Mraz—of Smarter Charts and the new Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums! While in schools as consultants with the Reading and Writing Project, the teachers they’ve worked with have begged them to write a how-to book about the amazing charts they introduce to consulting classrooms. Smarter Charts was that guide, and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies extends that work across the teaching day. She is Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of Reading Rescue at the Reading and Writing Project where for the past ten years she has lead numerous leadership groups and presented at many national and international educational conferences. Prior to joining the Reading and Writing Project, Marjorie was a New York City public school teacher, a teacher-researcher, and an adjunct teacher at Bank Street College of Education. She has an MA in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from New York University and is a contributing author to Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for Teaching Writing. She is also the author of two Brain Quest Math decks for first and second grade. Listen to an interview with Marjorie and Kristi, the Chartchums, on Education Talk Radio.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Liz Masi Breves
Liz Masi Breves
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Liz Masi Breves is a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she works closely with teachers, coaches, administrators, and kids across New York City and the country to develop strong literacy practices. In her work, Liz draws on her experiences as both a primary and upper-grade teacher in Newark, New Jersey and New York City, where her classroom served as a literacy labsite for teachers and administrators. Liz earned her Literacy Specialist master’s degree from Teachers College and is especially passionate about helping teachers build communities of avid readers and writers, where kids are empowered to have choice, voice, and joy.

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Casey Maxwell
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Casey Maxwell is a primary grades staff developer at TCRWP. In this role, Casey supports schools throughout New York City and the U.S. in developing reading and writing workshops that are rigorous, responsive, student-centered, and joyful. She also leads summer institutes and workshops on children’s literature and early literacy instruction. Casey is passionate about the power of workshop teaching to reach all learners, and helps teachers to develop classroom strategies to support the wide variety of readers and writers in their classrooms. In all of her work, Casey draws on her ten years of experience teaching primary grades in NYC, along with her love of books and deep enjoyment of young children’s amazing sense of humor. 
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Cornelius Minor
Cornelius Minor
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Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices—specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world. Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.

You can connect with him at Kass and Corn, or on Twitter at @MisterMinor

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Julia Mooney
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Julia Mooney is Writer in Residence at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she collaborates with Lucy Calkins and a team of writers on K–8 literacy curricula, learning progressions, performance assessments, and other major projects. She holds a BA in English from Stanford University. At Teachers College, Julia has helped organize and TA courses by children’s book authors James Howe and Sarah Weeks. Julia is coauthor of Constructing Curriculum: Alternate Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5 (Heinemann 2010) and of other books in the Units of Study series.

 

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Elizabeth Moore
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Elizabeth Moore holds an EdM in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she has worked for a decade as a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In that role, she has helped whole schools lift the level of their reading and writing instruction. Beth has led much of the TCRWP’s work in a number of areas including spelling, phonics, vocabulary, and content literacy, and is a contributing author to many of the Project’s resources and materials. She has also helped the NYC Department of Education with performance assessments in reading. Beth now lives in Jericho, Vermont, but maintains her close affiliation with the TCRWP.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Marie Mounteer
Marie Mounteer
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Marie Mounteer is a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She works to help teachers and students learn to find the joy of literacy, and believes literacy is a right, not a privilege, and a tool that empowers, engages, and fights injustice. Her passion is helping students who are working to become multilingual, and she helped develop and run the Project’s ELL Institute, as well as its Coaching of Writing Institute. Always seeking ways to help teachers reconnect with their craft, she has lead specialty groups and homegrown institutes at TCRWP designed to grow teachers' learning. Marie holds a Masters degree in Elementary Education and a Special Education Certificate.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Kristine Mraz
Kristine Mraz
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Kristine Mraz is coauthor—with Christine Hertz—of Kids First from Day One, which provides a practical blueprint for increasing the child-centeredness of your teaching practice. She and Christine previously teamed up for the bestselling A Mindset for Learning (coauthored with Christine Hertz), which provides practical and powerful strategies for cultivating optimism, flexibility, and empathy alongside traditional academic skills. 

Kristi has also coauthored—with Alison Porceli and Cheryl Tyler—Purposeful Play, the book that helps you make play a powerful part of your teaching. She and Marjorie Martinelli wrote Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies ​to get the most out of this classroom staple. Their popular blog Chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums!

Kristi is a recent transplant to southern California, where she will be writing and consulting until the classroom calls again.  You can follow all of her adventures on Twitter @MrazKristine or on her blog, found at kristimraz.com.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Mike Ochs
Mike Ochs
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Mike Ochs taught in New York City, Washington, DC, and Mississippi before joining TCRWP as a staff developer. He has led site-based staff development in schools across the country, helping hundreds of teachers build strong reading and writing workshops. Mike is especially dedicated to the work of helping all kids become engaged and thoughtful readers of informational texts, and is himself a writer of nonfiction texts for children. Mike has also contributed to many publications for teachers, including several books in the Units of Study series.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Brianna Parlitsis
Brianna Parlitsis
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Brianna Parlitsis began her career in education as a research fellow at the Institute for Child Development, where she worked on studying best practices for students with disabilities. She then moved to New York City where she taught in NYC public schools and received her M.Ed. from Teachers College before joining TCRWP as a staff developer. Brianna has a special interest in data and working with teachers in high-needs schools who are supporting large populations of high-need students. Brianna supports schools across the New York City metropolitan area, and also on accasion across the country and around the globe, to find ways to give readers and writers roots and wings. She speaks often at conferences and is part of the faculty at the TCRWP summer institutes. She has also choreographed many successful flash mobs at institutes around the country.

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Stephanie Parsons
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Stephanie Parsons is a literacy consultant, a former staff developer with Lucy Calkins and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and a former teacher. She loves working alongside teachers and children to discover new ways of teaching. She hopes you will feel the power of transformative teaching along with your students. After attending Yale University and Teachers College at Columbia University, she became a first grade teacher at P.S. 321 in Brooklyn. She is now a reading and writing staff developer working with elementary schools in New York City and across the country.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Laurie Pessah
Laurie Pessah
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Laurie Pessah is a Senior Deputy Director at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she has responsibility for staffing the Project’s work with several hundred schools in New York City and around the country. Coauthor of the DVD A Principal’s Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing: Helping Teachers with Units of Study (Heinemann 2008), Laurie has special responsibility for leading the TCRWP’s work with school leaders and supporting staff developers. In this capacity, Laurie leads study groups, institutes, and a calendar of conference days for superintendents, principals, and assistant principals. She also has a longstanding special interest in primary-level reading and writing workshops.

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Michael Rae-Grant
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Michael Rae-Grant taught the primary grades in Brooklyn for many years before joining the Project as a staff developer. He holds an M.S.Ed. in Childhood Education and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College. Michael believes that literacy can transform students and teachers alike into critical readers of our difficult world, and that it can empower them to author a brighter and more equitable future.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Alissa Reicherter
Alissa Reicherter
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As a staff developer at TCRWP, Alissa Reicherter works with teachers and coaches in New York as well as across the country. She received her MSEd from Hunter College's Literacy Education Program. Alissa has a deep interest in empowering students to read and write so they can build more equitable and just communitites. In all of her work, she draws on her experiences teaching in general- and special-education settings in New York City public schools. Alissa enjoys immersing herself in new cultures, a passion which inspired her to teach abroad in Panama, Tanzania, and Nicaragua.

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Audra Robb
Audra Robb
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Audra Robb, Associate Director for Middle Schools at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, develops and pilots performance assessment tools aligned to state standards; provides staff development to schools in New York City and across the country; and leads workshops on incorporating poetry into ELA and content-area curriculum. Audra taught middle school English Language Arts in New York City before joining the Project.

 

System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Kate Roberts
Kate Roberts
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KATE ROBERTS is a national literacy consultant, top-selling author, and popular keynote speaker. She taught reading and writing in Brooklyn, NY and worked as a literacy coach before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in 2005, where she worked as a Lead Staff Developer for 11 years. Kate's latest book, A Novel Approach, asks how we can teach whole class novels while still holding onto student centered practices like readers workshop. She is also the co-author of Falling in Love with Close Reading (with Christopher Lehman), DIY Literacy (with Maggie Beattie Roberts), and she co-wrote two Units of Study books on Literary Essay. Her work with students across the country has led to her belief that all kids can be insightful, academic thinkers when the work is demystified, broken down and made engaging. To this end, Kate has worked nationally and internationally to help teachers, schools, and districts develop and implement strong teaching practices and curriculum.

Follow Kate online.
Twitter: @TeachKate
Pinterest: /IndentBlog
Blog: KateAndMaggie.com
System.Web.UI.WebControls.Image image Maggie Beattie Roberts
Maggie Beattie Roberts
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Maggie Beattie Roberts began her teaching career in the heart of Chicago and then pursued graduate studies as a Literacy Specialist at Teachers College, Columbia University. She worked as a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project for nearly ten years where she led research and development in digital and media literacy, as well as differentiated methods of teaching and content area literacy.

Maggie is currently a national literacy consultant, guest teacher, author, and frequent presenter at national conferences. She is committed to helping teachers tap into the power of their own deep engagement in reading and writing, and leads school-wide staff development around the country. She is happiest teaching alongside teachers in their classrooms. She is co-author of the popular book, DIY Literacy: Teaching Tools for Differentiation, Rigor, and Independence (with Kate Roberts), and authored several Heinemann Unit of Study books on the teaching of writing. Her latest article, Thinking While Reading: The Beautiful Mess of Helping Adolescents Learn and Celebrate How Their Minds Work (co-authored with Kristen Robbins Warren), is featured in the December 2016 issue of NCTE's middle school journal, Voices from the Middle. You can learn more about Maggie’s work, as well as access videos and other resources, at KateAndMaggie.com.

Follow Maggie on Twitter: @MaggieBRoberts
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Alexandra Roman
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As a Lead Staff Developer at the TCRWP, Alexandra Roman leads site-based staff development in schools across the country, helping hundreds of teachers build strong reading and writing workshops that support differentiated learners and ENLs. Alexandra is a member of an action research team that develops best practices for ENLs with a focus on raising student achievement. Prior to joining the TCRWP, Alexandra spent many years teaching in a dual language classroom in Brooklyn. Alexandra’s classroom served as an exemplar for second language learners and was highlighted as “Best Practices for ENLs," using reading and writing workshops. Alexandra continues to support ENLs through her work with administrators, literacy coaches, teachers, and kids in NYC, across the country, and internationally. When not in schools, Alexandra loves spending time with her children, Vialease, Jaiden, Aaliyah, and Josiah, supporting and nurturing their love for learning and professional dance.

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Rachel Rothman-Perkins
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Rachel Rothman-Perkins is a Lead Staff Developer at TCRWP and leads study groups, workshops and advanced sections at summer institutes on assessing and teaching foundational skills in addition to her professional development work in schools. At the Project, she is known for her leadership in phonics, spelling, vocabulary, and assessment-based instruction in the primary grades. Rachel’s passion for teaching and school leadership began when she was a classroom teacher at Gilder Elementary School in San Jose, CA, and in her studies in San Jose State University’s MA program in Literacy Education. She is an ardent student, tackling inquiry topics and developing deep knowledge through a succession of apprenticeships that have allowed her to push back the frontiers of her thinking.

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Shanna Schwartz
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Shanna Schwartz is the Curriculum Coordinator for Primary Literacy at TCRWP. In this role, she provides leadership throughout the TCRWP organization, while supporting schools and districts worldwide. This includes developing curriculum, mentoring staff developers, and facilitating study groups for school leaders. Shanna is her happiest when she is collaborating with educators—not only about best literacy practices, but also around valuing curiosity and joy in schools. She works to increase talking and thinking in classrooms as a means to amplify student voice.

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Julie Shepherd
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Julie Shepherd is a middle school teacher. She spent five years teaching 8th grade Social Studies and Humanities at IS 289 in lower Manhattan. While there, she developed text sets that have been used by many other educators in NYC. Her classroom was frequently used as a Project lab site for NYC teachers and visiting educators from across the country. Julie earned her Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from Simmons College in Boston. She currently teaches 7th grade Humanities in South Portland, Maine.

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Abby Oxenhorn Smith
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Abby Oxenhorn Smith worked as a K–2 teacher at PS 116 in Manhattan for seven years. In that capacity, she was a teacher-researcher with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Many teachers and principals visited Abby’s classroom, and her teaching was videotaped for the DVD Big Lessons from Small Writers: Teaching Primary Writing (Heinemann 2005). She also has worked as a literacy coach, and has led sections at the TCRWP summer institutes. Abby also can lead reading and writing workshops at home as well as at school, as she is the mother of second grade triplets.

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Emily Butler Smith
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Emily Butler Smith (EdD) is the Associate Director for Professional Development at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Emily’s research interests have focused on reading–writing connections and content literacy. As part of her doctoral work at Teachers College, Emily became a resident researcher in an inclusive third grade classroom, tracking the development of a few writers across a semester, in particular analyzing ways in which their study of mentor texts lifted the level of their writing and their understandings of writing. Emily leads an ongoing collaboration between the TCRWP and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation devoted to the teaching of history and literacy. Emily draws on all of this in her staff development work across the US and internationally.

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Kristin Smith
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As a staff developer at TCRWP, Kristin Smith works with many schools in New York and across the country. She has a deep interest in working with students and teachers to develop reading and writing identities while fostering strong classroom communities where all students are afforded opportunities to succeed. Kristin received her MEd from Teachers College in the Literacy Specialist Program, and has since worked as an instructor, teaching graduate reading courses. In all of her work, Kristin draws on her teaching experiences in West Windsor-Plainsboro, New Jersey and in the South Bronx, New York. In her spare time, you can find Kristin scouring travel books with her husband Bill, planning their next adventures.

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Janet L. Steinberg
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Janet Steinberg was a teacher and a data specialist in the Bronx before joining the Project as a data specialist and staff developer. She has a deep interest in using data to support instruction, and in finding principled ways to respond to the pressures around us without losing our way in the dark. She has special expertise in content-area literacies, especially in history, in Teacher Effectiveness work, in supporting high-needs students, and in using a knowledge of high-stakes assessments to allow us to be in a position to influence policy. That position of influence comes, in part, from achieving on measures that others deem important, and Janet has a laser-like focus on doing that, while holding tight to the principles and the rigor and authenticity of reading and writing workshop instruction.

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Emily Strang-Campbell
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Emily Strang-Campbell is a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. In that role, she supports schools across New York City, New Jersey, and the nation. Before joining the Project, Emily’s classroom at The Clinton School for Writers and Artists was frequently used as a Project lab site for NYC teachers and visiting educators from across the country. Her students’ writing and performance work is featured in several TCRWP projects and videos. Emily earned her Master’s Degree from New York University, with a dual certification in Educational Theatre and English in the secondary classroom. She also received her MFA in Theatre Arts from Brooklyn College.
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Dani Sturtz
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Dani Sturtz is a Staff Developer at TCRWP. She works with students, teachers, coaches, and principals locally, nationally, and internationally. Dani teaches calendar days and institutes at the Project during the year, as well as summer institutes around the world. She holds an MA degree as a Reading Specialist from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining TCRWP, Dani was a classroom teacher in Rockland County, NY and in New York City. When not inside a classroom, you'll find Dani running in Central Park or along the West Side Highway running path. 
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Annie Taranto
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Annie Taranto is a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, and a graduate of the Literacy Specialty Program at TC. As a staff developer, Annie works with teachers, coaches, and principals in a score of schools in New York City and across the nation, as well as in Asia. She has a deep interest in helping teachers tap into their powers as readers and writers, and is especially known for her summer institute sections and conference days.

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Sarah Picard Taylor
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Sarah Picard Taylor is a Lead Staff Developer at TCRWP. She works with teachers in the primary grades in NY area schools and across the country to transform their teaching of reading and writing. Sarah teaches at summer institutes, leads specialty courses in schools, and teaches in lab site classrooms to help teachers see the full potential of their students and workshop teaching. Before joining the Project, she taught in an inclusive classroom in New York City and also as a Reading Specialist in WI. Sarah's other love is her own young writer and reader, Maggie. 

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Marc Todd
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Marc Todd  teaches Social Studies at IS 289, the Hudson River Middle School, and is a national presenter for TCRWP. He has led multiple workshops and institutes for TCRWP, the NYC DOE, and school districts around the country on teaching students to be critical readers of history. Marc's focus on culturally relevant pedagogy, on immersing kids in nonfiction reading, and on making notebook work serious and joyful inside of content classes has also been featured in a number of books and articles published by TCRWP. Marc opens his classroom at IS 289 to visitors regularly and collaborates with teachers around the globe.
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Kathleen Tolan
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For more than 20 years, Kathleen Tolan was a Senior Deputy Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She had special responsibility for the Project’s work with reading instruction, organizing instruction for staff developers and the Project’s four summer institutes. She was also instrumental in the creation of the content literacy institutes and coaching institutes. Kathleen provided staff development at schools in the South Bronx, Harlem, Manhattan, and Scarsdale. A coauthor of numerous books in the Units of Study for teaching reading and writing series, she is also featured in many of the TCRWP’s online videos. Throughout her career, Kathleen remained a consummate professional and a champion for kids and for literacy.

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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
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Author of Poems Are Teachers: How Studying Poetry Strengthens Writing in All Genres and co-author of Poetry: Big Thoughts in Small Packages, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater also writes books for children. Her titles include Forest Has a Song, Every Day Birds, Read! Read! Read!, and With My Hands, and her poems appear in many anthologies. A graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, former fifth grade teacher, and writing teacher of 20 years, Amy leads school assemblies, offers writing workshops for all ages, and speaks frequently at conferences. She makes her home in Western New York, sharing snips of life at her popular classroom blog www.poemfarm.amylv.com and on Twitter @amylvpoemfarm.
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Katherine Wears
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Katie Wears brings years teaching in primary classrooms and working as a literacy coach to her current role as a staff developer at TCRWP. In this capacity, Katie helps schools throughout the country develop coherent, joyful approaches to teaching reading and writing. For Katie, the challenge is not just to play Johnny Appleseed, carrying great ideas from one site to another, but also to help schools themselves become centers for professional inquiry. Her greatest challenge, then, is always to figure out ways to tap into the passions and dreams and talents of teachers with whom she is so fortunate to work. At Teachers College, Katie teachers advanced sections at summer institutes and leads study groups for literacy coaches as well as for teachers. She works closely with students from Teachers College's Literacy Specialist Program who apprentice with her. Those who know Katie know all about her role as the proud aunt to three enthusiastic super readers: Owen, Keegan, and Parker; and of her love for the North Country and its teachers and kids.

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Lindsay Wilkes
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Lindsay Wilkes is a former staff developer at TCRWP. In that role, she supported schools in New York City and across the country. Prior to joining the Project, Lindsay received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Hofstra University's School of Education and Columbia University's Teachers College, respectively. She then went on to teach at PS 58, one of the Project's mentor schools. Lindsay strives to increase engagement, independence, and joy in the classroom - helping teachers and children discover a love of reading and writing, and of teaching and learning.

 

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Cynthia Williams
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Cynthia Williams brings her love of books and years of classroom teaching experience across Arkansas, Texas, and Michigan to her role as a TCRWP staff developer. A former curriculum coach and district teacher leader, Cynthia is passionate about the power of kid-watching and playful, responsive workshop teaching to transform school cultures and communities. In New York City, nationally, and internationally, she supports teachers and school leaders in cultivating student-centered environments designed to support independence and access for all learners. In addition to her work in classrooms alongside students and teachers, she teaches institutes and specialty courses at TCRWP.

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Katy Wischow
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As a Senior Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Katy Wischow supports elementary and middle schools not only in New York City but also across the nation and the world. She has been an adjunct instructor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, teaching graduate courses in literacy education. Katy earned her MA in the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College and taught for many years in Newark, NJ. Katy is passionate about curriculum development, using the arts to develop literacy, and creating strong cultures of talk in classrooms.

Katy is coauthor of Unlocking the Power of Classroom Talk.

 

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Pablo Wolfe
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Pablo Wolfe trains teachers in Workshop model teaching methods as a Staff Developer for the TCRWP. Before joining the Project, he taught at I.S. 392 in Brooklyn, and School of the Future in Manhattan, where he was also Department Head and a mentor for aspiring teachers. Pablo believes strongly in the role of educators as agents of social change and strives to thread that belief through his writing and staff development.