Reading & Writing Project

  • The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is one of the world’s premier providers of professional development in the teaching of writing. Lucy Calkins’ books on teaching writing, including the now-classic The Art of Teaching Writing, are foundational to the field. Thousands of school districts have adopted Units of Study in Writing Grades K-8 as their writing curriculum. 

    Write Implementation of Writers Workshop in MPCSD

    For the last three years, over seventy five percent of our teachers and administrators grades K-5 have participated in Writers Workshop.  Every K-5 classroom in MPCSD has implemented the Units of Study in Writing Grades K-8 curriculum. This last summer MPCSD hosted a 4 day-Teachers College Homegrown Institute with over 25 of our teachers participating. In addition, this summer a number of teachers and administrators went to New York and were trained in Readers Workshop. The District is exploring next steps in implementing Readers Workshop as a promising practice. We are planning on hosting a Homegrown Readers Workshop Institute in June 2015.

    Background Information

    Pathways to the Common Core

    The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project was founded and is directed by Lucy Calkins, The Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature at Teachers College. Lucy is the author or co-author of over two score of books, including Pathways to the Common Core (with Ehrenworth and Lehman) which was recently listed as #8 in the New York Times list of best-selling education books. She has also authored/co-authored The Art of Teaching WritingThe Art of Teaching Reading, a series of books titled Units of Study in Reading and the recently released Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information and Narrative Writing: A K-8 Common Core Curriculum. These books, as well as those by current and former staff members and TCRWP teachers, create a portfolio of texts which is foundational to reading and writing workshop instruction across the globe.

What do Teachers Learn at a Writers Workshop Training?

    • Strategies for teaching narrative, informative and argument writing to target learning goals in the Common Core State Standard
    • What’s available in the new Heinemann Units of Study for Writing and how to plan for a Unit of Study in your classroom
    • The nuts and bolts of Writing Workshop, including management tips and methods for applying the architecture of a mini-lesson to support learning
    • Practical toolkits, charts and other resources to help writers do their best work
    • Methods, routines and coaching tools to help make “conferring” a deliberate part of your teaching plan