August Writing Institute
Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 8, 2014
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY
(212) 678-3104

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The Writing Institute is designed for educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate reading and writing workshops.

During this five-day institute, small and large group sections will tackle, headfirst, the following topics and much more: the central role of curriculum development and planning in the teaching of writing, units of study in writing workshop, helping students write well about reading, genre studies in reading and writing memoir, poetry and short fiction, the importance of assessment-based instruction, methods of holding our students accountable for doing their best work, using literature to help students craft their writing, and classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration.

The noncredit registration fee for this institute is $750.00. NYC DOE personnel and teachers receive a reduced rate of $600.00. This cost does not include meals or housing. You will be notified by e-mail if your application is accepted. Your acceptance e-mail will provide a link for payment (credit card or PO only). Please do not make any travel plans or reservations before you have been accepted into the institute.

For more information about the institute, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Carl Anderson

Carl Anderson is the author of Assessing Writers,How’s It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, and the series, Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward. Carl has been a staff developer with TCRWP schools and schools across the world for decades.

Lucy Calkins

Lucy Calkins, Founding Director of the TCRWP, is the author or co-author of two scores of books including the newly released Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing written with the TCRWP community, and Pathways to the Common Core, one of the top ten New York Times best-selling educational books of 2013. Calkins is the Robinson Professor of Literacy at Teachers College, Columbia University where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program.

Colleen Cruz

Colleen Cruz, Senior Staff Developer at the TCRWP, is a writer of professional texts for teachers and of children’s literature including, the new Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax, and Truth, The Arc of Story, Independent Writing; One Teacher, Thirty-Two Needs, Topics and Plans and Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5.

Amanda Hartman

Amanda Hartman, Associate Director of the TCRWP, has co-authored One-to-One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, as well as Launching the Writing Workshop, and Lessons from the Masters: Improving Narrative Craft.

Lester Laminack

Lester Laminack is the author of many articles and books for teachers including, Bullying Hurts: Teaching Kindness Through Read Alouds and Spelling in Use, as well as many children’s books including, The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins and Three Hens and a Peacock.

Kate Roberts

Kate Roberts, Lead Staff Developer at the TCRWP, is co-author of Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for Analyzing Texts - and Life and the new Literary Essays: From Character to Compare/Contrast and Literary Essays: Analyzing Craft and Theme.

Seymour Simon

Seymour Simon, is the author of more than 250 highly acclaimed science books including, Coral Reefs, Our Solar System, and the EINSTEIN ANDERSON: SCIENCE GEEK series. Simon was the recipient of a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Commendation from the National Forum on Children’s Science Books.