2013-2104 Specialty Groups

It is crucial that schools develop leadership capacity. As Michael Fullan has written, "It takes capacity to develop capacity." Each of TCRWP's Teacher-Researcher Specialty Groups brings together teacher-leaders and potential teacher-leaders from across approximately a dozen schools. These teacher-leaders study with the TCRWP’s top expert in a specialized area of instruction. The group itself generates yet more knowledge on the subject.

This year, specialty groups will develop new thinking around instructing struggling readers and students with special learning needs, designing state-of-the-art performance assessments, supporting strong readers and writers, note-taking and idea-making in content area literacy, and understanding text complexities at the highest levels, to name a few.

Members of a daytime specialty course convene for five full days across the year in a school that has developed exemplary practices so that the group can research students, implement classroom practices, and reflect together. Members of an after-school specialty group convene for eight three-hour meetings, in either the fall or spring term. During these days together, experienced workshop teachers and Project leaders work shoulder-to-shoulder as researchers to pursue a serious classroom-based inquiry.

Please Note: Specialty Groups are only available in conjunction with our on-site staff development. To discuss your eligibility for future Specialty Groups, please write to Jessica Moskowitz at jessica@readingandwritingproject.com.


Specialty Group Title Leaders Grades Start Date
Ramping Up Content Area Curriculum Amanda Hartman K-2 Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Becoming Experts in Small Group Work to Accelerate the Achievement of Primary Readers Rachel Rothman K-2 Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Strengthening Instruction by Increasing Engagement in Reading and Writing Natalie Louis and Marjorie Martinelli K-2 Friday, October 4, 2013
Using Read Aloud to Its Full Potential Across the School Year Shanna Schwartz K-2 Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Using Mentor Texts to Support Writing Workshop Across the Year Emily Smith 3-5 Monday, October 7, 2013
Ramping Up Our Social Studies Curriculum Kathleen Tolan 3-5 Friday, September 27, 2013
Using Technology in Writing Workshop to Support Engagement Cornelius Minor 3-8 Friday, October 11, 2013
Engaging and Teaching Disengaged Learners During Workshop Teaching Colleen Cruz 3-8 Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Special Ed and Tier I and Tier II RTI Students Who Struggle With Reading Janet Steinberg 3-8 Friday, October 11, 2013