Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Literacy Leadership Enhanced at Columbia

Well-known educator, Lucy Calkins is pictured with the group from OJRSD.
(Missing from the picture are Susan Lloyd and Jen Umstead)

For one Saturday in both the Spring and the Fall, Columbia University Teacher's College Reading & Writing Project (TCRWP) opens its doors to thousands of educators from all over the country. Each Saturday Reunion offers more than 125 workshops, keynotes and closings on numerous topics, such as: argument writing, embedding historical fiction in nonfiction text sets, opinion writing for very young writers, managing workshop instruction, aligning instruction to the Common Core, using performance assessments and curriculum maps to ratchet up the level of teaching, state-of-the-art test prep, phonics, guided reading and more. Senior Project staff, including Lucy Calkins and all TCRWP staff developers, present on each of these Saturdays.

Elementary Principals Susan Lloyd and Todd Oswald traveled with several OJR teachers to New York City on Saturday, October 19, to attend the Fall "Reunion" featuring well-known author Kate DiCamillo.  Kate DiCamillo is the author of many beloved books for children including the  Newbery Medal book The Tale of Despereaux. Over 100 literacy workshops were offered throughout the day.

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