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No More Telling as Teaching with Cris Tovani

No More Telling as TeachingWhen we rely on lecture to cover more content, we’re doing students a disservice.  Although lecture can be engaging and even useful, lecture alone cannot give students real opportunities to learn, retain, and transfer the ideas, skills, and practices we’re trying to teach.

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Gearing up for a Powerful Launch to a New Year: Reflecting on the August Teachers College Reading Institute

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Written by By Anna Gratz Cockerille 

Search #TCRWP on Twitter this week, and you’ll see scores of Tweets brimming with enthusiasm, learning, and energy from participants of The Reading and Writing Project’s annual August Reading Institute. These Tweets include snippets of wisdom from workshop leaders, featured speakers, fellow participants, and of course, from Lucy Calkins herself. (Some of the most tweeted lines from Lucy’s Monday keynote include: “Reading is no longer reading if you try to control my mind while I do it” and, "Does your book club forge relationships, take you out of your bubble, enrich your sense of self?"—Lucy Calkins.) 

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Gearing Up for a Powerful Launch to a New Year: Reflecting on the August Writing Institute K-8

Calkins Read AloudWritten by By Anna Gratz Cockerille

This week, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project August Writing Institute is here. Thousands of educators from all over the country and world have descended upon Teachers College to learn, to talk, and to write. There is nothing quite like a TCRWP Institute. An institute is a week-long opportunity for participants to completely immerse themselves in a study of one aspect of literacy instruction. It is a chance to not only learn invaluable fundamentals and best practices, perhaps even more importantly, it is a chance to become a learner, to get to know a subject area inside out because of daily practice and reflection. 

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Ellin Keene Reflects on Mosaic of Thought’s 20th Anniversary with Tom Newkirk

Tom Newkirk interviews Ellin Keene part 1Mosaic of Thought, by Ellin Keene and Susan Zimmermann, became a runaway best-seller as the first book to explicitly describe the use and benefits of strategy-based comprehension instruction. To recognize the 20th anniversary of the book, Tom Newkirk, who served as editor, recently sat down with Ellin Keene to revisit how Mosaic of Thought came to be and the impact it had on education.

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Gearing Up for a Powerful Launch to a New Year: Reflecting on the June TC Reading Institute K-8

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Written By Anna Gratz Cockerille 

Check out the Twitter feed of the @TCRWP, and you’ll see scores of Tweets brimming with enthusiasm, learning, and energy from participants of The Reading and Writing Project’s annual June Reading Institute, going on this week. These Tweets include snippets of wisdom from workshop leaders, featured speakers, fellow participants, and of course, from Lucy Calkins herself. (Some of the most tweeted lines from Lucy’s Monday keynote include: “Reading is no longer reading if you try to control my mind while I do it” and, "We continue to inadvertently chase students away from reading. Don't make reading so elite and pure that humanity is forgotten.”) 

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Dismantling Racism in Education

SaraCornSonja_2Not talking about racism is not a solution. How do we have this conversation and how do we unravel assumptions about racism? Even if you don’t have the expertise we can create safe space for the conversation. How do we get started and move forward? How can these talks bring us together? 

The Heinemann Fellows recently hosted a panel about racism in education facilitated by Heinemann authors Sara Ahmed, Sonja Cherry-Paul and Cornelius Minor. After the panel we sat down, alongside Heinemann General Manager Vicki Boyd, to talk about what racism looks like and how do we breakup the assumptions we make about racism. 

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