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Standing on Shoulders

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By Jennifer Serravallo

The Writing Strategies Book started shipping this week. I’ve been overwhelmed and humbled by the positive responses and enthusiasm from so many. Before you all get this book in your hands, though, I need to get something off my chest:

This book would not exist were it not for a community of friends, mentors, colleagues and teachers—giants—whom I’ve been lucky to know. I want you all to know them, too.

My most immediate teacher and mentor around the teaching of writing is Lucy Calkins. I first read her books in college, leaned on them heavily throughout my years in the classroom, and eventually was lucky enough to spend years with her at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Her contributions are deep-reaching—not only in writing curriculum and workshop methods of instruction but also as a mentor to so many who have gone on to inspire others. If you asked Lucy, though, she’d probably tell you she stands on the shoulders of her mentors, chief among them Don Graves. I came to Graves’ books, such as Writing: Teachers and Children at Work, many years after being introduced to Lucy’s books, but through Lucy, I was learning from this work years before going directly to the source.

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The Best of the 2016 PLC Series

2016 was rich with content, conversation, and camaraderie in our Professional Learning Community blog series!  Thousands of educators like you pushed your thinking through reading, sharing, and discussing the videos, articles, book chapters, and more. No doubt students all over the country and even all over the world have received the benefits of your dedication to professional learning.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular posts of 2016!

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PLC Series: September Round-Up

PD PLC_Email_Banner_640x220_White_FIN.jpgWelcome back to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we celebrate new beginnings for teachers and learners across the country.

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Here is your Heinemann PD PLC Series Round-Up for September! This month Heinemann PD reignited the Professional Learning Series to spark conversations around themed content. Scroll through the links below for a recap of shared videos and downloads, PD opportunities, and links related to this month’s blog series.

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PLC Series: The Importance of Informal Reading Conferences

PD PLC_Email_Banner_640x220_White_FIN.jpgWelcome back to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we celebrate new beginnings for teachers and learners across the country.

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The beginning of the school year holds varying levels of excitement and stress. It is important to take a moment to pause and reflect upon what is most important as you begin building your learning community.  Laying the foundation of trust and choice among all learners in the classroom cannot be rushed. The practice of modeling and supporting book choice, goal setting, and independent reading behaviors are imperative to the success of your readers. 
 

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Online PLC: Let’s Celebrate Teachers Before We Evaluate Them

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During April, we will examine the place that assessment has in the lives of both educators and students. Keep this question in mind as you view, read, and share thoughts from this month's content: How can we assess what we value?

“Noticing and celebrating what students and teachers are doing well is not a frill or mere paying of compliments. It is honestly and specifically acknowledging a positive behavior, action, or learning activity. It requires re-visioning what we see, say, and do when we walk into teachers’ classrooms.”

Could any professional thrive in a culture of distrust? It is doubtful, yet a fog of fear and misplaced accountability measures has settled in too many schools, preventing the kind of environment in which teachers can grow and thrive. In order to teach responsively and reflect on the kinds of instruction that promotes student growth, teachers need to know and celebrate what they are doing well – and hear this from evaluators.

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Online PLC: Transform Your Teaching, Transform A Life.

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During February, we’re featuring articles from our Online PLC to support new teachers (#NTchat on Twitter). However, we know teachers of all experience levels can use some rejuvenation at this time of year, so let’s join together in this community of strength and support! This week: a video from Regie Routman.

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