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One-Day Workshop:
The New Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grades K-2

Presented by Natalie Louis

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For Grades K-2: The New Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Workshop Curriculum, Grades K-2, Presented by Natalie Louis

Special Note: A concurrent workshop is being presented on the same day in the same location for Grades 3-5.

Following on the success of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, K-5, Lucy Calkins and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project present a new series, Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K-5.

Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders, this new reading series is rooted in the Project's best practices and newest thinking. It includes state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading, undergirded by the Project's learning progressions in reading for literature and informational texts.

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K-5, by Lucy Calkins and her senior colleagues from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), offer grade-by-grade curricula in reading designed to meet ambitious 21st-century expectations and global standards. At this workshop, senior colleague Natalie Louis will share their newest thinking on reading instruction and reading workshop, embodied in the Units and drawing on their decades of research, curriculum development, and work in thousands of schools.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the principles, progressions, and methods that undergird a reading workshop curriculum;
  • Explore practical ways to teach the higher-level comprehension skills required by today's ambitious standards;
  • Be brought backstage to hear about the research and the discoveries that informed the development of reading Units of Study;
  • Grasp ways of supporting kids as they progress up the ladder of text complexity.

About the Presenter

Natalie Louis is a Senior Lead Staff Developer at Teachers' College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP). She leads advanced sections at the Project's summer institutes and does data-focused staff development locally, nationally, and internationally. She joined Lucy Calkins and other classroom teachers to create and pilot the first Units of Study for Primary Writing, coauthoring its Writing for Readers; and she coauthored the updated version of that book for Kindergarten in the writing Units of Study series. Before joining the Project, Natalie taught grades 1-3 in the New York City public schools.

About the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

For more than thirty years, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project ( has been both a provider of professional development to hundreds of thousands of educators and a think tank, developing state-of-the-art teaching methods and working closely with policy makers, school principals, and teachers to initiate and support school-wide and system-wide reform in the teaching of reading and writing.

Who Should Attend?

Teachers, staff developers, coaches, and administrators at school and district levels grades K-2.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $239.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $229.00 per person.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

05/19/2017 - Buffalo, NY

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