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Good teaching pays off. When you provide students with constant opportunities to read and to write, and when you actively and assertively teach into their best efforts, their literacy development will astonish you, their parents, the school administrators—and best of all, the students themselves.
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Kathleen Tolan

Remembering Kathleen Tolan

We mark the sudden passing of our friend, colleague, and mentor, Kathleen Tolan, with great sadness; in remembering Kathleen and the importance of her work, no words speak better than her own, in a passage from one of her most recent books, co-written with Lucy Calkins: Read More...

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Units of Study - Writing

Units of Study Writing

Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, K-8 Series

Updated Edition Now Available!


Built on the best practices and proven frameworks developed over decades of work in thousands of classrooms across the country and around the world, the Units of Study for Teaching Writing, K–8 series offers grade-by-grade plans for teaching state-of-the-art writing workshops that help students meet and exceed global standards.

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Units of Study - Reading

Units of Study Reading

Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K-5 Series

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K–5 series offers grade-by-grade curricula in reading designed to meet ambitious 21st century global standards. Drawing on learning gleaned from decades of research, curriculum development, and working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, and school leaders in schools, think tanks, and advanced Institute sections, the new reading series is rooted in the Project's best practices and newest thinking. The series includes state-of-the-art charts and tools, methods for teaching reading, undergirded by the Project's learning progressions in reading for literature and informational texts.

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If...Then...Units

Units of Study If Then Units

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Heinemann are proud to announce the release of four additional book-length units of study, each addressing an especially key topic from the Units of Study If...Then... books.

These new book-length units have been written to fit tongue and groove into the original Units of Study, yet each can also work as a self-contained stand-alone unit, offering you a chance to try on the experience of teaching with the Units before moving to the complete series.

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TCRWP Classroom Libraries

TCRWP Classroom Libraries

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Classroom Libraries

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project has developed state-of-the-art classroom libraries for each grade level, K–8. Curated by Lucy Calkins and TCRWP colleagues along with a team of literacy leaders and children’s literature experts, these libraries contain 400–700 leveled books at each grade level—all organized into collections, shelves, and bins based on level, genre, topic, and available in versions for students reading both at and below benchmark.

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Professional Books

Professional Books

In addition to her work on the Units of Study for Teaching Reading and Writing, Lucy Calkins is also the author or coauthor of numerous foundational professional books including The Art of Teaching Writing, Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions, Grades K–8, Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement, One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, and A Principal’s Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing.

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PD Services

Professional Development

The Units of Study books are a framework for teaching—and more. Lucy Calkins has embedded professional development in the curriculum, teaching teachers the why and how of effective reading and writing instruction. Through regular coaching tips and detailed descriptions of teaching moves, essential aspects of reading instruction are underscored, explained, and modeled at every turn. The professional development embedded in the series can be further enhanced through many different professional development opportunities offered by the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Heinemann including:

  • Units of Study Workshops
  • Multi-Day Institutes
  • Leadership Support
  • Classroom Videos
  • Video Overviews of the Units
  • Twitter Chats
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