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The Classroom Essentials Series

With fresh and engaging content, books in the Classroom Essentials series bring the transformative power of foundational ideas and student-centered practices to today’s busy teachers.

A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences
By: Carl Anderson

  • How can I get started with conferring, or improve my conferences?
  • How can I fit writing conferences into my busy schedule?
  • How can conferences help me meet the diverse needs of student writers?

In A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, Carl Anderson provides step-by-step guidance for getting up and running with writing conferences, and shares his latest thinking on how to make the most of your conferring time.

A Teacher's Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Writers
By: Katie Wood Ray and Lisa Cleaveland

  • How can I establish a routine for writing in my classroom?
  • Why is making books developmentally appropriate?
  • How can I help my youngest students become writers?

In A Teacher’s Guide to Getting Started with Beginning Readers, Katie Wood Ray shows you how to set up a daily practice to help even your youngest students learn to write—by making books!


A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences
A Teacher's Guide to
Reading Conferences
By: Jennifer Serravallo

  • Why is conferring important?
  • How do I know what kind of conference my students needs most?
  • How can I get started with conferring, or improve my conferences?

In A Teacher's Guide to Reading Conferences, Jen helps you understand why conferring is integral to reading instruction, how to get started with conferences if you’re new to reading workshop, and ways to improve your existing conferences.


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Each book in the Classroom Essentials series focuses on one essential, student-centered practice, giving you the information you need to get started trying it—or refining it—in your own classroom right away. Each book features a fresh, highly visual design to create an engaging, contemporary reading experience. Most books in the series also include robust online resources—including video that shows you what the practice looks like in today’s dynamic classrooms.

Perhaps most importantly, each author in the series is a nationally-known authority on the book’s topic, and connects you with their own teaching mentors. You’ll see how today’s most progressive practices are built on a solid foundation of research found in professional literature.

Coming Soon:

A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Lessons by Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly
A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials by Katherine Bomer and Corinne Arens
A Teacher’s Guide to Big Five Reading Instruction by Gretchen Owocki

Katie Wood Ray

A Letter from Series Editor Katie Wood Ray

Dear Readers,
As a young classroom teacher, I read my first Heinemann book—In the Middle, by Nancie Atwell—way back in 1988. Clocking in at more than 300 pages, I read it cover to cover, and the book literally transformed my teaching. In the Middle showed me the value of student-centered practices and beliefs, and after reading it, I began a journey of professional reading that’s sustained me ever since. The authors of books like Nancie’s have been my most important teaching mentors.

Professional books look very different today, and teachers access information and inspiration to feed their teaching in new, dynamic ways. But although the way we read is evolving, the transformative power of foundational ideas remains the same. This important realization was the genesis of the Classroom Essentials series. As the leading publisher of professional books for teachers, we asked this important question: “How might we reimagine how we offer content in books for today’s busy teachers—whether they’re veterans, new teachers, or just new to professional reading?”

With a laser-sharp focus, each book in the series highlights one essential, student-centered practice, giving you the information you need to get started trying it—or refining it—in your own classroom right away. Informed directly by the content, each book utilizes a fresh, highly visual design to create an engaging, contemporary reading experience. Most books in the series also include robust online resources—including video that shows you what the practice looks like in today’s dynamic classrooms. Perhaps most importantly, authors in the series connect you with their own teaching mentors, showing you how today’s most progressive practices are built on a solid foundation of research found in professional literature.

As the series editor for Classroom Essentials, my deepest hope is that this book builds a strong, lasting bridge between important work in our field from the past and a future full of bright possibilities for the students we teach.

Warmly,
Katie Wood Ray

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  • A Teacher’s Guide to Reading Conferences by Jennifer Serravallo (Available February 2019)
  • A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Lessons by Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly (Available Fall 2019)
  • A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Workshop Essentials by Katherine Bomer and Corinne Arens (Available Fall 2019)
  • A Teacher’s Guide to Big Five Reading Instruction by Gretchen Owocki (Available Fall 2019)