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Multi-Day Institute:
Confident Teachers, Strong Writers: Individualizing Writing Instruction, K-8

Presented by Carl Anderson and Matt Glover

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, 2022
  • 10:00am to 2:30pm Eastern Time (ET)

Please note that this two-day event is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Please join Carl Anderson and Matt Glover for a two-day virtual institute!

This institute is designed for the K-8 teacher who wants to improve or strengthen their writing instruction skills, as well as for the literacy coaches, administrators, and curriculum specialists who support them.

The theme of this institute is individualizing instruction, an important aspect of writing instruction. Participants will learn practical strategies they can use as soon as they return to their onsite and virtual schools. The two days will each begin with a keynote, followed by a workshop co-led by Carl and Matt. They will also offer breakout sessions that explore other aspects of teaching writing, such as engagement, designing curriculum, teaching with mentor texts, and fostering student independence as writers. Each day will then conclude with a Q & A session with Carl and Matt.

Both keynotes and workshops will focus on the institute theme and support attendees with learning to maximize time for individualized instruction in the writing workshop. Participants will see video of work that Carl and Matt have done with children, as well as read and study student writing and mentor texts.

Sample daily schedule (subject to change):

10:00am-10:45am: Keynote by Carl or Matt
10:45am-11:00am: Break
11:00am-12:30pm: Workshop co-led by Carl and Matt
12:30pm-1:00pm: Lunch
1:00pm-2:00pm: Breakout session with Carl or Matt*
2:00pm-2:30pm: Q & A time with Carl and Matt

While our institutes are scheduled for a specific time zone, anyone from any time zone is welcome to enroll. Please be sure to adjust your attendance time to the time zone listed.

*Participants will receive 30-day access to recordings of all sessions, including breakout sessions, in order to benefit from all content offered in this institute.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn multiple lenses for assessing student writers.
  • Discover ways of getting to know students as writers.
  • Gain confidence with identifying and building upon student strengths.
  • Get tips for how to be responsive to student needs in writing conferences and small groups.
  • Learn to individualize conference teaching by choosing "just right" mentor and process texts.
  • Learn how to set individualized writing goals for students.
  • Explore record-keeping systems for tracking work with students across the year.

About the Presenters

Carl Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in writing instruction for grades K-8, working as a consultant in schools and districts around the world. A long-time staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Carl is the author of numerous books on teaching writing, including the bestselling How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers and Assessing Writers.

His latest book, A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences, is part of the Classroom Essentials series. Full of classroom videos, the book helps teachers understand the underlying principles and reasons for conferring with students, and how to make writing conferences a part of teachers' daily routines.

Matt Glover has been a teacher, principal, and consultant for over thirty years. He is the author and coauthor of many Heinemann titles including Craft and Process Studies; I Am Reading; Engaging Young Writers; Projecting Possibilities for Writers; Already Ready; and Watch Katie and Matt...Sit Down and Teach Up, a video-enhanced ebook. Matt was also coeditor with Ellin Oliver Keene of a best-selling collection of essays, The Teacher You Want to Be.

An international literacy consultant, Matt frequently speaks on topics related to nurturing writers of all ages, early reading, and supporting children's intellectual development.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators, and administrators.

Pricing Information (July 1 - December 31, 2022 Events)

The tuition fee for this virtual institute is $239.00 per person and offers .75 CEU/7.5 clock hours. Tuition also includes access to the recorded institute for 30 days, which begins on the date you receive the link to the final session's recording. Please note, access cannot be extended past 30 days.

Event Videography

Heinemann will record all virtual events, including full-group and breakout sessions where your camera and microphone may be turned on. This recording is kept secure and will only be shared with you and your fellow attendees. Your recorded image and audio will not be used in any other way.

Accessing a Virtual Institute

Logging in and participating in an online Virtual Institute is easy. A series of emails will be sent to the address you provide on your registration form to confirm your enrollment and provide information and a link to access the secure Virtual Institute site.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

07/20/2022-07/21/2022 - Eastern Time (ET) - Virtual Institute, Online

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