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Individualize Writing Instruction by Conferring with Students...Whatever the Setting!

Presented By Carl Anderson

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Date and Time

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 5:30pm to 6:45pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Wednesday, March 10, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021
  • Wednesday, March 31, 2021

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


As a writing teacher, you know that your students are at different levels and have different needs. How can you provide just the right instruction that will help all your students move forward as writers? In this webinar series, Carl Anderson will show you how to answer this question: by having daily one-on-one writing conferences with your students, whether in your classroom or online. You will learn how conferences can help you discover and assess what students are trying to do as writers and then teach them what they need to learn about writing, from navigating the stages of the writing process to the qualities of writing in narrative, informational, and persuasive genres.

Across the day, you'll watch and analyze video of Carl conferring with students in different grade levels, and you'll read and discuss student writing samples to get some practice with the kind of assessment that will help you confer powerfully with students.

Also, throughout the sessions, Carl will give you tips for how to confer effectively on online platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet and how to use the tools that these kinds of platforms give you to make all the important conferring moves.

By the end of the webinar series, you'll have learned numerous conferring strategies that you can use the next day when you work with your students.

Learning Objectives


  • Understand why conferring is such an effective teaching method
  • Become familiar with key conferring concepts
  • Know the three parts of a writing conference


  • Learn strategies for helping students talk about their writing to help you discover what they're doing as writers
  • Understand why supporting students' talk about their writing is so important
  • Know how to support students' talk on online platforms


  • Learn how to assess student writing by recognizing students' emerging strengths as writers
  • Practice assessing student writing by recognizing common writing patterns
  • Know how to decide the next steps for students as writers
  • Learn how to assess student writing online


  • Learn about the four conference teaching moves
  • Know how to teach with mentor texts and by demonstration
  • Know how to use online tools to teach effectively
  • Learn about conference record-keeping systems

About the Presenter

Carl Anderson is an internationally recognized expert in writing instruction for grades K-8. He works as a consultant in schools and districts around the world and is a longtime staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Carl is the author of numerous books on teaching writing, including the new A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences, the best-selling How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, as well as Assessing Writers and the Strategic Writing Conferences series. Carl is known for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, school-based residencies, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, administrators, curriculum coordinators, writing teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, and staff developers.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this four-part webinar series is $125.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the webinar series recording for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this webinar, we highly recommend A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences.


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Upcoming Dates & Locations

03/10/2021-03/31/2021 - Starts March 10, 2021- 5:30-6:45pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 03/10/2021 - 03/31/2021* Where: Online

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