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Conferring with Readers and Writers

Presented By Carl Anderson and Dan Feigelson

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Webinar Dates:

Four, 75-minute webinar sessions from 4:30pm–5:45pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Please note that these webinars are recorded and made available to all participants the following day.


How do we teach a class full of readers and writers who have such a wide variety of skills and needs? The answer is to balance our whole class and small group instruction with individual reading and writing conferences. Though it is our job to teach end-of-year expectations for a particular grade, when students do not also have opportunities to make their own reading and writing decisions they do not learn to use what we have taught them independently!

While individual conferences play a critical role in both reading and writing instruction, they are too often thought of as separate entities. In this webinar series, Carl and Dan will look at similarities and differences in reading and writing conferences—and how to make connections between the two, so students can become effective reading and writing decision makers!

The following is a description of the learning objectives to be met within each session of this series:

Session 1 - Participants will:

  • Get an overview of the rationale behind balancing individual reading and writing conferences with whole class and small group instruction, and the important role conferring plays in creating student engagement and autonomy;
  • Why do we confer? Hear Carl's latest thinking on the key principles underlying effective writing conferences.

Session 2 - Participants will:

  • Hear Carl detail the three parts of an effective writing conference, and share strategies teachers can use to navigate each.

Session 3 - Participants will:

  • Hear Dan give tips on how to become an effective reading diagnostician for individual student readers.
  • Hear Dan describe a practical, step-by-step approach to conducting individual reading conferences that develop student agency, deepen comprehension, and meet standards.

Session 4 - Participants will:

  • Hear Carl and Dan give tips on how to negotiate the logistics of conferring: note-taking, follow-up, assessment, and more.
  • Be provided with strategies for aligning reading and writing conferences so that students make connections, and deepen their understanding of both subjects.


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 brand 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 Strategic Writing Conferences. Carl is known for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, school-based residencies, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl, and visit his website,

Dan Feigelson has worked extensively in New York City schools as a teacher, staff developer, curriculum writer, principal, and local superintendent. An early member of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, he has led institutes, workshops and lab-sites around the world on the teaching of reading and writing. A regular presenter at national conferences, Dan is the author of Reading Projects Reimagined: Student-Driven Conferences to Deepen Critical Thinking, which informs this webinar, as well as Practical Punctuation: Lessons in Rule Making and Rule Breaking in Elementary Writing. Dan lives in Harlem and Columbia County, New York.

Who should participate?

Teachers grades K-8, school and district administrators, literacy coaches, principals, curriculum and instructional leaders.


The cost of this Webinar Series is $199.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $189.00 per person. When signing up ten or more participants at one time, please call in advance for large group discount pricing. Tuition also includes access to the recorded webinar sessions for up to 90 days after the conclusion of the webinar series.


There is no book requirement for this webinar.


Participants will receive a series of email correspondence from Heinemann. The first email confirmation will serve as your receipt for the webinar series along with some general instructions on how to prepare your computer for the webinar. The second email confirmation will be sent approximately 2 days prior to each webinar date with a link to our webinar platform Zoom, directing you to the webinar class and giving you instructions on how to log in.

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Note: We encourage group participation, however, we require that each person be registered. For group pricing information please call 800-541-2086, ext. 1100.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

03/05/2019-04/09/2019 - Starts March 5, 2019- 4:30-5:45pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 03/05/2019 - 04/09/2019* Where: Online

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