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Unstoppable Teaching: Thriving as a Teacher of Writing

Presented By M. Colleen Cruz

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Webinar Dates:

Three, 75-minute webinar sessions from 6:00pm–7:15pm Eastern Standard Time.

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018
  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
  • Wednesday, May 2, 2018

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


In this interactive series, Colleen Cruz will demonstrate ways to energize your writing instruction and positively impact your students' experience as writers. Using books, media, student work samples, and guided exercises, Colleen will provide participants examples and experiences to support your growth in order to thrive as teachers of writing.

Participants will explore the habits that teachers of writing can weave into their lives to not only energize their own writing life, but to collect models, resources, and teaching points to use the next day. Colleen will also share her honest ideas and advice for creating community to support writing, prioritizing time for writing, and strengthening the ability to communicate these priorities to colleagues and families.

While this series is designed to complement the work of Colleen's book The Unstoppable Writing Teacher: Real Strategies for the Real Classroom, it is certainly appropriate for participants who are familiar with the title and those who have not yet read it.

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

Session 1: How will creating space for my own writing improve my teaching of writing and my classroom's workshop?

In this session, Colleen will start by discussing research that connects teacher writing and demonstration to student growth in writing. From there Colleen will address common obstacles that get in the way of teachers working on their own writing, such as time, audience and depth of writing knowledge. She will then lead participants through developing their own writing projects that they can carry forward outside this session while also offering additional teaching opportunities.

Session 2: How do I find time and resources?

So many teachers know exactly what we could do to reach each of our students if we only had all the time and resources we need. In this session, Colleen will discuss the way this belief affects our teaching, even when we do have what we need. She will guide participants through reflections to help them develop priorities and goals for resources and time usage, as well as practical steps for getting more of both. Participants will leave the session with a revamped vision of what a school day could look like, as well as ideas for getting more resources immediately.

Session 3: What can I do to find support for this work, personally and professionally?

Placing an emphasis on the teaching of writing, and doing this by prioritizing student agency and independence, can sometimes leave a teacher feeling isolated or misunderstood. Sometimes these feelings stem from colleagues, and sometimes from our students' families. In this session, Colleen will explore why and how this isolation happens and what we can do about it. She will discuss ways to build authentic professional support systems and learning opportunities, starting with the participants in this webinar. She will then move into sharing a plethora of ideas for helping to explain writing instruction to more families, ways to help families support their writers, and to use that strengthened bond and understanding to exponentially increase student growth.


In addition to being the author of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, M. Colleen Cruz is the author of several other titles for teachers, including Independent Writing and A Quick Guide to Helping Struggling Writers, as well as the author of the young adult novel Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award Finalist. Colleen was a classroom teacher in general education and inclusive settings before joining the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she is Director of Innovation. Colleen presently supports schools, teachers and their students nationally and internationally as a literacy consultant.

Who should participate?

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


The cost of this Webinar Series is $169.00 per person. If you register a group of three to nine people at the same time there is a discounted rate of $159.00 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; however, it is highly recommended that participants have a copy of The Unstoppable Writing Teacher. If you do not own a copy you may purchase one online: The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.


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

03/14/2018-05/02/2018 - Starts March 14, 2018- 6:00-7:15pm EST

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Availability: Available When: 03/14/2018 - 05/02/2018* Where: Online

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