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Speaking Topics

  • Writing workshop and Writing process (K–12)
  • Planning Units of Study in writing (K–12)
  • Independent reading and reading Workshop (5–12)
  • Adolescent literacy
  • Writing notebooks and daily revision
  • Mentor text studies to increase craft knowledge (K–12)

Speaker Profile

As a professional development coordinator for the Conway, New Hampshire, School District, Penny Kittle acts as a K–12 literacy coach and directs new-teacher mentoring. In addition, she teaches writing at Conway’s Kennett High School and in the Summer Literacy Institutes at the University of New Hampshire. Penny is the author and coauthor of numerous books with Heinemann including Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers; Children Want to Write (coauthored with Thomas Newkirk); Write Beside Them: Risk, Voice, and Clarity in High School Writing; which won the 2009 James N. Britton Award from NCTE; The Greatest Catch; and Public Teaching. Penny coauthored two books with Donald H. Graves—Inside Writing; and Quick Writes. She most recently coedited (with Thomas Newkirk) Children Want to Write: Donald Graves and the Revolution in Children's Writing, a collection of Kittle's mentor Donald Graves' most significant writings, paired with recovered video-tapes that illuminate his research and his inspiring work with teachers.

Grades: K–12

2017-18 Heinemann PD Catalog-Journal
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