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Speaking Topics

  • Supporting emergent reading and writing
  • Writing workshop and the writing process
  • Charts and tools for independence
  • Engaging young children in playful literacy

Speaker Profile

Kristine Mraz is coauthor—with Marjorie Martinelli—of Smarter Charts and the new Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies. Their popular blog chartchums keeps teachers in touch with ongoing and relevant classroom issues and ways to use charts as a support. Chartchums is also on Facebook and on Twitter @chartchums! While in schools as consultants with the Reading and Writing Project, the teachers they've worked with have begged them to write a how-to book about the amazing charts they introduce to consulting classrooms. Smarter Charts was that guide, and Smarter Charts for Math, Science, and Social Studies extends that work across the teaching day.

As a staff developer for the Reading and Writing Project, Kristi works with primary teachers across New York City and the United States, and in schools as distant as Taiwan. In addition to providing in-classroom support around the teaching of reading and writing, she has presented at conferences and institutes across the nation. Before joining the Project, Kristine was a classroom teacher in Boston, Washington DC, and New York City. She has taught across the primary grades and holds a special place in her heart for engaging in social action with young students. When she is not working alongside adults and children, Kristine is reading and doodling.

Listen to an interview with Marjorie and Kristi, the Chartchums, on Education Talk Radio.

Grades: K–5

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