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Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Consulting AuthorHarvey "Smokey" Daniels, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

  • Content-area reading and writing
  • Teaching with inquiry: Structures and strategies for a curiosity-driven curriculum
  • Best Practice and the Common Core: Bringing standards to life in the classroom
  • Literature circles 2.0: New structures for student-led reading discussions
  • Teaching the social skills of classroom collaboration: Practical steps to friendliness, support, and responsibility
  • Texts and lessons for fiction and nonfiction
  • Teaching with images

Speaker Profile

Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban public school teacher, a university professor, a classroom consultant, a writer, and a book editor. He is the author or co-author of 20 books (and associated videos) on literacy, language, literature, and school change. His co-authors include Stephanie Harvey, Steven Zemelman, Nancy Steineke, Sara Ahmed, and Marilyn Bizar. All of Smokey's work aims to bring the joy of learning to schools — making classrooms places of curiosity, engagement, collaboration, knowledge-building, caring, and taking action for social justice.

Smokey's newest title is The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry. The book arose from his four-year partnership with a set of K-6 schools that had committed to build their instruction around students' curiosity, interests, and choices. The remarkable lessons developed by teachers in these schools yielded a 10-step model that helps teachers to get started with inquiry.

When he is not researching and writing, Smokey serves as a guest teacher and coach in classrooms around North America. To support schools and teachers, he offers workshops, long-term consultancies, multi-day national institutes, conference sessions, classroom demonstration lessons, webinars, literacy coach training, and administrator events. He has carried on this work in 44 states and seven provinces of Canada.

Connect with Smokey @smokeylit.

Grades: K–12