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One-Day Workshop:
Individualize Writing Instruction by Conferring with Your Student Writers

Presented by Carl Anderson

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This workshop will help you understand key conferring concepts, as well as acquire the strategies you'll need to confer effectively with your students, and is based on Carl's books, A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences and How's It Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers.

In the morning, Carl will start with an overview of the reasons why conferring is such a powerful teaching method, and a discussion of the qualities of a good writing conference. Then you'll learn about strategies you'll need to help you navigate the first two parts of a writing conference: first, discovering what kind of work a student is trying to do as a writer, and, second, assessing and deciding what to teach the student about their writing work.

In the afternoon, you'll learn about four ways to teach students in the third and most important part of a conference: teaching the student how to do their writing work more effectively. The day will end with a discussion of how to manage conferring in your classroom, which will include a discussion about using record-keeping forms to track student progress across the school year.

Across the day, you'll watch and analyze video of Carl conferring with students in different grade levels, and you'll be reading and discussing student writing samples to help you get some practice with the kind of assessment that will help you confer powerfully with students. By the end of the workshop, you'll have learned numerous conferring strategies that you can use in your classroom the next day.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand why conferring is such an effective teaching method
  • Become familiar with key conferring concepts
  • Know the three parts of a writing conference
  • Learn strategies for helping students talk about their writing to help you discover what they're doing as writers
  • Practice assessing student writing by recognizing common writing patterns
  • Learn about four methods for teaching students in conferences

About the Presenter

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 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 series. Carl is known for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, school-based residencies, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades K-8, administrators, curriculum coordinators, writing teachers, literacy specialists, coaches, and staff developers.


8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M.


The cost of this workshop is $249.00 per person. If you register 3 or more participants at the same time the cost is $239.00 per person.

Early Bird Special!

Registrations must be received by January 21, 2020 to qualify for the early bird rate of $209 per person.

Event Photography Notification

Please note that during this workshop, photography, audio, and video recording may occur. By attending this event, you agree to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, and give permission for Heinemann to use your likeness in any promotional and/or marketing materials. If you do not wish to be photographed, filmed, and/or recorded, you must see a Heinemann facilitator or staff member to sign an opt-out form, and have your picture taken for identification purposes. Failure to do so will assume permission has been given to use your likeness in any marketing and/or promotional materials.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

02/28/2020 - Richmond, VA
03/11/2020 - Indianapolis, IN

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