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One-Day Workshop:
Read, Write, Teach: Ignite Curiosity and Instill Confidence in Readers and Writers

Presented by Penny Kittle and Linda Rief

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Teaching is a complicated act that involves thousands of decisions daily. Don Graves, author of Writing: Teachers and Children at Work and a mentor to many of us, often said that teachers cannot fit everything in; therefore, we must decide what we keep and what we let go of. In classrooms where we often have only 45 minutes a day with our students, we use our time to increase the volume of reading and writing and to deepen students' understandings of how texts are crafted.

The design of our teaching increases engagement. We know that reading habits do not emerge by accident, but through careful and purposeful teaching. As we balance individual interests with vibrant book clubs, we help readers construct identities of power and opportunity, to challenge themselves as readers, and to act with agency in our classrooms. In this workshop, we will also demonstrate how writers tighten and clarify ideas in writing. We will show how we lead students to analyze and imitate skillful writers, and how we lead students to develop excellence in conversational skills through 1:1 conferring, small group talk, and using voice recordings and digital compositions to speak to audiences around the world.

Adolescence is a time of exploration and discovery. We should encourage our students to persist all year as curious readers and imaginative, intentional writers. We endeavor to help our students find their voices and develop those voices into articulate, thoughtful citizens of the world through inquiry, research, and everyday work in notebooks. In this workshop, we will focus on the daily decisions that ignite curiosity and instill confidence in our students.

Learning Objectives

  • Focus on guiding students to make choices in their reading lives that deepen engagement and understanding
  • Discover how keeping Writer-Reader Notebooks will lead students to deeper understandings as readers and to the development of ideas for writing
  • Analyze mentor texts which inspire inquiry and imitation in the study of writing
  • Formulate teaching strategies that help writers think creatively about organization and structure
  • Understand how building scaffolds in our teaching will help all students succeed

About the Presenters

Penny Kittle teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for over thirty years. She is the coauthor of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award. She also coauthored two books with her mentor, Don Graves, and coedited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Graves' work, Children Want to Write. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the 2015 Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE's Conference on English Leadership. She regularly works beside teachers to empower young readers and writers.

Linda Rief teaches eighth graders at Oyster River Middle School in Durham, NH, and is an instructor in the University of New Hampshire's Summer Literacy Institute. Her latest publications include The Quickwrite Handbook; Read Write Teach; and Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook. A recipient of NCTE's Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Educator in the English Language Arts, her classroom was featured in the series "Making Meaning in Literature", produced by Maryland Public Television for Annenberg/CPB. For three years, she chaired the first Early Adolescence English/Language Arts Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She remains in the classroom, always rethinking the challenges and choices she offers her students.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades 5-12, literacy coaches, reading and language arts specialists, curriculum coordinators and administrators.


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.

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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

03/31/2020 - Macon, GA

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Availability: Available When: 03/31/2020 Where:
Marriott Macon City Center
240 Colliseum Dr.
Macon, GA 31217

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