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One-Day Workshop:
Everyday Practices that Engage and Empower Readers and Writers

Presented by Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle

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Teaching is a complex act. It has been estimated that a teacher makes more than 3,000 nontrivial decisions a day. Every moment with our students matters. This, of course, leads to a simple truth known to all ELA teachers: there is simply too much to do and not enough time to do it. Given the demands of the modern day classroom, we are forced to make critical decisions.

In this one-day workshop, Penny and Kelly will share the decision-making process that drives their instruction. In doing so, they will demonstrate how they: (1) plan a year of instruction; (2) design specific units of study; and (3) plan and execute a daily lesson. What guides Penny and Kelly in their planning for young readers and writers? They believe all students should develop the reading and writing habits needed for success outside of school: in college, work, and in their personal lives.

How do we achieve these goals for our students? Let's start by reimagining the language arts classroom, and by creating classes where all students actively read, write, study, create, and share every day. We can construct classrooms where increasing reading and writing volume becomes a priority, where students are given a choice, and where teachers model and confer. This is a call for teachers to bring responsive, alive teaching into their classrooms every day, every year.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Personalize instruction in the English Language Arts classroom
  • Design classroom routines and expectations that increase confidence and skill in readers and writers
  • Deepen student engagement by balancing independent reading, book clubs, and core text instruction
  • Plan to increase student talk to build critical thinking
  • Gather tools for modeling revision to support the development of writers
  • Plan formative assessments to understand the individual needs of students

About the Presenters

Kelly Gallagher teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, where he has taught for over thirty years. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the former president of the Secondary Reading Group for the International Literacy Association. Kelly is the author of several books, including 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents (coauthored with Penny Kittle).

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.

Who Should Attend?

Classroom teachers of grades 6-12, 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.

Spring 2020 Workshop Early Bird Special!

Registrations for Spring 2020 workshops must be received 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

12/09/2019 - Charlotte, NC
02/03/2020 - Austin, TX
03/06/2020 - Tarrytown, NY

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