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Ignite Curiosity and Instill Confidence in Readers and Writers / A Virtual Full-Day Workshop

Presented by Penny Kittle and Linda Rief

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Date and Time

One full-day workshop from 9:30am to 4:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Friday, November 5, 2021

Please note that this virtual full-day workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


In this workshop we will share the daily practices in our middle school, high school, and freshman college classrooms—both online and in person—that keep students writing and reading for real reasons for a real audience. We will share those practices that offer our students choices, provide high-quality mentor texts, give students positive feedback, and provide time to craft their thinking.

Don Graves, author of Writing: Teachers and Children at Work and one of our mentors, often said that teachers cannot fit everything in; therefore, we must decide what we keep and what we let go of. We need to use our time to increase the volume of reading and writing and to deepen students' understandings of how texts are crafted.

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, challenge themselves as readers, and act with agency. We will demonstrate how writers tighten and clarify ideas. 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 one-on-one 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 encourage all students to persist all year as curious readers and imaginative, intentional writers. We help our students to find and develop their voices as articulate, thoughtful citizens of the world. This workshop 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 that 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 their 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. Penny's newest book, coauthored with Kelly Gallagher, is Four Essential Studies: Beliefs and Practices to Reclaim Student Agency. She is the coauthor of 180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents with Kelly Gallagher, and she 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 the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s Conference on English Leadership. She travels the world to work beside teachers and to empower young readers and writers.

For forty years, Linda Rief taught language arts to eighth graders. Currently, she is an instructor in the University of New Hampshire's Summer Literacy Institute and a national and international presenter on issues of adolescent literacy. Her publications include The Quickwrite Handbook; Read Write Teach; Inside the Writer's-Reader's Notebook; and Seeking Diversity. Linda's forthcoming book, available from Heinemann in 2022, will help teachers strengthen students' reading and writing through authentic, meaningful engagement with poetry. 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, and she was the recipient of one of two Kennedy Center Fellowships for Teachers of the Arts. Follow Linda on Twitter @LindaMRief.

Who Should Participate

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

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual full-day workshop is $125.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.


Registrants will receive multiple emails from Heinemann, including enrollment confirmation, which also serves as your tuition receipt and contains some basic instructions. If you have not received your confirmation email within 48 hours of your registration, please contact us at or 800-541-2086, ext. 1151. Approximately two days prior to the event date you will receive an email with the PD event's Zoom link and log-in instructions.

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11/05/2021 - 9:30am-4:30pm ET, Online

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