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Conferring with Student Writers . . . Online or Onsite! / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Carl Anderson

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 10:00am to 11:30am Eastern Time (ET).

  • Saturday, February 6, 2021

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


In this 90-minute virtual mini-workshop, Carl Anderson will show you how to have daily one-on-one writing conferences with your students, whether you're conferring with them in your classroom or online. You will learn how conferences can help you discover and assess what students are trying to do as writers, and then teach them what they need to learn about the writing process and the qualities of writing.

During this mini-workshop, you'll watch and analyze video of Carl conferring with students in different grade levels, and you'll read and discuss student writing samples to help you get some practice with the kind of assessment that will help you confer powerfully with students.

Also, Carl will give you tips for how to confer effectively on online platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet and how to use these platforms’ tools to make all the important conferring moves.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand why conferring is such an effective teaching method
  • Become familiar with key conferring concepts
  • Know the three parts of a writing conference and strategies for navigating each of them successfully
  • Know how to confer with students in person and online

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 the new A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences; the best-selling How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers; Assessing Writers; as well as Strategic Writing Conferences. Carl is known for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, school-based residencies, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl.

Who Should Participate

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

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend A Teacher's Guide to Writing Conferences.


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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Note: We encourage group participation; however, we require that each person be registered and provide a unique email address.

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Upcoming Dates & Locations

02/06/2021 - Eastern Time, ET

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