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Regie Routman in Residence: Transforming our Teaching Through Reading Writing Connections (online only version)

Transforming Our Teaching Through Reading/Writing Connections is one of three offerings in the Regie Routman in Residence: Transforming Our Teaching series. For overviews of the projects, including samples of video and sessions, please visit the website!


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Regie Routman's Transforming our Teaching series is designed to be help principals, coaches, and teachers replicate and apply the instructional moves, thinking, language, and ongoing assessment that lead to increased and sustainable achievement and enjoyment, across the curriculum.

Reading/Writing Connections, one of three programs in the series, includes more than a full year of professional development sessions–14 in all–that works with and augments any existing curriculum and resources. Each session includes a detailed agenda for facilitators and extensive video (typically 30 minutes per session) of Regie teaching in diverse, authentic classroom settings. In each video, Regie provides insightful voice-over observations and analysis. Teachers report that watching and discussing the videos gives them the practical knowledge and specifics of effective literacy teaching that makes application to daily teaching possible and likely.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Use reading to enhance writing and writing to enhance reading
  • Set up high-quality classroom libraries
  • Use authentic, relevant texts in the classroom, such as children's literary and informational texts, poetry, and book reviews
  • Use shared writing to encourage and honor all students’ voices and to create authentic text for writing and reading
  • Embed word work into daily reading and writing
  • Reach and teach struggling learners
  • Align best practices with the Common Core State Standards

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This online-only version of the program includes:

  • A 25-person site license for unlimited lifetime access to the Reading to Understand program resources on the Regie Routman in Residence website (password-protected)
  • More than 50 videos of Regie demonstrating her teaching techniques, complete with voice-over analysis (Windows, Mac, and iPad-compatible)
  • Complete downloadable session materials for facilitators and teachers
  • Hundreds of downloadable readings, student work samples, and handouts for participants

The online version does not include Professional Development Notebooks. The Professional Development Notebooks, which provide essential professional reading and point-by-point analysis of the video sessions, can be purchased separately. Users of the online version of Reading/Writing Connections are also encouraged to purchase one copy per person (or one copy for every two teachers) of Regie's Teaching Essentials, Writing Essentials, and Reading Essentials.

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In Transforming Our Teaching Through Reading/Writing Connections, Regie shows how to raise students' achievement in reading and writing through a model that interconnects these two literacies. The opening sessions ask teachers to articulate their beliefs and align them with their practices. Subsequent sessions show how students' literacy understandings are deepened when children's work in writing is used to enhance their reading, and vice versa.

Transforming Our Teaching Through Reading/Writing Connections includes the following professional development sessions and video segments:

Session 1: Welcome to Regie Routman in Residence

Introduces the core beliefs about teaching and learning that support this professional development program and gives an overview of the structure of the PD sessions.

Session 2: Applying an Optimal Learning Model to Your Teaching

Participants explore a three-part model for teaching and learning that makes teaching easier, more intentional, and more joyful because it scaffolds students’ independence.

Session 3: Examining Our Beliefs About Reading/Writing Connections

Participants view a video of two teachers and examine their own current beliefs about reading/writing connections with an eye to developing a consistent set of goals and practices across the grades.

Session 4: Setting Up the Classroom for Independent Readers and Writers

Participants learn how to set up excellent classroom libraries with and for students for maximum access and enjoyment as well as to begin to assess what students know about effective reading and writing.

Session 5: Reading and Writing Lots of Texts

Participants see firsthand how to maximize the daily literacy block and how teacher demonstrations, reading aloud, shared writing, and shared reading of fiction and nonfiction narrative texts efficiently and joyfully promote independent reading and writing of authentic texts.

Session 6: Reading to Writing: Creating Relevant Texts

Participants learn to use shared writing as a scaffold for writing and reading class-authored texts as well as how to use scaffolded conversations with students to support them in successfully writing and reading texts.

Session 7: Shared Writing to Reading

Participants further develop the possibilities of shared writing, learning how to set an authentic purpose for their writing, set goals for revision, and guide small-group and whole-group revision.

Session 8: Word Work: Teaching and Assessing Skills in Context

Participants learn how to teach, develop, and practice students’ word skills during read-alouds, shared reading, shared writing, and independent practice.

Session 9: Writers Become Readers Through Daily Writing

Participants learn to guide students to narrow an important topic, brainstorm a list before writing, write with elaboration and detail, revise based on feedback in public content conferences, and connect writing with reading so that both disciplines improve.

Session 10: Reading and Writing Book Reviews

Participants learn how to use book reviews to reinforce the reading/writing connection, showing students how and why book reviews are used in the world and guiding students to write and publish reviews that display their abilities to analyze and summarize.

Session 11: Reading and Writing Poetry

Participants learn how to use free-verse poetry to quickly take students through the Optimal Learning Model and the process of writing. This provides all students the benefits of demonstration, shared writing, whole-class conferring, composing, and publishing.

Session 12: Reading and Writing Nonfiction Reports

Participants learn how to teach students to write manageable reports, demonstrate how to turn notes into paragraphs, and use shared writing in small groups as a scaffold for writing focused, excellent nonfiction reports.

Session 13: Using Writing to Reach and Teach Struggling Learners

Participants learn how to raise expectations for all students, gaining strategies for turning English language learners into readers by having them publish and read their own writing, conferring with students to help them advance, and motivating all learners by habitually celebrating academic success.

Session 14: Re-Examining Our Beliefs and Celebration of Learning

Participants revisit beliefs and goals established in Session 3, discuss how their beliefs and practices have changed, and celebrate all they have learned and accomplished in the professional development year.






"My building finished the Reading/Writing Connections RRIR. The staff and I are very proud of our accomplishment. The learning the students are displaying in the halls is impressive. One teacher commented that 'this (RRIR) was the most powerful professional development I have ever taken part of."

—Matt Renwick, Principal Wisconsin Rapids Public School (Elementary)

By utilizing Regie Routman in Residence as a professional development tool for principals and teachers, and by focusing intensely on the Optimal Learning Model, our district's literacy instruction, leadership and student learning have been transformed!

—Danica Lewis, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fond du Lac WI

The elegance of Regie's work is that it has a core of simplicity that teachers instantly recognize for its authentic quality.  It gets to the meat of what students need with great economy and power.  This is always welcome, but especially compelling in times when teachers are more taxed than usual in terms of time and workload.  It is not a quick process, but there is a slow and deep transformation underway. 

—Susan Rodriguez, Principal K-5, Beaverton OR