Senior Staff

Senior Staff not only co-lead the organization, they also work with school leaders, develop curriculum, and provide staff development to mentor schools and teacher-leaders.

Lucy Calkins

Calkins, Lucy

Lucy Calkins, Founding Director of the TCRWP, is the author or co-author of two score of books including the newly released Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Grades K-5), Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Grades K-5), Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing (Grades 6-8), written with the TCRWP community, and Pathways to the Common Core, one of the top ten New York Times best-selling educational books of 2013. Lucy is the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program.

Laurie Pessah

Pessah, Laurie

Laurie Pessah, Senior Deputy Director of the TCRWP, is responsible for organizing staff development and shares responsibility for coaching staff developers. As a former principal and director of literacy, Laurie is deeply involved with working with school leaders. She leads K-2 staff development with Amanda Hartman. Laurie is co-author of Nonfiction Reports and Procedures in Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum, A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing, and How-To Books: Writing to Teach Others, a unit of study for Kindergarten writers.

Mary Ehrenworth

Ehrenworth, Mary

Mary Ehrenworth, Ed.D., is Deputy Director of the TCRWP. Mary is author and co-author of many articles and books, including The Power of Grammar; Pathways to the Common Core; and many titles in the Units of Study in Reading and Writing. She works with schools and districts around the globe, and is a frequent keynote speaker at Project events and national and international conferences.

Amanda Hartman

Hartman, Amanda

Amanda Hartman, Deputy Director for Primary Literacy of the TCRWP, heads up K-2 reading and writing as well as the TCRWP's coaching institutes and presents at conferences around the world. She is the co-author of various professional texts including One-to-One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, and of multiple titles in both the reading and writing Units of Study series, including Lessons from the Masters, Grade 2 and Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction, Grade 1.

Judith Chin

Chin, Judith

Judith Chin, Coordinator of Strategic Development, works closely with the director and senior leadership team to identify, prioritize and implement initiatives that facilitate medium and long–term growth strategies. As part of this, she develops strategic key resources by participating in national, state and city education work. Retired from New York City Department of Education after 35 years of service, Judith was a former supervising superintendent. Judith currently serves as a member of the New York State Board of Regents representing Judicial District XI - Queens.

Colleen Cruz

Cruz, Colleen

Colleen Cruz, Director of Innovation, is a writer of children's literature and of professional texts for teachers including Independent Writing, A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5, The Art of Information Writing, Grade 3, The Arc of Story, Grade 4, Writing Realistic Fiction: Symbolism, Syntax, and Truth, Grade 7, Fantasy Book Clubs: The Magic of Themes and Symbols, Grade 5, and The Unstoppable Writing Teacher.