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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 Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, 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.

Kathleen Tolan

Tolan, Kathleen

Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the TCRWP, performs ground-breaking work in Project schools, oversees most of the TCRWP's annual institutes, and is part of its leadership team. She mentors teacher-leaders, school administrators, and staff developers with special emphasis on upper grade reading. Kathleen is co-author of multiple titles in both the upper grade reading and writing Units of Study series, as well as of The Literary Essay: From Character to Compare/Contrast, Grade 6, in the middle school writing Units of Study series.

Mary Ehrenworth

Ehrenworth, Mary

Mary Ehrenworth, Ed.D., Deputy Director of the TCRWP, oversees the Project's work with middle school teachers, coaches, principals, and students and also takes a lead role in developing materials, ideas, and relationships with other organizations. Among other publications, Mary is the co-author of The Power of Grammar, Pathways to the Common Core, and of various titles in the Reading and Writing Units of Study series, including the middle school books, Investigative Journalism and Position Papers: Research and Argument. Mary is a frequent keynote speaker at Project events and national 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.