94th Saturday Reunion

On March 3, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project hosted our 94thSaturday Reunion. Despite a nor’easter that swept across the eastern portion of the US, over two thousand teachers, principals, and literacy leaders made their way to Teachers College to attend the day of workshops and keynotes.

Unfortunately, Daniel Beaty, the scheduled keynote speaker, was unable to get to New York because of the storm. Sarah Weeks, a beloved friend of the project and an award winning children’s and young adult author, kicked the day off with a beautiful, humor-ful, and heartfelt keynote that set the tone for this fun, uplifting, fast-paced day of learning.

The day was filled with over 100 workshops. The rooms were bursting with enthusiasm and left educators with fresh new energy and ideas to try out in their own schools. Throughout the day, as teachers crouched onto the floors of classrooms and poured into hallways of the college, a spirit of optimism and learning was felt by all.

With the readjusted schedule for the day attendees benefitted from hearing Lucy Calkins’ closing speech. Lucy reminded us that, “The power of reading and writing workshop is having teaching that is predictable, ongoing, consistent, so that we have time and space for personal interactions with kids.”