97th Saturday Reunion
Oct. 19th, 2019 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

September 11th, 2019

For one Saturday in both the spring and the fall, the TCRWP opens its doors to thousands of educators from all over the country. Join us and keynote speaker, award-winning author Peter Reynolds, for a day of learning with colleagues from across the world. Read More ...

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Building a Reading Life, Grade 3, Unit 1 Revisions

August 16th, 2019

We are delighted to share with you a draft of the revised grade 3, unit 1, Building a Reading Life that uses Indian Shoes by Cynthia Leitich Smith as the read aloud! The author is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. More here.

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Institute to Explore Dyslexia and the K-5 Reading Workshop

August 10th, 2019

During this unique mini-institute, we will be joined by experts from The Child Mind Institute to discuss the latest research about serving students with dyslexia. Together we'll form a think tank to explore the implications for Units of Study based reading workshops. Be prepared to leave this institute with an in-depth understanding of the ways the Units of Study currently support students with dyslexia as well as additional tools and accommodations to ensure every student is a successful reader. Read More ...

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Twitter Chats!

June 19th, 2019

Wednesday evening, at 7:30pm EST, the TCRWP community of staff developers and colleagues host an hour long chat session about various topics to help teachers think about how to implement reading and writing workshops K-8.
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New Books Available

June 18th, 2019

Colleen Cruz, Director of Innovation at the TCRWP and Sonja Cherry-Paul, Senior Research Associate at the TCRWP, have new books that are available now!
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June Institutes Celebrated Authors and Speakers

June 17th, 2019

Two reasons to be excited about summer are TCRWP's world renown Reading and Writing Institutes! First year and advanced participants will be immersed in learning and processes that help them to develop richly literate reading and writing workshops in their classrooms. Read More...

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PD Offerings for Large Districts

June 16th, 2019

For the first time TCRWP offers Support for Systemic Large Scale Reform in Literacy: Building Capacity Within Large Districts. Read More...

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TCRWP Is Hiring for 2019-2020!

June 12th, 2019

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is currently looking for experienced educators who are interested in becoming staff developers for the 2019-2020 school year. More...

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Leading Well
Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing

June 11th, 2019

Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the TCRWP have done in partnership with school leaders over the last thirty years. This book is deeply research-based and principled, while also absolutely practical and real-world tested.

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Summer Institutes are Now Open!

June 1st, 2019

Applications for summer institutes are now open. to begin the application process.
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Recommended Books and Supplies for a Reading Workshop

April 20th, 2019

As a workshop teacher, one of the most critical decisions you'll make is what books to purchase for your classroom library. Whether you are just starting to develop your classroom library or looking to refresh and revise, this list contains the books that kids cannot wait to get their hands on. Read More...

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Profiles in Literacy

January 15th, 2019

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) focuses a spotlight on a selection of schools that have adopted the TCRWP curriculum and experienced a true transformation. Read More ...

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TCRWP Data Report for New York State and New York City Schools

December 7th, 2018

New York City schools affiliated with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) continued to outperform schools throughout New York on the latest edition of the English Language Arts (ELA) state test. Read More

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Winter 2018 Twitter Chats: #TCRWP

November 29th, 2018

Wednesday evening, at 730pm EST, the TCRWP community of staff developers and colleagues host an hour long chat session about various topics to help teachers think about how to implement reading and writing workshops K-8.
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Three New Books Out this Fall

November 20th, 2018

The TCRWP would like to congratulate Carl Anderson, M. Colleen Cruz, and Cornelius Minor on their new books that are out this fall!

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Jack Gantos visits the Project

October 22nd, 2018

The rain was no match for the energy and brightness of Jack Gantos on Tuesday, September 25. This Calendar Day felt different because of the young people filling the halls of Teachers College. Nearly 1,000 students from 24 schools across the tri-state area participated in the day. Read More...

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Units of Study in Phonics

October 22nd, 2018

The Units of Study in Phonics are up and running across the country! Teachers report that students are loving the new units: they're loving the songs and the movements, the partnerships and the Rug Clubs, and all tools and manipulatives they get to use. Read More...

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TCRWP's Raise Your Voice: A Writing Workshop for Young Activists

October 19th, 2018

This October, TCRWP tried something we haven't done before: running a workshop at the college... for kids! With the support of the Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Foundation, the Project invited students in grades 4-8 from our partner schools in NYC and neighboring suburbs to apply. Read More...

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From Boxes to Bins: Unpacking Classroom Libraries

October 10th, 2018

Wondering how to process your TCRWP classroom libraries as quickly and efficiently as possible? This video shows you exactly how to go from boxes to bins. Take a few minutes to watch and then you'll be all set. Read More...

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TCRWP is thrilled to announce the publication of two new Middle School Reading Units of Study books!

September 20th, 2018

TCRWP is thrilled to announce the publication of two additional books in the Middle School Reading Units of Study Series. Investigating Characterization: Author-Study Book Clubs and Literary Nonfiction are available for purchase and shipping as of September 2018. Read More...

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Join Us For A Social Justice Saturday

September 14th, 2018

How do we talk about charged issues with students in ways that empower their voices? What can we do to foster inclusive school cultures? For a third year, join us and our guest speakers to think through these important questions together. Read More...

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Back to School!

September 11th, 2018

As the 2018-19 school year begins we want to remind you of the many resources available on the TCRWP website. Read more...

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Fall 2018 Twitter Chats: #TCRWP

September 6th, 2018

Wednesday evening, at 730pm EST, the TCRWP community of staff developers and colleagues host an hour long chat session about various topics to help teachers think about how to implement reading and writing workshops K-8.
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Phonics Festival!

August 17th, 2018

A series of twitter chats to launch TCRWP's new unit of study in phonics, K-1

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2018-2019 Suggested Sequences for Units of Study

August 10th, 2018

The TCRWP is happy to share the 2018-19 suggested sequences for units of study! We hope these documents help your planning for the coming year. Read More

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Summer Institute Season Has Begun!

July 2nd, 2018

During the next several months, the TCRWP will host four week-long institutes at Teachers College. Across the four weeks, over 4800 teachers and administrators will attend both beginning and returning sections devoted to learning about reading and writing workshops and Units of Study. Read More...

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Living and Teaching Her Writerly Life: Nour Jalloul

June 18th, 2018

Recent graduate of TC's Literacy Specialist Program and TCRWP intern, Nour Jalloul, reflects on her journey as a workshop teacher. Jalloul will return to Beirut and the American Community School as a literacy coach excited to share all she's learned at TC with her school community. We wish Nour the best of luck! Read More...

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Summer Reading Recommendations from the TCRWP!

June 11th, 2018

We've compiled lists of books for readers of all ages and with all sorts of interests. You'll see below picture books and novels that will be of interest to students in grades K-8 and their teachers. You'll also see a list of adult texts the TCRWP staff is reading this summer. Read More ...

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Two Networks Come Together in Madagascar

June 6th, 2018

Working together, we hope to create professional communities, share resources and support professional development events—and perhaps someday a lab school--for the many, many teachers across Madagascar who work with very few books or teaching materials and have little, if any, training to rely on. Read more...

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Literacy Lifeboats

June 1st, 2018

As the school year begins to wind down and summer institute season begins, we want to take the opportunity to say thank you to our community, especially to all of you who showed such loving and generous support--and who donated to the TCRWP's 'Literacy Lifeboats' initiative -- to support schools in need after Hurricane Harvey. Read More...

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The TCRWP is happy to share a glimpse into the new units of study in Phonics curriculum- K-1!

May 21st, 2018

Each unit of study in phonics aligns with the reading and writing units of study. The units focus on features of phonics, high frequency words, and numerous ways to extend instruction through small groups to reinforce foundational skills. The sessions are engaging for students and easy to access for teachers. There are many opportunities for students to transfer phonics learning into their reading and writing work. There is also considerable guidance for teachers on ways to efficiently assess and adjust instruction. Read More...

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English Language Development Toolkit for Units of Study

April 30th, 2018

The TCRWP has developed an English Language Development Toolkit to be used in conjunction with Units of Study in reading and writing. We have also created a comprehensive document, for each grade level, in reading and writing, to show how units of study address the California ELD standards. Read More...

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Middle School Reading Units of Study Are Now Shipping

April 26th, 2018

The Units of Study for Teaching Reading: Middle School Grades, Introductory Bundle, as well as 3 new units, are now shipping to schools around the world. These units are designed to save teachers countless hours of planning time, and help kids meet grade-level expectations, all while building proficient, lifelong readers. Read More...

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Congratulations to Daniela Anello

April 25th, 2018

Daniela Anello, Head of School at DC Bilingual Public Charter School (DCB) in Washington DC, was featured on Nuestra Tele Noticias 24. Read More...

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Connect with the TCRWP All Summer Long!

April 25th, 2018

Summer is a great time to connect and think through new ideas for the year ahead. We hope you take advantage of the #TCRWP Twitter chats, Facebook pages and UoS groups, and the TCRWP Instagram page to advance the work in your school and classroom communities. Read More...

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Congratulations are in order!

April 24th, 2018

We would like to congratulate a number of award winning TCRWP schools for the recognition they have received nationally and in New York State. These schools have been recognized for their high level work and huge gains for the last three years. Read More

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Advice for Launching Reading, Writing, or Phonics Units of Study

April 24th, 2018

Lucy Calkins gives advice on what's most important in launching units of study in reading, writing and phonics. To read her full blog post, click here.

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The Project Welcomes Kate Montgomery Back

April 10th, 2018

The project welcomes Kate Montgomery back to the TCRWP family as the Education in Emergencies Director, Global Initiatives. Kate brings years of experience in teacher education in the United States and internationally in places such as Kenya, Thailand and most recently in the Balkan forced migration route. Read More

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The Problem With Hurrying Childhood Learning

April 1st, 2018

Read this beautiful article, by workshop teacher, Justin Minkel, from Springdale, AR.Here, Justin reminds us all of the importance of growth, process, and the joy of learning. While we may have our eyes on benchmarks and proficiency, Justin urges us to remember the importance of the paths we take, not just our destinations. Read More...

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Betty Rosa and Judith Chin Re-Elected to NYS Board of Regents

March 15th, 2018

Congratulations to Chancellor Betty Rosa and Regent Judith Chin on their re-election to another term on the NYS Board of Regents. We admire their leadership and dedication to improving statewide standards and assessments as well as by striving for greater equity for all students and families across New York State. Read More...

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94th Saturday Reunion

March 15th, 2018

On March 3, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project hosted our 94th Saturday 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. Read More...

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Coming in 2018—Phonics Units for grades K–2 from Lucy Calkins and TCRWP Colleagues

March 6th, 2018

New! Units of Study in Phonics from Lucy Calkins and her TCRWP coauthors.

Grades K–1 will be coming in late summer 2018, and grade 2 is scheduled for release in January 2019. More...

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Applications for TC Institutes Are Now Open!

February 13th, 2018

The TCRWP Summer Institute 2018 brochure is now available! We're excited about our offerings for the coming summer. Applications for TC institutes are now open. Please be sure to join our mailing list, apply early, and be patient if our site experiences delays. Read more ...

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Winter 2017-2018 Twitter Chats: #TCRWP

December 4th, 2017

Wednesday evening, at 730pm EST, the TCRWP community of staff developers and colleagues host an hour long chat session about various topics to help teachers think about how to implement reading and writing workshops K-8.
Click here to view Twitter chat schedule:

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Consortium for Policy Research in Education Evaluates TCRWP Performance Assessments

December 1st, 2017

"One of the best current examples of a literacy curriculum with an explicit grounding in ideas about progressions is provided by TCRWP." Read More

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Literacy Teachers for a Safer St. Louis

October 17th, 2017

We are a coalition of educators, standing together in support of NAACP's efforts to create a safer Missouri, including its travel advisory in the light of recent events in the city of St. Louis and the State of Missouri. We oppose the passage of SB43, a bill that NAACP says, "Will prevent individuals from protecting themselves against discrimination, harassment, and retaliation." More...

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Sheila Heen was the Keynote Speaker for TCRWP Principals

October 6th, 2017

On Wednesday, September 27, the TCRWP was delighted to welcome Sheila Heen, a lecturer at Harvard Law School, who gave a talk at the first principals conference entitled "Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well" More...

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Social Justice Saturday

September 24th, 2017

On Saturday, September 16th, six hundred educators gathered at Teachers College for the TCRWP's second Social Justice Saturday. Lucy Calkins opened the day with a solemn tone, noting that participants had convened in hopes of finding strength and solidarity with each other so that we can find ways to make stands for justice in these difficult times. More ...

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Literacy Lifeboats

September 7th, 2017

The fund is now close, Thank You for your support.

Literacy Lifeboats get books, supplies, and volunteers immediately to Texas schools hit by Hurricane Harvey! Join TCRWP in rebuilding literacy-rich classrooms.

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Mini Institutes for the 2017-18 School Year

July 6th, 2017

The TCRWP is excited to announce mini institutes for the 2017-18 school year. These institutes usually last from 3-4 days and vary in topics -- from teaching foundational skills in reading, to teaching essay writing to book clubs to phonics and beyond! Registrations for our fall 2017 institutes will begin in early July. Read more here.

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New Units of Study for Grades 3-6

July 5th, 2017

The Up the Ladder books are designed for kids in gr. 3–6 who might not have had experiences in writing workshop classrooms. The units give novice writers opportunities to engage in repeated successful practice and to move rapidly along a gradually increasing progression of challenges. Although designed to be precursors to the grade-level writing Units of Study, these units can be helpful in a variety of settings. Order here

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The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Is Hiring Middle School Staff Developers

July 1st, 2017

We seek educators who have a strong knowledge of the Units of Study in both reading and writing, and who live in NYC, Long Island, Westchester, or Connecticut. Openings are available for Grades 6-8. The staff developer position involves local, national and potentially international travel. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

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Remembering Kathleen Tolan

June 30th, 2017

It is with immeasurable sadness that I write to tell you that we have lost our beloved Kathleen Tolan. She died in her sleep on December 4, at the age of 53.
There is no loss that our organization could ever suffer that could be so deep, so devastating. Kathleen supported each of us with boundless love and intensity. Read More

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Suggested Sequence of Units for 2017-2018

May 31st, 2017

The TCRWP is eager to support districts, schools and teachers who are implementing the Units of Study curriculum. In an effort to provide resources and updates, we have assembled videos and documents for your use. Our aim is always to support curriculum and instruction that is student-centered, responsive, and assessment based. When applicable, we'll post updates about our resources and recommendations. For example, we've created suggested sequences of Units of Study for the 2017-18 school year that reflects our current thinking and new publications. We're sharing three versions of a yearlong curriculum calendar— Read More...

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Units of Study Video Orientations

May 30th, 2017

As you make plans for the coming school year, we invite you to watch—or re-watch—the TCRWP's orientation videos to Units of Study for Reading, K-5 and Units of Study for Writing, K-8. Whether you are new to the Units, new to a grade, or just wanting a refresher course before embarking on a brand new year, this collection of videos offers valuable information, answers to predictable questions, and the most important advice we can give teachers on implementing the Units of Study. Enjoy!

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92nd Saturday Reunion

March 7th, 2017

On March 19 th, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project held our 92ndSaturday Reunion. Read More...

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Teachers College Now New York Stated approved CTLE Vendor

March 2nd, 2017

Teachers College is an NYSED approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) sponsor.Effective November 2016, CTLE credits shall be granted to New York State teachers who participate in institutes, calendar days, and seminars resulting in a Certificate of Completion issued by TCRWP.A data system to meet the SED electronic record keeping requirements is under development. In the interim, please maintain a copy of your Certificate of Completion should you wish to receive CTLE credits. More details to follow in June.

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Barcelona Writing Applications Now Open

February 23rd, 2017

The TCRWP is proud to announce its first-ever writing institute in Barcelona, Spain. The writing institute is designed for K-8 educators, classroom teachers, school administrators, and literacy coaches who are committed to turning classrooms into richly literate writing workshops. Read More ...

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Summer Applications Now Open

February 22nd, 2017

TCRWP summer institute applications are now open! We're excited about our offerings for the coming summer. Please be sure to join our mailing list, to apply early, and to be patient if our site experiences delays.

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Watch the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Webinar!

February 20th, 2017

Raising the Level of Students' Reading with State-of-the-Art Classroom Libraries. Presented by Lucy Calkins and TCRWP Colleagues. Read More

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TCRWP led two leadership summit events

February 15th, 2017

On February 1 and again on February 3 and 4, the TCRWP led two leadership summit events—one for principals and superintendents of 60 schools across Western and Central Connecticut, the other for 100 principals and superintendents of TCRWP California districts. Read More...

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TCRWP 2016 Preliminary Data Report

November 29th, 2016

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University tracks student achievement and student growth in a variety of ways, including using running records to measure growth in reading levels, using performance assessments to measure students' growth in higher order text-based thinking, and using normed on-demand argument, information, and narrative writing to measure growth in writing. We also collect state testing data. This report examines state testing data. Read More...

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TCRWP Social Studies Institute

November 18th, 2016

This November, the TCRWP hosted a three day Social Studies Institute. The institute was designed for teachers of students in grades 3-8 and grew out of the success of the Content Area Institutes of past years. The institute opened with a keynote by TCRWP Associate Director of Professional Development, Emily Butler Smith on the key ideas that underlie the TCRWP's work in social studies. Read More...

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New Kindergarten Unit Coming Soon!

November 10th, 2016

We are excited to announce that Looking Closely Like Scientists, a new Units of Study book for kindergarten writers, is in the works. The unit will be co-authored by Allyse Bader, Lizzie Hetzer and Marie Mounteer. "We're looking forward to turning this unit into a book," Allyse says, "It's been a long time favorite among kindergarten teachers across the country—and it's also a unit that has undergone especially dramatic revision." Read More...

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The TCRWP Classroom Libraries Are Here!

November 10th, 2016

On Friday, October 21, Heinemann Publishers hosted a party to celebrate the arrival of the TCRWP Classroom Libraries. In honor of the occasion, one entire library—the fourth grade on-benchmark library—was displayed in all its glory, filling twenty bins, each bearing its own distinctive label. Guests at the celebration were amazed by the sheer size of the collection, and were thrilled to hear more about the genesis of the effort. Read More...

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Drew Dudley Opens 2016-17 Principals Conference Days

November 7th, 2016

At the first TCRWP Principals Conference of the year, Drew Dudley empowered over 200 principals to create cultures of leadership in their own buildings and to celebrate what he called "lollipop moments." Read More...

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Facebook Conversations and Twitter Chats: #TCRWP

September 1st, 2016

The TCRWP has been developing more online digital forums, through which schools can collaborate and share ideas about their implementation of the reading and writing Units of Study. We host weekly chats on Twitter and this year have launched three facebook pages for conversations about the Units of Study series. Read More...

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One Day Professional Development Conferences

July 27th, 2016

Beginning this September, the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project will offer a series of one-day professional development conferences to be held at locations across the country and at Teachers College. Tickets for all TCRWP one-day conferences are available online. Read More....

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Check Out Lucy and Mary's Article on School-Wide Reform in Writing

July 15th, 2016

More and more schools are realizing that the teaching of writing needs to be a priority. What does research say about the conditions that will accelerate students' growth as writers, and how can school leaders help whole schools provide those conditions to every child? Read More...

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TCRWP Classroom Libraries Now Available for Preorder!

June 14th, 2016

We're pleased to announce that Heinemann is now accepting preorders for the forthcoming TCRWP Classroom Libraries. We are excited to get these books into the hands of teachers and students everywhere, to read and enjoy all year long. The entire TCRWP staff worked tirelessly with Lucy Calkins to provide a rich variety of texts for classroom libraries. You will see that there are classroom libraries of 500-700 books, both for specific grade levels and for students who are reading below grade level benchmarks. Read More...

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New Units of Study Are Here!

June 13th, 2016

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Heinemann are proud to announce the release of four additional book-length Units of Study, each addressing an especially key topic from the If...Then… titles in the Units of Study series. These four books were written out of the tremendous feedback from teachers on their power. They are designed to help teachers dig deeper into these topics and to provide the instruction necessary to build stronger readers and writers in their classrooms. Read More ...

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Summer Institutes in the Teaching of Reading and Writing...All Summer Long

June 13th, 2016

As July turns into August, the TCRWP team is revving up for two more institutes at the College, and reflecting on several score of "homegrown institutes" we have led in states dotting the country. From Hawaii to Texas, Georgia to Maine, we been welcomed by districts both large and small. Read More ...

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The TCRWP’s 2016-2017 Suggested Sequence for Units of Study

April 13th, 2016

The TCRWP is excited to release our suggested curricular sequence for the upcoming year so that those of you from TCRWP districts outside of New York City will be able to consider aligning your calendar to ours if doing so will help you benefit from the documents we write and from conference days that support the units in this sequence. Click here to download the document.

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New Units of Study Coming Soon!

March 7th, 2016

We are excited to announce that four new Units of Study books, edited by Lucy Calkins, are in the works. The new books include two in writing—information writing for grade two and literary essay for grade five, and two in reading—word detectives for grade one and mystery for grade three. Read More...

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New Project Underway at the TCRWP

January 21st, 2016

The TCRWP is excited to announce that a classroom library project is underway Read more...

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Digital Literacy at the TCRWP

January 19th, 2016

As a part of our workshop offerings for teachers in schools that partner with the TCRWP, we've been delighted to welcome Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Kristin Ziemke, and Troy Hicks. Both teachers and TCRWP staff developers have been thinking and teaching alongside one another, aiming to determine ways to best make use of digital tools in workshop classrooms to support student growth. Read more…

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Andrew Solomon Opens Principals Conference

October 20th, 2015

Andrew Solomon brought down the house at the TCRWP's first Principals Conference. Read More

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Units of Study Conference Days

August 31st, 2015

These one-day seminars are led by Lucy Calkins and senior colleagues and are designed to help teachers learn how to use the new Units of Study for Teaching Reading or Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing to reach ambitious new global standards.

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TCRWP Launches Unit of Study Facebook Groups

August 30th, 2015

The school year is well underway and the Units of Study for Reading, K-5, and the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing, K-8, are launching reading and writing workshops across the country and the world. Read More...

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Available Now: Online Mini-Courses, “Getting Started with Units of Study in Reading”

August 13th, 2015

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project and Heinemann Publishing is excited to release a free online mini-course for each grade, Kindergarten through Grade 5, designed by Lucy Calkins, to help groups of teachers become oriented to and get started using the brand-new Units of Study in Teaching Reading series. Continue Reading

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College Essays: The Art of Telling One’s Story With Grace and Insight

August 13th, 2015

Every job interview, scholarship application, and college application essay will ask young adults to tell their story. One of the greatest gifts teachers can give young adults is the skill to tell their own story with power and grace. There is an art to this writing, and it is an art we can teach young writers. It involves the skills of blending narrative craft with essay structures, of attending to language and grammatical choices, of immersing oneself in the genre, of daring to innovate while carefully considering audience. Click here for more information

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Books of the Month

August 12th, 2015

When NYC Schools Chancellor, Carmen Farina was principal of PS 6 in Manhattan, she instituted a 'Book of the Month' program that has been adopted by many TCRWP schools over the years. These books are gifts to each classroom at the beginning of the month and are a wonderful way for schools to come together and celebrate and reinforce the importance of literacy. Read More

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A Collaboration with The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

August 10th, 2015

This July, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project hosted their second annual Institute in American History and Content Area Literacy. Click here for more information.

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NEW!! Units of Study for Teaching Reading

June 30th, 2015

School has begun and the Units of Study for Reading, K-5 are in use in reading workshops around the world! Be sure to join the TCRWP's discussion group about the Units of Study for Reading on Facebook and post your comments to Twitter #RUOS. You can post pictures, videos, comments and questions. Read more about the series here.

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Summer Institute season is here!

June 24th, 2015

Homegrown reading and writing institutes are dotting the country in school districts near and far.

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Follow us on Twitter!!

June 24th, 2015

We encourage you to follow us on Twitter @TCRWP and use the hashtag #TCRWP to track tweets, updates, and comments from educators here at the Project and around the globe! Join us for special chats across the summer, too, especially the week of August 16th and 23rd for our Reading Units of Study Twitter Festival, hosted by co-authors of the new series: Units of Study for Teaching Reading, A Workshop Curriculum, Grade-by-Grade, K-5. Click Here

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Reading Rescue™: Creating Shared Responsibility for All Our Students

June 21st, 2015

The Teachers College Reading and Writing project recently hosted the 2nd Annual Reading Rescue™ Institute. Over 200 Reading Rescue™ tutors and coordinators attended two days of workshops.

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A New Arrival

April 17th, 2015

This week Lucy wrote the final word on the final book in the new series, Units of Study in Teaching Reading. The last few books are now, in publishing language, "off the loom." The only thing that remains to be done is that page proofs are still arriving by day. We have a few days to reread each book, adding student work and making any final improvements that will make it perfect. When the last book was sent off, the Project family and Lucy especially, sent up their own imaginary fireworks.

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April 16th, 2015

The TCRWP is delighted that Judy Chin, Coordinator of Strategic Development, has been elected to New York State's Board of Regents. Judy Chin is making history as the first Asian-American on the Board of Regents in its 231 years. When Judy entered Kindergarten in New York City, she did not speak English. When interviewed by New York State Legislators, Judy said that her experiences taught her, "how challenging it must be, how frightening it must be to be a young child on the first day of school in the American school system and not able to speak a word of English."

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​Content Area Literacy Institute in Williamsburg, VA

April 15th, 2015

In addition to the four summer institutes held at Teachers College and 'Homegrown' institutes held all over the country, the TCRWP will once again partner with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for an institute dedicated to content area literacy on-site in Colonial Williamsburg. This grant-funded institute will take place from July 21-27, 2015 and is open to teachers in New York State. Scholarships are available, and the Scholarship Application deadline has been extended to by May 13, 2015.

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March 28, 2015: The TCRWP's 88th Reunion

March 30th, 2015

On Saturday, March 28 th, almost 4,500 teachers gathered at Teachers College for the 88th Saturday Reunion. This was the largest day ever—the numbers have climbed steadily over the years. Teachers, literacy coaches and administrators came from far away places—Singapore and Spain, Chile and England—and from across the United States. Patricia Polacco was the keynote speaker at Riverside Church. Even before she spoke, she was greeted with a standing ovation and many who have heard her often said they'd never heard her speak so well.

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Liftoff to Learning: Heathcote Elementary

March 25th, 2015

Liftoff to Learning: Heathcote Elementary students apply the design-thinking process and the freedom to get creative to build their own rockets in Scarsdale, NY. Using only a few basic materials and their imaginations the students gain perspective of the design (and redesign) process through trial and error, building off of their initial experiences and re-evaluating their ideas. Watch how the students jump into action, take risks and discover a new way of learning! Click here to see for yourself!

A New Year's Letter from Lucy

December 19th, 2014

As we bring 2014 to a close, I thought I'd take a moment to share some of the TCRWP's news with the community that constitutes the Project.

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Digital and Media Literacy Institute (in Paris!)

November 19th, 2014

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is pleased to announce the first Digital and Media Literacy Institute. This cutting-edge institute will share the Project's latest thinking on the intersection of technology and current media with the tried and true practices of the reading and writing workshop model. Participants will leave the institute able to not only tap the power of technology in literacy instruction, but also seamlessly integrate critical reading and writing skills.

For more information please click here.

​TCRWP Featured Speaker: Grant Wiggins

October 8th, 2014

The TCRWP welcomed renowned educator, author and reformer, Grant Wiggins, to speak to an audience of school principals and classroom teachers on the topic of transfer. Wiggins is best known for the concept of “backward design” in curriculum planning.

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Donalyn Miller Teaches Important Lessons about Fostering Lifelong Readers

October 7th, 2014

Donalyn Miller, also known as the Book Whisperer, was a keynote speaker at the TCRWP August Reading Institute. She came and spoke about the importance, the research, and the ways teachers can help students become lifelong readers. So what exactly do lifelong readers do? A few very predictable things...

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We Love Writing Camp!

September 16th, 2014

“Writing Camp, a place where words really get on paper/Writing Camp, a place where stories come out sooner or later...” This reflection from a fourth grade student was written on the last day of the August 2014 Writing Camp for elementary and middle school students, facilitated by Audra Robb of TCRWP, and planned with Chappaqua school district administrators and teachers.

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The Saudi Team at TCRWP

August 11th, 2014

Among the participants at the 2014 Writing Institute were 14 master teachers and supervisors from Saudi Arabia, who came with the mission to learn to teach writing in order to pass that knowledge on to hundreds of teachers across their country. This is a video they made of their trip.

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A Protocol for Argument Work in Read Aloud

July 24th, 2014

In Mary Ehrenworth's keynote address at the Reading Institute, she suggested working on argument during read aloud. below you will find a protocol that she presented in how to engage students in this work during reading.

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Summer Institute Season is Here!

July 8th, 2014

Summer institute season is in full swing! Now that the first two Teachers College Reading and Writing Project institutes are over, participants from across the country, and across the world, have returned home, with full hearts, full minds, and certainly full notebooks!

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TCRWP Twitter Spotlight!

June 30th, 2014

Read through the #TCRWP's Twitter Guide to learn helpful ways to improve the learning in your schools and districts! Information on the Summer Chat series, the new Middle School Units of Study in Writing Twitter Festival, and TCRWP staff handles are also available!

P.S. 54 Oscar Night!

June 23rd, 2014

New York City is certainly no stranger to red carpet events, but needless to say, when PS 54, the Magnet School for Environmental Studies in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, hosted their own black-tie affair, it was a night to remember!

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Preparing Children for the Summer Ahead

June 16th, 2014

With summer fast approaching, you are probably starting to think about ways to support your students' reading and writing development through the summer months. Many of you have read Richard Allington and Ann McGill-Franzen's article on the dangers of summer reading setback ( and know that summer can jeopardize the strides you have made across the school year, especially for your most vulnerable students.

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Parents as Writing Partners

June 9th, 2014

A look back on Mary Ehrenworth's article in Educational Leadership, "Parents as Writing Partners." Parents are eager to support their children's writing skills. Give them a tool kit that shows them how.

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Running Records -- Powerful Assessment Tools

May 19th, 2014

As teachers conduct running records, the initial goal is often to see if readers are ready to move into the next level. While using running records to track student movement and insure that students are matched to just right books is crucial to the success of any reading workshop, perhaps the most important information provided by running records is the analysis of the student’s reading process. In turn, this analysis informs the instructional plans made for a student.

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A TCRWP Day for Classroom Tech

May 12th, 2014

Across the country, classrooms are changing. In some cases, the change is gradual, while in others, it is immediate. And yet, no matter the speed with which it is happening, change is inevitable: technology is changing the way that teachers plan and teach and the ways that students learn.

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Five Easy Tips for Increasing Volume in Writing Workshop

April 23rd, 2014

When many of us picture our ideal writing workshop classrooms, we imagine students spread about, heads bent to the task, writing utensils filling page after page of writing, perhaps with some soft music playing in the background. We imagine conferring and pulling small groups in order to teach rich strategies and to give encouragement.

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A Look Back at the TCRWP Argument Institute

April 18th, 2014

In December 2013, the TCRWP hosted its first institute on argumentation. The week was kicked off at Teachers College, beginning with words from Lucy, followed by a keynote from Doug Reeves. During initial sessions, participants learned about the Project's collaboration with the Educational Testing Service (ETS). In 2012, a group of staff developers from the TCRWP, a group of researchers from CBAL – the research arm of ETS, and a cadre of K-8 New York City classroom teachers and literacy coaches began a think tank in order to explore learning progressions in argumentation and ways to strengthen the argument writing and reading of elementary and middle school students.

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Nell K. Duke, Researcher with a Heart

April 8th, 2014

"All kids have prior knowledge. The question is, does it match what they are learning in school?"

This was just one of many memorable quotes participants jotted down as Nell K. Duke spoke to principals during their January conference at Teachers College. Duke is a professor of literacy, language, and culture at the University of Michigan. She is also the author of numerous articles and books on early literacy development, reading comprehension instruction, and informational reading and writing in the primary grades. Her research often focuses on children living in poverty and issues of equity in literacy instruction. Passionate about children and about research, Duke shared many insights about what is truly important when it comes to developing children's reading and comprehension skills.

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​86th Spring Saturday Reunion

March 25th, 2014

On March 22, 2014 teachers from near and far gathered at Teachers College for the 86th TCRWP Saturday Reunion. The day began with three different keynote speakers. Shanna Schwartz, lead staff developer for the TCRWP, showed primary teachers the power of picture books and the ways that the same books could be used and reused to teach a variety of minilessons. Colleen Cruz, lead staff developer for the TCRWP, taught about the power of popular culture and provided teachers with ideas for how popular culture could be used to teach the most challenging work we tackle with students. Diane Ravitch, esteemed historian of education, gave the keynote address in Riverside Church. Frequently referring to her latest book, Reign of Error, Ravitch spoke about the need to fight for public education, against the misuse of standardized testing, and for appropriate interpretation and use of the Common Core State Standards. Throughout these keynotes, many listeners Tweeted highlights, allowing followers to track key points made by other speakers.

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Top 5 Ways to Become a Stronger Writing Teacher: A Book Study of Writing Pathways

March 3rd, 2014

Writing Pathways: Performance Assessments and Learning Progressions, K-5, by Lucy Calkins (Heinemann, 2013) has yielded insightful conversations about writing assessments and tracking student progress across the unit and year, as well as studying trends across the grade and school. This publication has also helped educators think about their own methods as writing teachers and how we can be more effective to promote the success of young writers. Here are five ways that you can study the writing in your school alongside a book study ofWriting Pathways. T

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Five Quick Things Teachers Can Do to Increase Vocabulary Awareness

January 20th, 2014

Expanding children's vocabulary is critical to their success in school and in life. There is a connection between a wider knowledge of vocabulary and increased comprehension because the more words children know the more subtleties they understand, and the more nuanced interpretations they are able to develop. Learning words requires much more than mere exposure, it requires usage in both speaking and writing. Kids love learning and using big, fancy words, so often teachers who create literacy rich classrooms that highlight vocabulary throughout the course of the day find their students' vocabulary skills increase. Below are a few ideas that teachers can put to use easily and immediately.

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TCRWP Twitter Book Chats

January 2nd, 2014

The TCRWP has established Twitter Chats every Wednesday evening from 7:30-8:30 EST.