The Coaching Institute on the Teaching of Writing Grades K-8

Sunday, October 20 - Wednesday, October 23 2019

Grade: K-8
Featuring: Laurie Burke, Eric Hand, Amanda Hartman, Beth Hickey, Christine Holley, Hannah Kolbo, Alicia Luick, Sarah Mann, Shanna Schwartz, Annie Taranto, Lizzie Van Tassel and Katy Wischow

Every year, the crown jewel of the TCRWP’s offerings is a series of two institutes designed to support coaches in work that is at the heart of TCRWP staff development. These institutes are intimate and intense, with most of the work occurring in schools. Advanced and first-year participants receive support in methods of staff development, their coaching practice and giving and receiving on-the-spot feedback.

This particular coaching institute supports participants to help teachers use the Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing. You’ll learn about how to best use and support teachers as they implement the Units of Study. The institute will help you to hone your demonstration teaching. You’ll learn to deliver efficient and engaging minilessons and small group lessons and to research and teach writers in one-on-one conferences. Participants will return home ready to demonstrate for and coach other teachers, support a wide spectrum of teachers, and use powerful methods of staff development to differentiate that support.

A large part of the institute will be devoted to studying student writing in order to find predictable patterns and needs and to ensure that students are progressing as writers within and across years. You’ll also learn from the presenters about ways to better understand writing process within the Units of Study and to support students’ independent decision making as writers. You’ll also learn how to help teachers provide individualized, responsive instruction to their writers.

Participants will include literacy coaches, principals, lead teachers, and literacy leaders from schools across the country and overseas. Those who join us will work in either first year or advanced sections. Advanced sections are based not on skill level, but on prior attendance at a previous coaching institute. Advanced sections will especially examine new methods of staff development that engage teachers in doing the work. The vast majority of participants will attend first year sections.

The coaching institute takes place both within New York City schools and at Teachers College.


$800/$700 NYC DOE


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY