Leadership Institute: Supporting Whole School, Whole District Reform in Literacy Grades K-8

Wednesday, October 17 - Friday, October 19, 2018

Grade: K-8
Featuring: Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Amanda Hartman, Laurie Pessah, Audra Robb, Colleen Cruz, Judith Chin, and Emily Smith

Please Note: The Leadership Institute is for Superintendents, Principals, and District Literacy Supervisors. New and returning participants are welcome.

At the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, our biggest priority is to make sure that when a district embraces the reading/writing workshop, teachers and students thrive. We know that this work can have implications that extend far beyond the teaching of reading and writing. We’ve seen the call to lead powerful workshops well help whole schools become more vibrant communities of professional practice. And we know that school leaders make the world of difference. For that reason, we’ve issued an all-hands-on-deck call, gathering all of the Project’s senior leaders together for this critical institute. Join us as we share what we have learned from supporting thousands of schools as they adopt Units of Study in Reading, Writing and Phonics. You’ll be given the chance to stand on the shoulders of this giant community of practice, benefitting from the insights, tools, rituals, and lessons that we’ve learned.

Many of you are already asking whether there will be advanced sections at this, our third annual leadership institute. The answer to this is complicated. We’ll be conveying our very latest information to you, and certainly much of that will be new. On the other hand, we’ll definitely return to some topics we’ve addressed in previous institutes. The event will also include choice sections. We’re confident that returning participants will be pleased to be attending the event yet again.

The institute will above all help school leaders to lead effective reform in the teaching of reading, writing and phonics. We’re lucky enough to work with 1500 of the most spectacular schools in the world, and we plan to share with you the ingenious ideas that we’ve seen school leaders devise. You’ll learn about the tricky balance of maintaining high expectations and making sure all children can succeed. You’ll hear about the tools, methods, traditions, and expectations that make a lasting difference. You’ll get practical help on topics such as conducting learning walks, using artifacts to assess the fidelity and potency of the reading and writing work in a building, and using school-wide assessments to drive small group instruction. There will also be small circles of conversations directed toward the specific needs of your role and district.

A major highlight of the institute will be visits to N YC schools, led by Project leadership . Y ou’ ll learn from school leaders who are doing the same work that you are doing as well: researching, imagining, problem solving, building infrastructure, and developing leaders. We’ve purposefully positioned this small, intensive institute next to the Project’s 95th Saturday Reunion—a free day of professional development with over 130 workshops, including many about school leadership. We hope you’ll extend your visit for a day so you can attend.

Join us and engage in the beautiful, difficult, exhilarating work of supporting school-wide achievement in reading and writing.


$650/$600 NYC DOE


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