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

Wednesday, October 16 - Friday, October 18, 2019

Grade: K-8
Featuring: Lucy Calkins, Mary Ehrenworth, Amanda Hartman, Laurie Pessah, Emily Smith with Sonja Cherry-Paul, Colleen Cruz, Jennifer DeSutter

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

The institute will above all help school leaders to lead effective reform in the teaching of reading, writing and phonics. 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 create cross-grade conversations and curriculum alignment.

Because reading and writing are at the core of a school, it is essential that leaders at both the school and the district level are given an insider’s knowledge of the language arts curriculum. When that curriculum revolves around a reading and writing workshop, it is helpful for leaders to be brought behind the scenes at the Project. This institute is designed to do just that. Participants can expect to be part of frank, candid conversations with leaders of TCRWP and from a huge range of districts, all of which are in various stages of adopting Units of Study (including perhaps the shopping around phase), and with TCRWP leaders.

A highlight of the institute will include an opportunity to visit one of the TCRWP’s schools. That school visit will be led by one of the Project’s leaders and will include visits to k-5 or 6-8 classrooms, an opportunity to observe grade level planning meeting, and discussions with the literacy cabinet at the school. You’ll be able to select the school you hope to visit based on its demographics and longevity with TCRWP. Over the years, participants have very much valued this opportunity to learn from leaders who are doing the same work that you are doing: researching, imagining, problem solving, building infrastructure, and developing leaders.

We’ve also positioned this small, intensive institute so that you’ll be able to extend your visit by joining 3,000 others in attending the Project’s 97th Saturday Reunion, where you’ll have a chance to attend four workshops, choosing from 120+ offerings, many of which will revolve around leadership topics.

The three days will be jam packed, including job-alike conversations and small group think tanks. Join us 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