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In Leading Well: Building Schoolwide Excellence in Reading and Writing, Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have done in partnership with school leaders over the last thirty years. This book, like the work of the TCRWP itself, is deeply research-based and principled, while also absolu ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 26th 2018 by Heinemann
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As the conversation continues around school change, Lucy Caulkins, Mary Ehrenworth and Laurie Pessah (along with their army of colleagues at TCWRP) show how a student-centered language arts curriculum looks and feels. Reading and Writing workshop gives space for rigorous, yet joyful work. It feels like learning for life, not "school work." I'm in.
This is a book that took me a while to read. I was savoring certain parts, and taking copious notes on others. There are so many great processes to put into place into a school that is embracing workshop teaching. I especially loved the ideas for "instructional rounds" and "thin slicing". Both could have great implications for enhancing students' and teachers' learning. I know I will be returning to this one again and again!