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Spotlight Phonics and Phonological Awareness in a Joyful, Developmentally Rich Writing Workshop

Wednesday, May 3, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

A young boy looks up at the viewer. He is sitting at a desk, holding a pencil.

Presented by Natalie Louis, Senior Lead Staff Developer, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project; Kristi Guinness, Staff Developer, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project; and Dr. Lucy Calkins, Founding Director, Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

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Every minute of your writing workshop can do double duty—supporting both kids’ writing development and their growth as readers. Learn ways you can deliberately support skills such as phonemic awareness, phonics, and the development of sight vocabulary while you meanwhile rally kids to put their lives and their ideas onto the page. Vowel charts, one-minute pauses for spell checks, and the habit of clapping out multisyllabic words can help youngsters write so others can read their writing.

This edWebinar shows you ways to bring the Science of Reading into your writing instruction in practical ways that you can use immediately. View this session to learn about:

  • Studying students’ writing to understand their phonics development and to plan next steps
  • Helping kids develop the tools and habits to draw on their phonics knowledge as they write
  • Transferable high-leverage small groups that will accelerate kids’ command of phonics skills
  • Songs, games, conversations, and partner work that can reinforce phonemic awareness—especially segmenting and blending of phonemes—in playful, innovative ways
  • The power of shared and interactive writing to encourage transfer from isolation to connected text

This recorded edWebinar is of interest to K-5 teachers and school and district leaders.

Natalie LouisAbout the Presenters

Natalie Louis is a Senior Lead Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Natalie has been a lead researcher in TCRWP’s work with phonics instruction and Science of Reading. She brings years of classroom experience and staff development in thousands of classrooms, as well as humor and common sense to all of her work. She has been instrumental in supporting educators to teach more phonics with grace and expertise. Natalie has also supported teachers in grades 3-8 in understanding the phonics needs of their students, and in innovating ways to incorporate this knowledge into curricula and instruction. Natalie is a co-author and thought partner of many texts in the K-2 reading, writing, and phonics units of study.

Kristi Guinness

Kristi Guinness is a Staff Developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Kristi’s video work across the pandemic showed educators that virtual learning can be joyous and engaging. Many teachers will especially know her videos with high-frequency words and K-2 reading. She is also a co-author of the first-grade unit, Building Good Reading Habits. In her work as a staff developer, Kristi enjoys supporting schools as they take on new curricula and, most importantly, helping all students in becoming strong and passionate readers and writers. Before coming to TCRWP, Kristi taught both primary and upper grades in New York City. She holds an MA in curriculum and teaching from Teachers College.

Lucy Calkins

Dr. Lucy Calkins founded TCRWP and has led the organization since its inception. Her early research, supported by the National Institute of Education and shared with Donald Graves, has been credited with creating a revolution in the teaching of writing. Methods of teaching she developed and popularized—including minilessons and units of study—are now part of the DNA of teachers across the globe. The organization she leads, TCRWP, has always been a think tank, drawing together researchers, speakers, and practitioners to rethink literacy education. She is the author or co-author of over 60 books, including Teaching Writing, Leading Well, and the Units of Study in Phonics, Units of Study in Reading, and Units of Study in Writing. Dr. Calkins is the Richard Robinson Professor of Children’s Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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