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We host events virtually and in-person across the world. Join us to study methods and plan curricula, revitalize our thinking, and most importantly, learn how to encourage our students to lead meaningful and active literate lives. Events feature celebrated authors, world-renowned staff developers, and other key leaders in the field of literacy and learning.

February
type icon Conference Day February 27, 2024 EdWebinar: Practical Potent Help for Writing About Reading—Including Writing Extended Responses on High-Stakes Tests
In this edWebinar, Dr. Lucy Calkins, one of the world’s foremost teachers of writing, will equip you to bring your kids along a logical cross-grade progression of instruction on writing literary essays so that you equip all your students...
type icon Series February 28, 2024 Supper Club with Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye is a poet, editor, songwriter, and novelist whose work is known to lend a fresh perspective to ordinary events, people, and objects. Naomi is the author of many poems, chapbooks, and books including Come With Me: Poems for a Journey, A Maze Me: Poems for Girls, Tattooed Feet, and Eye-to-Eye. She has received many awards, including the Ivan Sandrof Award for Lifetime Achievement from the National Book Critics Circle, the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, and many others. As a children’s writer, Naomi is acclaimed for her sensitivity and cultural awareness. She is a professor of creative writing at Texas State University.

About the Supper Club Series: Gather with us every Wednesday evening over a glass of wine (or seltzer!) to learn from a renowned educational leader. At each Supper Club, Lucy and another colleague from the Reading and Writing Project will engage in a candid informal conversation with an influential leader, while a few hundred of us respond and question and muse in a lively chat box.

Educators who participated in Supper Club in previous years will tell you that they have been important in ways that are beyond anyone's imagination. The response to Supper Club has been like nothing we have ever done. People stop us on the virtual corner all the time to tell us how these conversations have literally opened their eyes, their thinking, to whole new lines of thought.
See the full list of speakers here.

Date: Wednesday evening across the 2023-2024 school year

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Cost: $100 for a subscription to the entire Supper Club Series, $30 for Spring semester only

Payment: You may pay by credit card or purchase order. Purchase orders for this conference can be made out to: Reading and Writing Project Network LLC, P.O. Box 26561, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

March
type icon Series March 6, 2024 Supper Club with Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell

Irene Fountas is the Marie M. Clay Endowed Chair for Early Literacy and Reading Recovery at Lesley University and director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative in the Graduate School of Education. Fountas’ transformative, collective and comprehensive literacy work includes a cohesive classroom literacy system for grades PreK–6 (Fountas & Pinnell Classroom), an intervention system for grades K–12 (Leveled Literacy Intervention), an assessment system (Benchmark Assessment System for grades K–8 and Sistema de evaluación de la lectura for grades K–3). She is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award and the International Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award.

Gay Su Pinnell is Professor Emerita in the School of Teaching and Learning at The Ohio State University and a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. She has written over 20 books and publications including The Fountas &

Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems, Sing a Song of Poetry, When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works, and Help America Read. She is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Diane Lapp & James Flood Professional Collaborator Award, the International Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris Award for research in reading difficulties, the Ohio Governor’s Award, and many others. Pinnell’s transformative, collective and comprehensive literacy work includes a cohesive classroom literacy system for grades PreK–6, an intervention system for grades K–12, an assessment system, an extensive professional book base, and professional learning opportunities.

About the Supper Club Series: Gather with us every Wednesday evening over a glass of wine (or seltzer!) to learn from a renowned educational leader. At each Supper Club, Lucy and another colleague from the Reading and Writing Project will engage in a candid informal conversation with an influential leader, while a few hundred of us respond and question and muse in a lively chat box.

Educators who participated in Supper Club in previous years will tell you that they have been important in ways that are beyond anyone's imagination. The response to Supper Club has been like nothing we have ever done. People stop us on the virtual corner all the time to tell us how these conversations have literally opened their eyes, their thinking, to whole new lines of thought.
See the full list of speakers here.

Date: Wednesday evening across the 2023-2024 school year

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Cost: $100 for a subscription to the entire Supper Club Series, $30 for Spring semester only

Payment: You may pay by credit card or purchase order. Purchase orders for this conference can be made out to: Reading and Writing Project Network LLC, P.O. Box 26561, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

type icon Conference Day March 7, 2024 March Heinemann Office Hours Featuring Units of Study
Receive help and advice from Units of Study author and series editor, Lucy Calkins, and her colleagues on the first Thursday of every month.
type icon Series March 13, 2024 Supper Club with Mitchel Resnick

Mitchel Resnick is the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies and activities to engage people in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops the Scratch programming software and online community, the world’s leading coding platform for kids. Resnick co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers, where youth from low- income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. Mitchel is author of the book Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play, which won the PROSE award for Education Practice. He was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education, the AACE EdMedia Pioneer Award, and the “Making IT Happen” Award from ISTE, and the LEGO Prize.

About the Supper Club Series: Gather with us every Wednesday evening over a glass of wine (or seltzer!) to learn from a renowned educational leader. At each Supper Club, Lucy and another colleague from the Reading and Writing Project will engage in a candid informal conversation with an influential leader, while a few hundred of us respond and question and muse in a lively chat box.

Educators who participated in Supper Club in previous years will tell you that they have been important in ways that are beyond anyone's imagination. The response to Supper Club has been like nothing we have ever done. People stop us on the virtual corner all the time to tell us how these conversations have literally opened their eyes, their thinking, to whole new lines of thought.
See the full list of speakers here.

Date: Wednesday evening across the 2023-2024 school year

Time: 6:30-7:30 PM EST

Location: Virtual

Cost: $100 for a subscription to the entire Supper Club Series, $30 for Spring semester only

Payment: You may pay by credit card or purchase order. Purchase orders for this conference can be made out to: Reading and Writing Project Network LLC, P.O. Box 26561, Prescott Valley, AZ 86312.

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