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Who We Are

The Reading & Writing Project at Mossflower was created out of the pioneering work that Lucy Calkins began over forty years ago when she joined the faculty of Teachers College at Columbia University.

Inspired by her research, she developed innovative curricula and methods that transformed the way children learned to write, adapting the collegiate and professional-level “writing workshop” model for elementary-age students. For decades since, she has worked with schools and educators to help students become what she always knew them to be: proficient and enthusiastic writers, readers, and thinkers.

Today, the Project remains deeply rooted in this experience, while also holding true to this a spirit of innovation and continuous learning. At RWP at Mossflower, Lucy Calkins and her team of experienced educators author the Units of Study in Reading, Writing, and Phonics for grades K through 8, and several series of engaging decodable texts. More than authors of curriculum, at its core, the Project is a community of practice, a think tank, and a professional development organization dedicated to transforming the way students learn to read, write, and think. This work is ever-evolving, and the Project is consistently reflecting on the work it does, learning from the latest research in the field of education and from the research our team does every day in schools and classrooms across the world.

What We Do

The Reading & Writing Project at Mossflower provides state-of-the-art professional development services to K-8 educators worldwide on reading, writing, and phonics. We offer on-site and virtual professional development, working directly with teachers, literacy coaches, school principals, and district leaders, aiming to tailor our work to the needs of each individual school and its students. We host study groups, conference days, and multi-day institutes.

We also create a plethora of resources and curricula for K-8 educators, including the New York Times best-seller, Pathways to the Common Core, and most recently the new decodable book series for children, Jump Rope Readers. Units of Study in K-2 Reading and Writing have recently been released and Units of Study in 3-5 Writing will be out in mid 2024. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with educators and have a constant cycle of feedback among teachers, schools, and RWP at Mossflower.

The nature of our work is that it is continually evolving to meet the needs of all students. All feedback helps us to grow stronger and more able to best serve educators and the needs of all students.

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How You Can Learn With Us
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There are many avenues for studying with us through our professional development services and events. Often a school or district partnership begins with a single day of professional development–these are usually called Quick Start Days–or with teachers attending a one-day conference or a summer institute and returning home, full of hopes for a more personalized and site-based involvement.

Many schools choose to partner with us for ongoing, site-based staff development, working with a team of staff developers across the year and attending our monthly flagship leadership conferences. Educators often attend conference days, institutes, or other events on their own or with a group. To name a few of our favorites, on Wednesday evenings, several hundred educators participate in an event called Supper Club in which we hold informal, intimate exchanges with great literacy leaders worldwide. Lucy Calkins also leads Heinemann Office Hours featuring the Units of Study on the first Thursday of every month. Educators learn from the curriculum, Units of Study, as it is designed to not only support children, but to also support those who work with children. There is an active Facebook community of educators helping each other to implement the Units of Study.

No matter how you choose to learn, we welcome you into our community of practice with open arms.