Contact me to share your needs and explore potential entry points for our work together. The services below provide a glimpse of what is possible, but all services are customized to provide a just-right fit for each organization and the students it serves.
Writing Workshop Redesign with Making in Mind
This one day workshop is ideal for writing teachers who work with primary, intermediate, or middle level students. Participants will leave with new understandings about the connections between design thinking, making, and writing and a bunch of new strategies to help them begin their own workshop redesign with making in mind. They’ll also receive a copy of my book, Make Writing. This session will be held on site at the WNY Young Writers’ Studio in Kenmore, New York. For more information or to register, visit the event page.
My keynote addresses are an inspiring call to action for teachers, administrators, and parents who understand that reading and writing are power and that every young person must be commissioned to use their words to make a real difference in their communities. Listeners will recognize themselves, the students they love, and the ones who scare them most in the stories that I share. Most importantly, you’ll return to your school, home, and community with a new awareness of why some learners struggle and what we can do to help them.
Workshops typically unfold over a three hour to three day time period. I’ve presented on a wide variety of research based practices, and I’ve also introduced audiences to the ideas, strategies, and tools found in my book, Make Writing. Workshops are input sessions intended to build each teacher’s awareness and ability to implement specific instructional approaches. Teachers are coached to maintain a reflective stance throughout each session, and they are taught to document their findings as classroom implementation begins. Best practices often require the pursuit of subsequent next practices. Those who participate in my workshops are invited to connect with me and a network of other educators who can support their efforts long after face to face sessions end.
Whether you require a curriculum audit, fresh eyes on a strategic plan, feedback on a lesson or unit, or someone to brainstorm or problem solve with, I provide short and long term consulting support to teachers, administrators, and community leaders.
Curriculum and Assessment Design
I have extensive experience in designing and facilitating the design of high quality curriculum and assessment tools. Whether your team is considering how making and writing influence either of these endeavors or how to approach Common Core alignment and assessment in creative and healthy ways, consider sharing your organization’s history and needs with me, and I will work with you to craft and execute a viable plan.
Instructional Coaching and Lesson Study
While event-based workshops offer prime capacity building potential, change is best facilitated through job-embedded initiatives. I’ve served as an instructional coach in dozens of schools over the last decade, relying on a powerful lesson study model that is carefully adapted to setting, context, and needs. I also coach instructional coaches and support those who mentor new teachers.