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Virtual Writing Institute 2021

Take on workshop next year with renewed confidence.
For educators, K–8

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This past school year has been all of these things and has worn many of us down.

Even though you recognize the power of reading or writing workshop, maybe you decided to leave it on the shelf this past year. And you planned to revisit it during a “normal year,” and your only focus this year was to not let kids fall behind.

Next year though, you want to be ready to take it on — confidently and with enthusiasm and excitement.

You’ve had time to pivot and adjust, and now it’s time to go all-in with your workshop.

We’re here to help you hit the ground running in the fall with your workshop.

Imagine beginning the next school year with all the tools you need to start your workshop.


Excited and inspired, you’re ready to lead students confidently.

Even better, when you see the joy on kids’ faces when they’re reading, writing, and excitedly sharing their work, you feel deeply satisfied.

And more than simply having more fun in the classroom, you’ll feel fully prepared to dive into anti-bias and anti-racism work and lead your class in these important conversations.

This is why you became a teacher in the first place.

The reading and writing institutes are live, online sessions to help you become confident in reading and writing workshop. 

You'll hear from education leaders and authors who will inspire you and give you tools to help you take intentional actions toward equity and justice in the classroom.

You'll learn how to get started or go deeper into your anti-bias or anti-racist journey.

Choose the level that’s right for you — beginning, advanced, or leadership.

Here’s a little more about what you’ll learn inside each Institute:

Writing Institute - June 21 – 24

Featuring Guest Keynote Speakers

Sara Ahmed
Carla Espana 

Luz Yadira Herrera
Cornelius Minor

Julia E. Torres

You'll learn...


  • Launch a writing workshop that fosters a love of writing.

  • Build routines and structures that promote independence and engagement.

  • Integrate components of balanced literacy to promote skills transfer.

  • Implement the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Units of study.


  • Connecting the components of balanced literacy to writing workshop.

  • Building more independent & thoughtful writers.

  • A close look at word study and how to create transfer in writing.

  • Study and experience shared reading, shared/interactive writing and how to thread it across your curriculum.

  • Explore the power of read- aloud and how it mentors writers.

Inspiring Keynote Sessions

Carla España, Ph.D., is an instructor and fieldwork advisor in the Bilingual and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education. Dr. España’s teaching journey began in Harlem, New York with bilingual sixth graders and continues with teaching language arts in a middle-grade summer program. Her teaching and writing live at the intersection of critical literacies, children’s literature, and bilingual education. She is the co-founder of and co-author of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students with Dr. Luz Yadira Herrera. Find her on Twitter @ProfesoraEspana.

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices — specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine. He has partnered with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, The New York City Department of Education, The International Literacy Association, Scholastic, and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Out of Print, a documentary featuring Cornelius made its way around the film festival circuit, and he has been a featured speaker at conferences all over the world.

Julia E. Torres is a nationally recognized veteran language arts teacher-librarian in Denver, Colorado. Julia facilitates teacher development workshops rooted in the areas of anti-racist education, equity and access in literacy and librarianship, and education as a practice of liberation. Julia's work has been featured on NPR, AlJazeera’s The Stream, PBS Education, KQED’s MindShift, Rethinking Schools, Learning for Justice Magazine, and many more. She is a current Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award committee member, a member of the ALAN board of directors, and a co-founder of DisruptTexts.

Luz Yadira Herrera, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of teacher education in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development at California State University, Fresno. She has over fifteen years of experience in the education of emergent bilinguals in both mainstream and bilingual settings. Dr. Herrera's teaching and research are in culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogy, translanguaging, critical pedagogies, and bilingual education policy. She is the co-founder of and co-author of En Comunidad: Lessons for Centering the Voices and Experiences of Bilingual Latinx Students with Dr. Carla España. Find her on Twitter @Dra_LuzYadira.

Sara K. Ahmed currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Integration and 5th-grade advisor at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. She has taught and coached in city, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students consider their own identities and see the humanity in others. When she is not in the classroom or meeting with teachers, you can find her coaching cross country, soccer, or basketball. 

She is also the author of Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and coauthor with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry


(all times are based on PT zone)







Break/Transition to Sessions


Session #1 (with 15 minute break) 




Session #2 (with 15 minute break) 

We're on our mission to help kids become stronger readers and develop a love of reading, books, and writing early on.
Ready to join us?

Excellent! We’re excited to go on this journey with you! Select your workshop below or attend both!


Register before April 1st for maximum savings.

If you have any questions about the institutes or the level you should join, get in touch – we’re happy to help!

Writing Institute

June 21 – 24