• Year Levels F–8
  • Curriculum ACT, NSW, NT, QLD, SA, TAS, VIC, WA
  • Subject Literacy
  • Resource Formats Print
  • Learning Focus Professional books
  • Last Updated Jan 2020

What it is

Lucy Calkins’ professional books include insightful teaching resources that help you build confidence in the classroom. Depending on your professional development need, you can draw from materials that:

  • improve teaching and learning practices in reading and writing in the classroom
  • guide more effective, lasting, and adaptable workshop instruction.

Meet the author

Lucy Calkins

As Founding Director of the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, Lucy Calkins spearheaded the development of impactful teaching methods and empowering professional development resources. Over 30 years in the making, the Lucy Calkins Units of Study have earned a reputation as state-of-the-art resources.

What it includes

Discover how Lucy Calkins’ professional books improve teaching outcomes.

Reading and writing professional books

Teaching Writing

In Teaching Writing, Lucy Calkins shares the depth and breadth of her knowledge, from the initial research that launched some of the biggest ideas still foundational to the teaching of writing today, to her newest insights gleaned from decades of work and study in thousands of classrooms across the globe.

This is a book for readers who want an introduction to the writing workshop, and for those who’ve lived and breathed this work for decades. Although Lucy addresses the familiar topics – the writing process, conferring, kinds of writing, and writing assessment – she helps us see those topics with new eyes. She clears away the debris to show us the teeny details, and she shows us the majesty and meaning, too, in these simple yet powerful teaching acts.

Reading and writing professional books

Leading Well

In Leading Well, Lucy Calkins draws on the transformative work that she and her colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project have done in partnership with school leaders over the last thirty years. Travel to any corner of this country, inquire about the schools that are winning acclaim for their joyous and rigorous schoolwide literacy work, and you’re apt to find yourself hearing about the results of the remarkable community of practice that has taken root around reading and writing workshop instruction.

The book is for school leaders who’ve invited their teachers to join them in the exhilarating work of adopting a dynamic, rigorous, student-centred curriculum. It is for school leaders who have taken on the challenge of transforming their whole school into a place where everyone’s potential, for learning and for growth, is sky high.

Reading and writing professional books

Workshop Help Desk series

Provided in a compact format, the Workshop Help Desk series offers pocket-sized professional development. This series is ideal for teachers wondering how to:

  • tweak their workshop teaching to make it more effective and lasting
  • adapt teaching for English learners
  • teach grammar or nonfiction writing or test prep.

The Workshop Help Desk series consists of:

  • A Quick Guide to Getting Started with Units of Study, K-8
  • A Quick Guide to Reaching Struggling Writers, K-5
  • A Quick Guide to Making Your Teaching Stick, K-5
  • A Quick Guide to Teaching Persuasive Writing, K-2
  • A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time, K-2
  • A Quick Guide to Teaching Informational Writing, Grade 2
  • A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers with Units of Study
  • A Quick Guide to Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels
  • A Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers, 5-8.

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