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Reading and Writing Connections: Using what you Know about Workshop Teaching Across Reading and Writing Instruction​

Appropriate for grades K-5 educators, grades 6-8  with permission

Course Description

This course will be devoted to enhancing literacy instruction by examining student work, planning implementation of units of study, and practicing various methods of reading and writing instruction. The course will include a combination of readings, lesson planning, simulations, and analysis of video clips. Participants will be expected to apply learning in their classrooms. Content of the course will be largely based on The Units of Study for Teaching Reading and The Units of Study for Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing by Lucy Calkins and Colleagues. Instructor Beth Moore is co-author of these units.


Beth Moore, Lindy Johnson and Karen Heath

Beth Moore: Beth Moore coauthored two of the books within the series Units of Study for Teaching Reading, and the Units of Study for Teaching Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing with Lucy Calkins and Colleagues. She worked for over a decade as lead staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University. Prior to working as a staff developer and literacy coach, Beth taught first-grade and fifth-grade. She currently works as a district literacy consultant, graduate course instructor, writer, and editor. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. You can find online her each week, writing for the award-winning site Two Writing Teachers, and can follow her on Twitter @BethMooreSchool.

Lindy Johnson: Lindy Johnson has served many roles in her career in education and is currently a Literacy Coordinator in the Barre Supervisory Union. She is a trained Reading Recovery Teacher, former classroom teacher, worked for the Vermont Department of Education, and has been an adjunct faculty member at UVM for over 10 years. She earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Education from the University of Florida.

Karen Heath: Karen Heath is a seasoned educator with over 20 years of classroom experience teaching English Language Arts in grades 3-12. She currently serves as a district literacy specialist for the Barre Supervisory Union in Barre, Vermont where she oversees literacy curriculum, assessment, and instruction and collaborates daily with teachers and students. She has great interest in the idea of literacy as a vehicle for understanding science, social studies and other content areas. Karen holds a BA from Middlebury College and an M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. She was named Vermont Teacher of the Year in 2005. She teaches graduate courses and presents workshops around Vermont, specializing most recently in Literacy and the Common Core.