Professional Development

"...contribute what is yours to help those who come along behind you." -Jim Burke, The English Teacher's Companion

A Passion for Story

Using stories and resources from my classroom, as well as ideas from Book Love by Penny Kittle, The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller, and Upstanders by Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and Sara Ahmed, this professional development experience for teachers promotes and explains the importance of identity, diversity, choice, and challenge in an English/Language Arts classroom. 

A Reading Workshop Journey

There is an unparalleled beauty in a classroom where students are captivated by books. In this professional development opportunity, teachers will learn how to capture the interest of readers through book talks, mentor texts, writing and reading opportunities, classroom library curation, book selection, using compelling literature, and building a daily schedule that allows students time to read, write, craft, and share. 

A Writing Workshop Journey

Writing and reading are intricately connected. If we want students to be good writers, we must expect them to read and give them space and time to write. This workshop will provide educators with a glimpse into the writing workshop that takes place in my classroom. Classroom experiences, fused with professional resources, will frame the seminar. Attendees will explore these strategies and writing activities I do with my students and discuss ways they can utilize these strategies in their classroom.