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Teacher to Teacher 2014

July 24, 2014

Last Updated on by Jane Higgins

IMG_7419On April 5, 2014, the New York City Writing Project hosted its 16th Annual Teacher to Teacher Conference at Lehman College.  This all-day event boasted over 30 teacher-created and teacher-presented workshops focused around the teaching of reading and writing.  Workshops addressed the needs of teachers in a variety of settings, content areas and grade-levels while often concentrating on additional components of education including but not limited to collaborative learning, use of technology in the classroom and open-space learning, arts-integration, the Common Core Standards and the particular challenges of teaching in an urban environment.  This year’s keynote speaker was author Justin Torres (We The Animals ), who was recently listed as one of the National Book Association’s 5-under-35.  The Teacher to Teacher conference is always a highlight of the NYCWP’s year.


Here are some additional photos from the day:

The following workshops were offered at the 2014 Teacher To Teacher Conference:

  • The Power of Memoir: Writing the “I” Into the ELA Curriculum – HS (Andrew Ahn; Marcus McArthur)
  • Youth Voices – MS/HS (Paul Alison)
  • Text-Based Debate, CCSS-Style, Where Fun Masks Rigor – ES/MS/HS (Loretta Brady)
  • Global Citizenship Education and Common Core – ES/MS/HS (Richard Capozzi)
  • One Question, Multiple Entry Points – MS/HS (Ayette Carrasco; Jamie Selip-Dyasi)
  • Generating Through Emulating: Mentor Texts as Muse Along the Journey of Writing – ES/MS (Tricia Clarke)
  • Interactive Activities to Engage Readers – ES/MS/HS (Theresa Devore)
  • Using Superheroes in the Classroom – ES/MS/HS (Jason Fischedick)
  • Social Action Picture Books – ES/MS/HS (Denise Galang)
  • Hands-On Writing Toolbox! – HS (Georgia Giannikouris)
  • Youth Communication: Engaging Struggling Teens with Non-Fiction Text to Promote
  • Literacy and Social and Emotional Learning – ES/MS/HS (Keith Hefner, Founder and Executive Director; Elizabeth Johnson, Education Director)
  • The Power of Conversation: Strengthening Critical Reading and Writing Skills through the Harkness Method – MS/HS (Vanessa Kabash)
  • Forming Questions from Readings: Student-Made Study Guides – MS/HS (Christopher Kelly)
  • Low-Stakes and Content Area Writing in the Primary Grades – ES (Danielle Kramer)
  • Writing in the Digital Age – MS/HS (Scott Larsen)
  • Watercolors Through History – ES/MS (Marina Lombardo)
  • Higher Order Discussions: Expanding Students’ Roles in Literature Circles – ES/MS/HS (Kevin Marquez)
  • Paraphrasing Across the Curriculum – HS (Jennifer Martin)
  • Talk Used to Share Knowledge: Accountable Talk in the HS Science Classroom – HS (Pamela Meyer)
  • A Writer’s Survival Guide – MS/HS (Ann Neary)
  • Making History Come Alive: A Case for Simulations in the SS Classroom – MS/HS (Thomas Ng)
  • 25 Recent Picture Books You MUST Have In Your Classroom Library – ES/MS/HS (Jennifer Ochoa)
  • Don’t Wait: Poetry All Year – ES (Catlin Preston)
  • Book Club Discussion Maps – ES/MS (Valerie Sawicki)
  • Revision – MS/HS (Elizabeth Schurman)
  • Beginning at the End – ES/MS/HS (lisa schaffner)
  • Keeping It Creative – MS/HS (Molly Sherman; Priscilla Thomas)
  • Individualized Modifications for Emergent Bilinguals – HS (Keri Twente)
  • The Creativity Core – HS (Daniel Weinstein)
  • The Monologue Project – MS/HS (Zara Zuckerman)

Teacher to Teacher 2015 will take place at Lehman College on March 28, 2015. Please save the date for this wonderful event!