The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is a research think tank and staff development organization housed at Teachers College, Columbia University. Led by Lucy Calkins, the Robinson Professor in Children's Literature at Teachers College, the TCRWP has been a leading force in literacy for over 30 years. By developing curriculum and performance assessments, and by working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, principals, and superintendents, the TCRWP has helped hundreds of thousands of schools to provide more rigorous and joyful reading and writing instruction. The Project works closely with schools in 23 countries, in all parts of the US, and especially in New York City. Hundreds of thousands of teachers have attended one of the seven institutes the TCRWP leads each year at Teachers College, Columbia University.
The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is deeply involved in helping schools implement the Common Core. Calkins writes in Pathways to the Common Core, the best-selling book to which these videos are a follow up, "As challenging as it must have been to write and to finesse the adoption of this document, that work is nothing compared with the work of teaching in ways that bring all students to these ambitious expectations. The Common Core State Standards have been written, but the plan for implementing them has not. The goal is clear. The pathway is not" (p. 13). These videos are an effort to help schools do that work. The TCRWP's next contribution will be a new series, Units of Study in Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing: A Common Core Curriculum, which includes a series of books for each grade, K-8, and will be released in Spring, 2013.
For more information on the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, please visit our website at: readingandwritingproject.com.