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PLC Series: Uncovering Student Writers

Welcome to a new year of content and conversation in Heinemann's PLC Series. This month we focus on the craft of teaching writers—not the writing.

Take a moment to look around your classroom. You might see pencils on the floor, journals sticking out of desks, and baskets full of notebooks or papers. Now look more closely. Chances are writing is hiding there, words and ideas tucked into the inconspicuous corners of the room.

When you nurture a classroom of writers within a workshop model, you have the opportunity to uncover this hidden writing – writing that students would like to bring to life and can, with a little time and a gentle nudge.

In this clip from a Heinemann PD webinar, educator and author Lisa Eickholdt shares an example of this kind of writing. After you watch the clip, think about this discovery from the young writer in her classroom and consider: What conditions were in place for this student to put the pencil to the page in this way?


Looking for more PD on this topic?

Online: Click here to find out about the webinars planned for 2017 with Lindsey Moses, Lisa Eickholdt & Patty Vitale-Reilly, and more!

Off-Site: Which authors are coming to your area for one day workshops? Click here to browse the list by region, author, or state.

On-Site: Take a look at school-based seminars, and consulting authors and speakers available to you by clicking here.


Lisa Eickholdt (@LisaEickholdt) has 23 years of experience in the classroom as a primary grades teacher, a Title I teacher, a Reading Recovery teacher, an interventionist, and a literacy coach. Currently, Lisa is an Assistant Professor of Literacy Education at Georgia Gwinnett College and works as a literacy consultant in classrooms nationwide. Her recent book, Learning from Classmates: Using Students' Writing as Mentor Texts, celebrates student writing and promotes student engagement.


The Best of the 2016 PLC Series

2016 was rich with content, conversation, and camaraderie in our Professional Learning Community blog series!  Thousands of educators like you pushed your thinking through reading, sharing, and discussing the videos, articles, book chapters, and more. No doubt students all over the country and even all over the world have received the benefits of your dedication to professional learning.

Let's take a look at some of the most popular posts of 2016!

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PLC Series: New Beginnings for Writers

PD PLC_Email_Banner_640x220_White_FIN.jpgWelcome back to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month we celebrate new beginnings for teachers and learners across the country.

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What do you see when you look at student writing?

In this clip from a recent webinar, author and educator Lisa Eickholdt nudges us to think carefully about how we initially respond to student writing. It is so easy to see errors, messy handwriting, and misspellings that we often miss the beauty and potential that lies beneath.

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Digital Learning Day: Leveraging Student Writing

eickholdt-coverToday is “Digital Learning Day” a day focused on utilizing technology to help a student learn. You can learn more about Digital Learning Day from their site here: http://www.digitallearningday.org/

Lisa Eickholdt, author of Learning from Classmates, together with Patty Vitale-Reilly, author of Engaging Every Learner,  are strong advocates for engaging students through voice and choice. From using students as writing mentors to advocating for student choice in using technology tools that engage them, Lisa and Patty enthusiastically share strategies to engage elementary student readers and writers in the classroom.

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of October 25–31


Boil that nightshade, gather the newt eyes: it's Halloween weekend. What is your favorite part about Halloween? Mine is spooky surf music. Here are some links!

These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Your Heinemann Link Round-Up for the Week of August 16–22


Welcome to this week's link round-up. Each week we find around five interesting reads for you to take into the weekend. These links are interviews with educators, posts from our authors' and friends' blogs, and any interesting, newsworthy item from the past seven days. Check back each week for a new round of finds!

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Kristi Mraz on how to change the world:

We, as people, make so much of the world with our minds. We fill in the blanks with stories and suppositions, we interpret with the facts we have, and we make sense of senseless things so that we can go on living. But how many times are we wrong? How many times are our stories linking events false? How many times do we not have enough facts to make the interpretations we do? How many times have we made sense of something, that was in fact, just senseless?

Read the full text of "How to Change the World" on Kinderconfidential

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NPR's education section ran a feature on the changing design of schools:

"Because of the baby boomers, lots of schools were built in the 1950s and 1960s," he says. "Those are coming to the end of their shelf life. And since the 1960s, education has changed so much, both in the way we approach it and the way we participate in it. Learning has changed but facilities haven't. That's where we come in."

Read "A Design Firm Rethinks Learning Spaces"

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Kari Yates asks teachers to commit to what REALLY MATTERS:

Let’s remember that our decision to become an educator is not a just a choice made long ago; it is a choice made over and over every single time we cross the threshold of the schoolhouse. Let’s do whatever we are able to live up to the respect this great profession deserves. Yes, this year let’s remember we’re here by choice.

Click here to read "This Year Let's Just Do It!"

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Author Lisa Eickholdt is participating in two of Dr. Mary Howard's #G2Great Twitter chats next month. Be sure to follow @LisaEickholdt, @DrMaryHoward, and the hashtag #G2Great.

Lisa's chats will occur on September 3 and September 10.

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Finally here's a video from Kathy Collins:

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That's it! Be sure to check back next week for another round of links. If you have a link or a blog, be sure to mention them in the comments below. You can also email them to us or tweet at us. We're pretty available over here. Cheers to your weekend!

*Photo by Frantzou Fleurine