Shubitz - author head shotStacey Shubitz is a certified literacy specialist who consults with public school districts and independent schools to support teachers with balanced literacy instruction.  She is a former classroom teacher who taught fifth grade at P.S. 171 in East Harlem, NY and fourth grade at The Learning Community in Central Falls, RI.  Additionally, Stacey has worked as an adjunct professor at Penn State – Harrisburg.

Stacey is the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse, 2010).  She’s presently writing a second book for Stenhouse, with the working title of Craft Moves: How to Use Mentor Texts in the Classroom. She has a M.A. in Literacy Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a M.S.Ed. in Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City of New York.  A Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor, Stacey presents at local, state, and national conferences and has published articles published in Instructor Magazine.  She is also on the editorial review board for The Language and Literacy Spectrum, the New York State Reading Association’s Journal.

Stacey resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and daughter.  She also blogs about literacy and parenting at Raising a Literate Human and Tweets @raisealithuman.

In 2007, Stacey co-founded Two Writing Teachers with Ruth Ayres, a widely-followed blog solely devoted to the teaching of writing.  In September 2013, when Ruth stepped away from the blog, Stacey gathered a dynamic team of co-writers and re-launched with new voices, all dedicated to maintaining the blog’s original mission.

If you’re interested in having Stacey speak at a conference or in your school district, then please contact Chandra Lowe at Stenhouse Publishers (clowe@stenhouse.com).  Chandra can provide you with more information regarding speaking engagements.  You may also e-mail Stacey directly at stacey [at] staceyshubitz [dot] com.

DSC_0563CockerilleHeinemannAnna Gratz Cockerille is an editor for Heinemann Publishing. In addition, Anna blogs, writes for journals, and consults in schools. She lives with her family in New York City.

Anna has taught in K-8 classrooms all over the world in places such as Sydney, Australia; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; and Auckland, New Zealand. Anna has been a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University (TCRWP) and an adjunct instructor for the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College. She frequently presents at TCRWP institutes, where she helps teachers and administrators learn balanced literacy and reading and writing workshop fundamentals. She also presents at national conferences, such as the National Council of Teachers of English and International Reading Association Conventions. Anna also conducts on-site staff development in schools, helping teachers hone their balanced literacy practices.
Anna recently co-wrote Bringing History to Life with Lucy Calkins, part of the 2013 series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann). She has been a researcher for Lucy Calkins, contributing especially to Pathways to the Common Core (Heinemann, 2012) and Navigating Nonfiction in the Reading Units of Study series (Heinemann, 2010). Anna is branching out into writing for children. Her article, “Different Voices”, about the Children’s Crusade in Birmingham, 1963, appears in the October 2013 issue of Appleseeds magazine. Anna can also be found blogging at AnnaGCockerille Literacy and tweeting at @AnnaGCockerille.
If you are interested in having Anna come to your school for a speaking engagement or to work with your teachers, or if you are interested in scheduling her to speak at a conference, please contact her directly at AnnaGCockerilleLiteracy [at] gmail [dot] com.

Betsy Hubbard

Betsy Hubbard is a certified early childhood educator. She received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education in 2001. Her teaching career began in Kalamazoo, MI with preschool and kindergarten students. She has continued to teach early and primary grades and is currently a K/1 looping teacher in Olivet, Michigan. She is a poetry advocate and hopes more educators will share their poetry appreciation with their students. Betsy is the creator of Chalk-A-Bration, a monthly celebration of poetry and poem illustrations using chalk. She loves music, running and blowing on dandelions. She is a wife and mother residing in Battle Creek, Michigan. Betsy can also be found at I Think in Poems, Teaching Young Writers, and on Twitter @Betsy_writes.

Beth MooreBeth Moore began her career as a first grade teacher in Orange, MA and then was a fifth grade teacher in Newtown, CT. She then spent the next ten years working as a literacy consultant for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University. This work has taken her into K-8 classrooms all over the country to support teachers and administrators with reading workshop, writing workshop, and all aspects of a balanced literacy curriculum. As part of her work, she has been a contributing author to a number of TCRWP resources, including the Running Records Assessments, the Curriculum Calendars, the Learning Progressions for Writing, and the Performance Assessments for Reading and Writing. Additionally, Beth has also has taught numerous graduate courses at Columbia University and has presented at conferences around the country. Recently, she coauthored the book How-To Writing: Writing to Teach Others, with Lucy Calkins and Laurie Pessah, one of the books in the popular series Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing. Beth holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a doctoral candidate there. Her research involves studying how young readers demonstrate reading comprehension in beginner texts. Currently, she and her family live in Jericho, VT and she continues to travel around the country, doing staff development through TCRWP.

Through the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, Beth works with teachers, kids, literacy coaches, and administrators in schools and districts across the country and around the world. If you are interested in reading workshop or writing workshop for your school or district, please contact Beth directly at BethMooreTCRWP [at] gmail [dot] com.

1200 scan 2_edited-2Dana Murphy is a Literacy Coach in Midlothian School District 143, located in the south suburbs of Chicago.  After teaching in the classroom for nearly 10 years, Dana is embracing her current role as Literacy Coach in a K-8 building.   Dana holds both a B.A. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Administration from Governors State University in Illinois.  She also serves on the board of the local chapter of the Illinois Reading Council.  Dana resides in Illinois with her husband and two daughters.

Tara in action

Tara Smith teaches sixth grade Language Arts, Writing Workshop and Social Studies at a middle school in suburban New Jersey.  Before she was a teacher, she was an editor and then a mother of three.  And before she was either of those, she was an avid reader and writer, and a devotee of history.   All of these experiences have informed and enriched both her teaching practices, as well as her writing and thinking about her teaching practices.   Tara is currently collaborating with TWT slicer and contributor Bonnie Kaplan on a multi-media documentation of  integrating the “Slice of Life” writing into writing workshop.  She also blogs about her teaching experiences at A Teaching Life.