Elementary Conference

Carl AndersonDo you have elementary students who struggle with writing? This conference will feature a half-day workshop with Carl Anderson and breakout sessions on a variety of topics so that you can choose the literacy topic that will best meet your needs.

Carl Anderson is one of the nation’s leading experts on teaching writing to students in grades K-12.


• Conferring with student writers
• Assessing with student writers
• Using mentor texts to teach writing

More about the conference:

The elementary conference will take place at ESC Region 12 on Monday, October 3rd and include a half-day workshop with Carl Anderson and a half day of breakout sessions from which attendees may choose the topics that best meet their instructional needs.  Attendees will be free to go to lunch from 11:00-12:30 and return for the afternoon session.  They may also bring a lunch if they wish to remain at ESC Region 12 during this time.

More about Carl Anderson:

Carl Anderson worked for Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University as a Lead Staff Developer, providing staff development in the teaching of writing for elementary and middle school grades. He spent school days in New York City schools demonstrating effective teaching in the writing workshop and coaching teachers. He gave day-long workshops for teachers at Teachers College on launching the writing workshop, conferring with student writers, mini-lessons, and developing curriculum for the writing workshop.

As a national consultant, Carl works with schools, districts and educational organizations around the country. He is known for his keynote speeches and courses at writing institutes as well as for his presentations at national conferences.

In his book, How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, Carl leads readers through the challenging but essential terrain of learning to confer with student writers. The book includes an in-depth discussion of the teacher's role in conferences, strategies for teaching students to take an active role, ways to weave literature, mini-lessons, classroom management strategies, and responses to the most frequently asked questions about conferring. Carl also authoredAssessing Writers and the seriesStrategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward Grades 3-6.

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Primary Conference (Grades K-1)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Middle/Secondary Conference (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.