Primary Conference

Carl AndersonHow do we put our youngest readers and writers on the path to writing success? This will be a full-day workshop with Carl Anderson for primary teachers. Topics will include conferring with our youngest writers, how to assess emergent writers, and using mentor texts to teach writing.

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


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

More about the conference:

The primary conference will take place at ESC Region 12 on Tuesday, October 4th and will be a full-day workshop with Carl Anderson focusing on working with emergent writers. 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 authored Assessing Writers and the seriesStrategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward Grades 3-6.


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Elementary Conference (Grades 2-6)
Monday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Middle/Secondary Conference (Grades 6-12)
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.