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Lucy M. Calkins is Robinson Professor in Children's Literature and Director of the Literacy Specialist Program in Teachers College's Department of Curriculum and Teaching. She also is the Founding Director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Calkins is the internationally acclaimed author of Pathways to the Common CoreThe Art of Teaching ReadingThe Art of Teaching Writing, and Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent's Guide. The mission of the Reading and Writing Project is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. The Project accomplishes this goal through research, curriculum development, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, principals and superintendents. The organization has a deep and long lasting affiliation with over six hundred schools, including an extensive involvement in New York City's education system and work in hundreds of districts, including whole cities such as Chicago, Albany and Seattle and in local schools in Israel, Sweden, Jordan and elsewhere. 

TC also maintains a Reading Specialist Program in its Department of Health and Behavior Studies. The program is grounded in applied educational psychology that provides experience in working with child, adolescent, and adult learners.

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Premiered on 10/27/2013

About the Series

In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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