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20 Superstars of Education

Best known for helping bring reading and writing workshops to schools, districts, and cities, Lucy Calkins is a professor of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, and author of many books including The Art of Teaching Writing and The Art of Teaching Reading.

Her philosophy: "We need to invite and equip kids to participate in the rigorous work that readers and writers across the world do," says Calkins. "I hope we can lift the level of instruction for everyone and provide the best literature and riches to students."

Her advice to you: "Teachers underestimate their power. As a profession they need to speak out," says Calkins. "For too long we've worked in isolation. We need to collaborate and we need to plan and reflect together. Bring down the walls that divide us as we form more communities."

This article, written by Caralee Adams, appeared in the February 26, 2006 publication of Scholastic Instructor.

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