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Lucy M Calkins

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A. in Liberal Arts, Williams College; M.A. and Certification in the Teaching of Reading, University of Hartford; Ph.D. in English Education, New York University.
Dissertation published as Lessons from a Child, 1983.

Scholarly Interests

Teaching of reading and writing. Staff development and school reform.

Selected Publications

Pathways to the Common Core (Heinemann)

Units of Study for Teaching Reading, Grades 3-5, with TCRWP colleagues (Heinemann)

A Quick Guide to Teaching Second-Grade Writers with Units of Study (Heinemann)

A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing, with Laurie Pessah (Heinemann)

Units of Study for Teaching Writing Grades 3-5 (Heinemann).

One to One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers (Heinemann).

Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum

The Art of Teaching Reading (Allyn & Bacon). 

The Art of Teaching Writing (Heinemann).

Lessons From a Child (Heinemann).

A Teacher's Guide to Standardized Reading Tests: Knowledge is Power (Heinemann).

Raising Lifelong Learners: A Parent's Guide (Perseus).

Living Between the Lines (Heinemann).

C&T 4132: Language and teaching in the primary reading/writing classroom

Professors Calkins, Siegel, and Souto-Manning. Permission required. Examines principles of literacy learning in young children and introduces theories, practices, and materials for teaching reading/writing in primary grades in diverse settings.

C&T 4133: Learning and teaching in the intermediate reading/writing classroom

Permission required. Examines strategies for teaching, organizing, and assessing reading, writing, and speaking in intermediate grades.

C&T 4900: Research and independent study: Curriculum and teaching

Masters degree students undertake research and independent study under the direction of a faculty member.

C&T 6400: Internship program in curriculum research

Permission required. Firsthand experience in a center where curriculum research is in progress.

C&T 6900: Directed research and theory development in curriculum and teaching

Permission required.

C&T 8900: Dissertation advisement in curriculum and teaching

Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate for each term. For requirements, see section in catalog on Continuous Registration for Ed.D. degree.

Centers and Projects

Reading and Writing Project

The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project is a staff development organization that works in intimate and long-lasting ways with communities of educators in the New York City metropolitan area and also provides more limited assistance to educators in schools from all over the United States. Currently the Project serves over 100 schools.
For two decades, the Project has supported educators establishing reading and writing workshops in which teachers act as mentors and coaches to children. Project staff and teachers become co-researchers, observing what children do in writing and reading, theorizing about what their behaviors mean, and planning teaching moves to help them learn. To nurture this school-based work, Project staff meet at the College with educators from Project-schools: Each week over 100 teachers gather in study groups focusing on becoming teacher-leaders in workshop teaching, and each month over 100 principals gather focusing on the problems, challenges, and opportunities of being a school leader in literacy education.
The Project's school-based consulting, study groups, and think-tanks are complemented by an array of other professional education opportunities at the College. Throughout the year, thousands of teachers attend sixty full-day Project-run conferences providing information and insight about how to structure and sustain high quality literacy education. Every summer, three thousand teachers attend one of several week-long Project Institutes which include keynote addresses, small groups study, and interactive discussion groups.
The Project was founded and is directed by Lucy McCormick Calkins, Professor of Education.

Lucy M Calkins appeared in the following articles:

State of the College 2013 (10/29/2013)

Lucy M. Calkins (10/27/2013)

Putting Standards to the Test (6/26/2013)

Responding to Sandy's Devastation (6/26/2013)

Taking Student Health to Scale (12/7/2012)

Seeking Shelter from the Storm (11/19/2012)

Reading, Writing and Relief (11/12/2012)

WNYC and SchoolBook: Brooklyn Teacher and Principal Like TC's Reading & Writing Project (6/1/2012)

Trusting in Wild Things: Lucy Calkins recalls that the late children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak was "unafraid to put real books in kids' hands" (5/14/2012)

The Thinking Profession (4/13/2012)

TC's Lucy Calkins Calls NYC's Study of Core Knowledge Literacy Program "Problematic" (3/12/2012)

A Group of TC Faculty Condemns the Release of Teacher Evaluations Based on Student Test Scores (3/8/2012)

Bidding Farewell to a Capital Guy (5/12/2011)

TC Reading & Writing Project's 80th Saturday Reunion (5/12/2011)

Employee News (2/11/2011)

Staffing News (12/17/2010)

2010-11: The Year of Research at TC (11/17/2010)

The State of the College: It's the Year of Research at TC (10/26/2010)

Reunion in Islamabad (8/12/2010)

A Letter From the President (4/1/2010)

Reading, Writing and Reuniting (1/11/2010)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (8/6/2009)

Student Profile, Hareem Khan, Ed.M., Curriculum and Teaching, (6/22/2009)

Educational Equity at the Village Level (4/28/2009)

Class Turns Pupils Into Writers (1/15/2009)

Connecting the Dots at TC (1/15/2009)

Debating the Future of U.S. Education (1/15/2009)

Bottling the Magic (12/23/2008)

Plot Twist: The Newbery May Dampen Kids' Reading (12/16/2008)

Different Schools of Thought (10/24/2008)

Sobol v. Sobol (10/10/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/26/2007)

Coastside Literacy Program Goes National (2/23/2007)

Doing Good Research that Makes an Impact (2/2/2007)

A Celebration of Ideas and Values (1/22/2007)

Teachers College to Inaugurate Susan Fuhrman as Its Tenth President on January 31st, 2007 (12/14/2006)

P. S., these books are sick! Queens parents riled over raunchy sixth-grade lit (12/7/2006)

Schools to cut back reading program (12/5/2006)

In With the New (10/27/2006)

Assigned Books Often Are a Few Sizes Too Big (10/24/2006)

Struggling Readers (10/1/2006)

Tactics for What They Teach (9/20/2006)

The Levine Years at Teachers College (9/20/2006)

Learn to Read With Feeling (5/14/2006)

20 Superstars of Education (2/27/2006)

Sharing Tools, Building Castles (11/22/2005 3:32:21 PM)

TC Education Zone Partnership Unites College’s Collaborations with City Schools (6/9/2005)

A Campaign for Equity: Around the City (5/27/2005)

Framing America's Wilderness (3/9/2005)

Students Now Have Freedom of Choice When It Comes to Reading (10/27/2004)

Giving Students Voice in Parent-Teacher Dialogues (10/7/2004)

2003 at Teachers College (8/31/2004)

Reading should be FUN-damental (6/15/2004)

Honorific (6/1/2004)

Book Drive for NYC Students (3/30/2004)

Calkins Named to Robinson Chair in Children's Literature (2/24/2004)

The Pay-Offs of Organization (10/9/2003)

Jennifer Jones (9/8/2003)

The Case of the Missing Books (7/21/2003)

TC Reading & Writing Project Included in Simsbury Grant (6/20/2003)

Panel Calls for Writing Revolution in Schools (5/5/2003)

A Dissenting Voice: Diane Ravitch Talks About NYC's Newest School Reforms (2/1/2003)

U.S. Accused of Pushing Commercial Products in Phonics Education (11/19/2002 11:01:16 AM)

Working to Make Equity in Education a Reality (10/1/2002)

Do Your Homework! (9/19/2002)

Word is Out on How Schools Can Get Funding for Reading (9/8/2002)

Continuing to Repair the World (8/28/2002)

Calkins on The Mayor's Library Project (9/1/2001)

Youths can learn reading from everyday life (7/20/2001)

Magsaysay Boxley Scholars Say Thank You TC (1/1/2001)

The Many Costs of Extending School Year (8/23/2000)

Teaching Kids to Write, Not Just Fill in the Bubbles (5/26/2000)

Educators Gather to Discuss Teaching Techniques at 56th Saturday Reunion (5/1/2000)

Partners in Pressing for Reforms in Education (4/1/2000)

Schoonmaker and Steiner-Khamsi are Awarded the 2000-2001 TC Faculty Research Fellowships (4/1/2000)

New Literacy Standards (6/3/1999)

Required Reading Lists (5/26/1999)

Reading & Writing Project Celebrates 50th Saturday (5/13/1998)