Professional Development

LiveStreaming with Teacher-Scholars on Academic Reading and Writing

The WRITE Center, a national research and development center focusing on secondary writing, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences at the UCI School of Education, and the National Writing Project announce free livestreaming events that will showcase three acclaimed authors of professional books for teachers on academic reading and writing.

Jim Burke: Wednesday, June 26

9:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
Six Academic Writing Assignments: Designing the User’s Journey
Jim Burke identifies six major categories of writing assignments that help students become better writers, readers, and thinkers.

About the Author: Jim Burke (@englishcomp) is the author of numerous bestselling titles, including the English Teacher’s Companion, Fourth Edition and What’s the Big Idea? The question he’s always tried to answer is “How can we teach our students better?” He seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California where he still teaches after twenty-seven years.


Kelly Gallagher: Wednesday, July 3

9:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
180 Days: Two Teachers and the Quest to Engage and Empower Adolescents
180 Days represents the collaboration of two master teachers—Kelly Gallagher and Penny Kittle—over an entire school year: planning, teaching, and reflecting within their own and each other’s classrooms in California and New Hampshire.

About the Author: Kelly Gallagher (@KellyGToGo) teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California. He is the author of several books on adolescent literacy, most notably Readicide and Write Like This. Kelly is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach.


Carol Jago: Wednesday, July 10

9:00 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
The Book in Question: Why and How Reading is in Crisis
In The Book in Question, Carol Jago issues a call to action. Reading is in crisis. Too often, too many students are choosing not to read.

About the Author: Carol Jago (@CarolJago) has taught English in middle and high school for over 30 years and is associate director of the California Reading and Literature Project at UCLA. She served as president of the National Council of Teachers of English and chair of the College Board’s English Academic Advisory committee.

Teachers are encouraged to participate virtually and will be able to send questions electronically to a moderator. For further information, please go to www.writecenter.org.

2 Comments
  • Deborah Bright says:

    These look wonderful! Thank you! I am actually at a writing conference during the week of June 22-29 and will not be able to enjoy Jim Burke’s livestream–will it be archived somewhere for later access?
    Thank you!
    Deborah Bright

    June 6, 2019 at 8:49 am
    • Luke Hokama says:

      Thanks, Deborah. Yes, I believe they will be available to watch after they livestream.

      June 6, 2019 at 1:58 pm
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