Penny Kittle teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for 34 years. She is the co-author of 180 Days with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them. She is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership. Penny speaks to teachers about empowering students through independence in literacy. She believes intentional teaching in a reading and writing workshop brings the greatest student investment and learning in a classroom.