Penny Kittle Returns To MCIU!


Planning and Implementing Book Clubs Using Culturally Responsive Texts and Strategies

Book clubs engage readers in a wide range of texts that allow for divergent thinking and learning from the perspective of others. Book clubs build community and deepen reading comprehension through discourse and writing.  In this workshop, participants will dive into planning and implementing book clubs using culturally responsive texts and teaching strategies in the intermediate and secondary classrooms. Participants will build their understanding of:  

  • Why book clubs leverage engagement and deeper learning 
  • The essential roles discourse and writing play in book clubs
  • The teacher moves and design elements of book clubs 

By the end of the workshop, participants will be ready to plan a book club unit of study for the new school year.

JUNE 2, 2021


AUG 25, 2021


Launching Your Year with Independent Reading Using Culturally Responsive Texts and Strategies

How can launching the year with independent reading build a collaborative community of learners? With over a year of unprecedented learning, participants will learn how to plan a unit of study around independent reading in order to support students in gaining back their stamina, fluency, and joy of reading and writing.

Participants will explore how to:

  • Cultivate habits of reading through in- class reading time 
  • Empower students to make choices from a wide range of genres
  • Create discussion and writing experiences in response to reading
  • Give book talks from a variety of texts and voices 
  • Use conferring as a tool for assessment, monitoring progress, and goal setting
  • Support students in developing their identity as readers 
  • Support readers to build stamina and fluency
  • Model self- monitoring and goal setting strategies 
  • Use mentor texts to increase the complexity and demands on readers and examine writer’s craft

*Participants can participate in one or both professional learning opportunities. 


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.

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