Senior Staff not only co-lead the organization, they also work with school leaders, develop curriculum, and provide staff development to mentor schools and teacher-leaders.
Lucy Calkins, Founding Director of the TCRWP, is the author or co-author of two score of books including the newly released Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Grades K-5), Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Grades K-5), Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing (Grades 6-8), written with the TCRWP community, and Pathways to the Common Core, one of the top ten New York Times best-selling educational books of 2013. Lucy is the Richard Robinson Professor of Children's Literature at Teachers College, Columbia University where she co-directs the Literacy Specialist Program.
Laurie Pessah, Senior Deputy Director of the TCRWP, is responsible for organizing staff development and shares responsibility for coaching staff developers. As a former principal and director of literacy, Laurie is deeply involved with working with school leaders. She leads K-2 staff development with Amanda Hartman. Laurie is co-author of Nonfiction Reports and Procedures in Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum, A Principal's Guide to Leadership in the Teaching of Writing, and How-To Books: Writing to Teach Others, a unit of study for Kindergarten writers.
Kathleen Tolan, Senior Deputy Director of the TCRWP, performs ground-breaking work in Project schools, oversees most of the TCRWP's annual institutes, and is part of its leadership team. She mentors teacher-leaders, school administrators, and staff developers with special emphasis on upper grade reading. Kathleen is co-author of multiple titles in both the upper grade reading and writing Units of Study series, as well as of The Literary Essay: From Character to Compare/Contrast, Grade 6, in the middle school writing Units of Study series.
Mary Ehrenworth, Ed.D., is Deputy Director of the TCRWP. Mary is author and co-author of many articles and books, including The Power of Grammar; Pathways to the Common Core; and many titles in the Units of Study in Reading and Writing. She works with schools and districts around the globe, and is a frequent keynote speaker at Project events and national and international conferences.
Amanda Hartman, Deputy Director for Primary Literacy of the TCRWP, heads up K-2 reading and writing as well as the TCRWP's coaching institutes and presents at conferences around the world. She is the co-author of various professional texts including One-to-One: The Art of Conferring with Young Writers, and of multiple titles in both the reading and writing Units of Study series, including Lessons from the Masters, Grade 2 and Learning About the World: Reading Nonfiction, Grade 1.