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Mrs. Suann DeWitt was the 2016 Growing Teachers grant recipient at Columbia University Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project summer institute in New York City.  Mrs. DeWitt attended the week-long conference learning about implementing the Lucy Calkin’s Reading Units of Study and ways to turn classrooms into richly literate environments.  She met and collaborated with teachers throughout the world during the five days of training.  Mrs. DeWitt was fortunate to receive training from Samantha Barrett and Shanna Schwartz.  They have co-authored several reading units on best practices in reading workshop, the role of assessment-based reading instruction to support student growth, and implementing instruction that increases comprehension skills.  She also attended sessions led by author Matt de la Pena who shared his struggles in reading and recalled the teachers who supported him in becoming an avid reader and writer.  Mrs. DeWitt is excited to share her knowledge and support teachers in utilizing the Reading Units of Study.  

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