Session 2, Workshop 8: Pump Up the Volume: How to Write Powerful Poetry in the Primary Grades… And Lots of It!, K-2

Molly Feeney Wood & Erik Lepis

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Molly Feeney Wood, an alum of Cornell and Teachers College, Columbia University, taught in the New York City Public Schools for several years where she mentored literacy specialists and participated in a variety of action research projects.  Her classroom served as a lab site for visiting teachers across the globe and attendees of The Teachers College Reading & Writing Project Institutes of the Teaching of Reading and Writing, an organization for which she also served as a presenter for various workshops.  Her masterful teaching and students’ work are featured in the Units of Study for Teaching Reading: A Curriculum for the Reading Workshop, Grades 3-5, by Lucy Calkins, of which she is also a key contributor and writer. Additionally, her classroom and teaching practices were used to develop the unit titled Bringing History to Life in the Grade 4 Units of Study for Teaching Writing.  Molly consults in school districts nationwide where she helps teachers infuse their teaching with meaning, excitement, and purpose. 


Erik Lepis taught in suburban New York where his reading and writing workshop classroom served as a visitation site for teachers across the district and across Long Island as a model for balanced literacy instruction. He shared his passion for best practices by leading professional development workshops and serving as a labsite classroom for professional development from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project of Columbia University. Erik later joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a staff developer where he worked in schools nationally, providing balanced literacy support and training, helping teachers implement reading and writing workshops in their classrooms. As a staff developer, he also served as a curriculum writer for units of study for the teaching of reading and writing, grades K–2, and a presenter at summer institutes, workshops, and regional conferences. Erik later co-founded The Living Literacy Network, a literacy consulting company that supports teachers, nationally and internationally, implementing reading and writing workshops utilizing a balanced literacy framework.  Erik holds advanced degrees in both Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership. Through his national and international consulting work, he works closely with building and district leaders to help administrators lead school-wide change and raise student achievement through the teaching of reading and writing.  He is a member of IRA, NCTE, LILAC, and ASCD.

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