“We-Do” Writing: Maximizing Practice to Develop Independent Writers

Presenter: Leah Mermelstein
Dates: January 7, January 21, February 11, February 18, March 18, 2021
Location: ZOOM
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Cost: $45/session or $200 for the series

Teaching writing in K-4 just got simpler! Using her work from her upcoming new book, Leah Mermelstein will show us how to focus instruction on the skills that matter most, and to deliver writing sessions that provide the explicit modeling and practice students need. By spending more time in the “We-Do” phase, through Interactive Writing, Write Aloud, and Writing Process, writers solidify understandings about oral and written language. The end result?  Independent, proficient writers.

Join us for a five part series, with Leah Mermelstein, author of the upcoming book: “We-Do” Writing: Maximizing Practice to Develop Independent Writers ( Benchmark Education Company – PD Essential Series, May 2021)

  • Part 1: January 7, 2021
    – What are the components of “We-Do” writing?
  • Part 2: January 21, 2021
    – A Fresh Look at the Gradual Release of Responsibility
    – Getting started with “We-Do” writing
  • Part 3: February 11, 2021
    – Book Study: A Fresh look at Interactive Writing Sessions
  • Part 4: February 18, 2021
    – Book Study A fresh look at Write Aloud Sessions
  • Part 5: March 18, 2021
    – Book Study: A Fresh look at Writing Process Sessions


Leah started her work as a literacy consultant first at The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University with Lucy Calkins before establishing her own consultancy, Read-Write-Connect, Inc. As the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, Leah works with schools, districts, educational organizations, and universities to help teachers, literacy coaches, and principals grow in their understanding of how to teach reading and writing to elementary students.  In addition to consulting with schools and institutions, Leah Mermelstein is also the author of four books. Her newest book about intentional, collaborative instruction is due out May, 2021 (Benchmark Education Company Press, PD Essentials Series).