Jump Into Writing! is inspired by co-authors Lynne Dorfman’s and Stacey Shubitz’s years of teaching and coaching experience in writing workshop classrooms.
Stacey is a certified literacy specialist who has worked for the past fifteen years with writers and teachers of writers, inspiring them with the power of writing workshop. Stacey earned her MS Ed degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a master’s degree in literacy from Teachers College at Columbia University.
She began her career in education teaching fifth grade at PS 171 in East Harlem, New York, and then fourth grade at The Learning Community, a public charter school in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Stacey specializes in mentor texts, conferring, and the routines of writing workshop. Her passion is helping teachers develop a writing identity. "When I was a classroom teacher, I wanted my students to live like writers. I realized my students needed to see my writing, hear my thinking about writing, and understand my struggles as a writer if I was going to have credibility when I conferred with them,” she says. Seeing as teachers are the living, breathing authors in the room, Stacey believes teachers must sit beside students, as writers, and talk about their writing process so young writers can understand why and how craft moves are made. “Some teachers I’ve worked with don’t think they’re good writers. They’re paralyzed with fear because somewhere along the way they were made to feel afraid of writing. One of my greatest joys is helping teachers overcome their discomfort with writing so they can positively impact the lives of the children they teach by becoming a mentor author for their students.”
Stacey has three professional development books with Stenhouse Publishers, including co-authoring Welcome to Writing Workshop with her Jump Into Writing! partner, Lynne Dorfman. Stacey is also Chief of Operations and Lead Writer of the popular blog, Two Writing Teachers.
Lynne, a native of Philadelphia, has served as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, reading specialist, and staff developer in her 38 years at Upper Moreland School District. She is now co-director for the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project where she serves on the blog team, adjunct professor at Arcadia University, and works directly with teachers in classroom as an independent literacy consultant.
Lynne is passionate about writing and fostering student writers and has written extensively on the topic, with focus on mentor texts and grammar. She is a co-author of several Stenhouse publications including Grammar Matters: Lessons, Tips, and Conversations Using Mentor Texts K–6; A Closer Look: Learning More About Our Students with Formative Assessment, K–6; Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature (2017 2nd ed); Nonfiction Mentor Texts: Teaching Informational Writing Through Children’s Literature, and Poetry Mentor Texts: Making Reading and Writing Connections. Her newest book, Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model That Works, is with Jump Into Writing! co-author, Stacey Shubitz.
Watch as the authors share their personal and professional insight on what it takes to establish a thriving writing workshop with Jump Into Writing!
Writing Workshop Essentials –
Importance of the Launching Unit –
Structured NOT Scripted –
Why Write a Writing Workshop Curriculum? –
What Do You Love About Jump Into Writing!? –
How Do You Suggest Teachers Jump In? –
What Sets Jump Into Writing! Apart? –
How Can Teachers Take the Plunge? –
How Do You Create a Community of Writers? –
The Jump Into Writing! curriculum is a natural extension of the authors’ professional development book, Welcome to Writing Workshop, published by our sister company, Stenhouse. Both the curriculum and the book give educators practical, actionable advice for establishing a functioning writing workshop that speaks to all students in any classroom.
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