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Lisa Eickholdt is a teacher, author, speaker, and consultant. She currently works as a middle school literacy coach. Throughout her career, she has taught students from kindergarten through college in various capacities including as an elementary teacher, interventionist, Reading Recovery teacher, and literacy professor. Lisa is the author ofLearning from Classmates: Using Students’ Writing as Mentor Texts(Heinemann, 2015). She co-wroteWriting Clubs: Fostering Choice, Collaboration, and Community in the Writing Classroom(Stenhouse, 2021) with Patty Vitale-Reilly, and is the co-author of the children’s book,Night Before Christmas at the Zoo(Chronicle Books, 2023) with Lola M. Schaefer.
After working for years as kindergarten and first-grade teacher, Lisa jumped at the chance to train as a Reading Recovery teacher. This training paved the way for her to earn a master’s degree and Ph.D. in literacy education from Georgia State University in Atlanta. After becoming a Reading Recovery Teacher, Lisa spent many years supporting students as an interventionist and supporting teachers as a literacy coach.
Lisa’s work with students and teachers at all levels makes her uniquely qualified to lead professional developments at the school, district, and county levels. A popular speaker, Lisa is known for her engaging and practical presentations offering educators ideas that they can take into their classrooms the next day along with thought provoking work that can be implemented over time.
Originally from Michigan, Lisa now lives in Georgia with her husband and son. She enjoys spending time with family, reading, and decorating. As service to her community and the field, Lisa co-founded the nonprofit Nerd Camp Georgia in 2017. She continues to promote and support this free annual literacy conference. Follow Lisa on Twitter at @LisaEickholdt
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Ask teachers about their biggest challenges in elementary and middle school, and many will say the teaching of writing. It is often difficult for students find the joy, discovery, and satisfaction writing can yield. What Lisa Eickholdt and Patricia Vitale-Reilly have found is that adherence to genre studies can get in the way of student collaboration. Believing writing instruction should be more authentic, they want students to have more choices, develop better collaboration, and sustain a sense of community, all through the implementation of writing clubs.
In their book Writing Clubs: Fostering Choice, Collaboration, and Community in the Writing Classroom, you'll discover ways to:
Collaborate throughout the process of writing
Choose what to write and how to write it
Examine mentor texts and study craft techniques across genres
Develop speaking and listening skills
Celebrate classmates’ accomplishments through publication
Collaboration is widely recognized as a vital life skill. Eickholdt and Vitale-Reilly present a plethora of ideas on how gratifying it can be right now, as well as in the future. There’s an old proverb that says, ‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others.’ In Writing Clubs, we discover that there is no limit to how far young writers can go when teachers show them what it means to collaborate.
Mathematizing Children’s Literature
Sparking Connections, Joy, and Wonder Through Read-Alouds and Discussion