Supporting Intermediate Writers

Featuring Carl Anderson

Coming to RRISD, December 12!

The Curriculum Department announces a day of professional development with Carl Anderson, one of the nation’s leading experts and consultants on teaching writing to students in grades K-12*. Teachers will gain deeper understandings as we study grades 3-7 student writing in order to inform and drive instructional decisions. Special focus will be on conferring with writers as we support children towards proficiency.

*Carl Anderson is author of: How's It Going?, Assessing Writers, and Strategic Writing Conferences.

Supporting Intermediate Writers Through Conferring and On-going Assessment Featuring Carl Anderson

Thursday, Dec. 12th, 8:30am-3:30pm

1555 University Blvd. - Texas State University Round Rock Campus - Avery Building, Teaching Theater, Room 252


The Curriculum Department invites campuses to select two teachers from each campus to attend:

Middle School

  • TWO Middle School teachers from Grades 6 and 7

Elementary School

  • ONE teacher (grades 3, 4, or 5) - Curriculum will cover sub cost and text* cost
  • ONE additional teacher (grades 3, 4, or 5) - Campus will be responsible for sub cost and (optional) text* cost

*Assessing Writers by Carl Anderson, cost $28.00


Campus Administration is ask to provide the Curriculum Department with the names and ID numbers for their two campus representative(s) that teach grades 3, 4, 5, 7 through a Google Spreadsheet no later than December 10th at 5:00 pm.

Middle School Teachers - Please click this link to access this Google Spreadsheet:

Elementary Teachers - Please click this link to access this Google Spreadsheet:

(Each campus will be responsible for one of the two sub costs so that two teachers from each campus can attend.)

The Curriculum Department will register all teachers for this event.


Please contact:

Donna Trigg, Elementary Language Arts Lead Curriculum Specialist -

Julie De Leon, Elementary Language Arts Curriculum Specialist -

Still wanting to know more about Carl Anderson?

Carl Anderson is one of the nation’s leading experts on teaching writing to students in grades K-12.

Carl was first an elementary and then a middle school teacher. He taught students of diverse backgrounds in city, rural, and suburban schools in New York City, Bardstown, Kentucky, and Northbrook, Illinois.

In 1994, Carl joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University, which was founded and is directed by Lucy Calkins. As a Project staff developer for eight years, Carl worked side-by-side with teachers in elementary and middle school classrooms in New York City and in its surrounding suburbs, showing them how to establish writing workshops for their students.

While at the Project, Carl began an intensive study of writing conferences. This study led to his first book, How's It Going? A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers (2000), and later to his second book, Assessing Writers (2004) and his series Strategic Writing Conferences: Smart Conversations that Move Young Writers Forward Grades 3-6 (2009).

Today, Carl works as a consultant in schools across the United States. He continues to spend most of his days in classrooms with teachers and students, where he concentrates on helping teachers learn to have effective writing conferences that change students’ lives as writers.