Heather’s areas of expertise include content area literacy, genre studies, curriculum design, and project based learning. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego and a visiting faculty member at High Tech High’s Graduate School of Education. Heather has taught history, mathematics, and English in a diverse range of high school and middle school classrooms in both Northern and Southern California. She is the author of Content Reading for Content Learning (NCTE, forthcoming), Thinking through Genre: Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops, 4-12 (Stenhouse, 2003) and Choosing to Teach: Lessons from the Lives of Effective Urban Teachers (Lambert Academic Publishing, 2009) and editor of a collected volume, Learning by Design: Projects and Practices at High Tech Middle (forthcoming). Heather earned her doctorate from the University of California, San Diego, master's degree and teaching credential from Stanford University, and bachelor's degree at Harvard University. She lives with her husband and three boys in San Diego, CA.
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- Genre studies in the reading and writing workshop
- Literacy coaching
- Struggling readers and writers
- Reading and writing in the content areas
Thinking Through Genre:
Units of Study in Reading and Writing Workshops 4–12
Apprenticeship—This workshop examines how teachers can support students’ writing development by encouraging students to apprentice themselves to publish texts and experienced writers. Strategies to support student analysis and evaluation of text structure and writing craft are demonstrated. Sample lessons illustrate how to support students as they apply newly constructed understandings to own writing.
Genre-focused Writing—These workshops focus on teaching students to craft texts in particular standards-based genres using a writing workshop approach. Workshops can focus on an individual genre or a series of workshops can be presented on a variety of genres. Focus genres include Editorial–Persuasive writing, Memoir–Personal narrative and Features Article–Expository composition.
Reading in the Genres—These workshops provide teachers with strategies to help students develop multi-faceted understanding of texts in particular genres. Can be combined with workshop on writing in the same genre. Focus genres include:
o Editorial–Questioning the text
o Memoir–Making meaningful connections to the text
o Featured article–Synthesizing expository text
o Short story–Literary analysis: Focus on characters
o Fairy tales–Literary analysis: Focus on theme
o Media Literacy–Analysis and critique of popular media