Our classrooms are communities of readers and writers, mathematicians and scientists, artists and thinkers. We come together in the fall as a diverse group of learners and spend a year growing, discovering, exploring and redefining ourselves. This is exciting work we do! Without a strong community, it is nearly impossible to effectively teach literacy. So how do we make sure our classroom communities inspire, empower, motivate and support all learners - while teaching the important curriculum and standards that are required?
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Katie Keier has been a classroom teacher and literacy specialist in grades K-8 for twenty-four years. She is currently a kindergarten teacher in an urban Title I school. A National Board Certified Teacher in the area of literacy, Katie has a Reading Specialist certificate and a master’s degree in Literacy Studies. She has participated in Literacy Collaborative for three years and is trained in Leveled Literacy Intervention. Katie also participated in the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) program for five years and continues to do ongoing professional development with this great program. Katie is an adjunct faculty member for American University (teaching the following courses: Play and Learning, Children’s Literature: A Critical Literacy Approach, Literacy Instruction and Assessment, and Literacy Through Technology, Media and the Arts) and conducts staff development workshops and interactive webinars.