Small Steps Start the Journey to Writing Effectively


JeffJeff is known for his enthusiasm in making grammar, editing, and writing a positive experience for teachers and students. Teachers praise his knack for making the rigorous accessible. He has authored numerous articles and books, but is best known for his invitational approach to teaching grammar and editing with mentor texts.His articles have appeared in NCTE’s Voices from the Middle, English Journal, and ASCD’s Educational Leadership. He received NCTE’s Paul and Kate Farmer award for his article on teaching grammar in context. His books Mechanically Inclined, Everyday Editing, and Pearson Prentice Hall’s Writing Coach are used in schools and university education methods courses across the United States. A frequent presenter at national and state conferences, Jeff is a full-time staff developer and writer.His fourth book, 10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know (Stenhouse, 2011) extends his use of mentor texts and inquiry to larger forms of writing explored in the Common Core Curriculum, with an emphasis on including nonfiction mentors.

TerryTerry Thompson is an author, teacher and consultant, living in San Antonio, Texas. He trains teachers of readers and writers in grades K-8. Currently a reading interventionist, Terry has served as a classroom teacher, basic skills teacher, Reading Recovery teacher and literacy coach. He holds a master’s degree in psychotherapy and cognitive coaching and travels throughout the United States consulting with classroom teachers and literacy specialists.Terry is the author of Adventures in Graphica: Using Comics and Graphic Novels to Teach Comprehension and is currently writing his second book, Construction Zone: Building Scaffolds that Empower Readers and Writers.

GailGail has worked as a teacher, associate principal, principal and school adviser in the Waikato area. She has also worked on national projects for the Ministry of Education such as the Literacy Taskforce, Literacy Leadership, the development of the English Exemplars, the National Literacy Project and Schooling Improvement projects.She designed a week-long residential writing course for teachers, which reflected her belief that teachers need to acknowledge their own authorship if they are to be successful as teachers of writing. The course material has formed the backbone of “I’ve Got Something to Say”, Leading Young Writers to Authorship. She works as an independent consultant in schools, tutoring and coaching school leaders and teachers in the development of literacy.

Louise is an experienced teacher consultant, trainer and writer in the area of primary education in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. She was based in the UK for 10 years and led the primary literacy strategy in Hackney,London. In recent years Louise has completed a range of writing projects for New Zealand and English publishers, as well as the Department of Education in the UK. She co-wrote a phonics intervention programme for low attaining Year 7 students for the secondary national strategy – this programme is used by most secondary schools in England. Louise is the co-author of The Writing Book (a guide for teaching writing) with Sheena Cameron.

Sheena Cameron is an experienced teacher who has taught at primary, intermediate and tertiary levels. Sheena currently facilitates workshops in New Zealand and internationally and is the author of The Reading Activity Handbook, (2004), The Display and Publishing Handbook (2006), Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies (2009) and The Writing Book with Louise Dempsey, (2013).

Mary-Anne MurphyMary-Anne Murphy is a Learning Facilitator/Consultant, based in the Waikato. Her experience includes roles as a Primary Principal, Assessment Adviser, Specialist Classroom Teacher and Professional Development Co-ordinator of Literacy and Assess To Learn initiatives, school-wide Syndicate Leader with a particular emphasis on student engagement and motivation programmes, HOD English Department and e-Learning and Inquiry facilitator.

Children’s author and publisher, Sharon Holt has made te reo fun and easy for teachers all over Aotearoa through her award winning series of Te Reo Singalong books. She is an inspiring and energetic speaker who will get you moving with te reo. Sharon was the winner of the print category at the Maori Language Awards in November 2013.