Welcome to Read – Write – Connect, Inc.

the Internet home of Leah Mermelstein.

Best Writing consultant 002 copyLeah is an internationally recognized literacy consultant who specializes in K-5 Reading and Writing Workshop. She is the President and CEO of Read-Write-Connect, INC. She is also the author of Reading/​​Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom, (Allyn & Bacon), Don’t Forget to Share (Heinemann) and the co-author of Launching the Writing Workshop (with Lucy Calkins) (Heinemann).


Selected Works

DVD

Quality Writing Instruction
This brand new DVD will assist teachers with high quality writing instruction.

Non-fiction

Don’t Forget to Share: The Crucial Last Step in the Writing Workshop
This brand new book will show you how to make your share sessions more instructional.

Nonfiction

Reading/Writing Connections in the K-2 Classroom: Find the Clarity and Then Blur the Lines
This book demonstrates how through careful, explicit assessing, planning, and teaching every student can understand and use the reading/writing connection to become stronger readers and writers at the same time.

Units of Study for Primary Writing: A Yearlong Curriculum: Launching the Writing Workshop
This book shows teachers how to launch a joyful and rigorous Writing Workshop in their classrooms.

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536 Grand Street, Ste. 501,
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Category Archives: Conferences

5 Ways to Make Your Minilessons Stickier

When my daughter, Ariana, turned 3, we started talking about family chores. Initially, her understanding was surface level, but this year, her list of chores has grown and our conversations have deepened. She is usually pretty excited about her chores (I know…I know she is only 4!) and understands the ways in which chores help…

When Self-Direction Isn’t Working: A Honest Look At The Bumps in the Road

I’ve been meaning to blog for the last few months, but truthfully I couldn’t.  I am in the midst of a difficult time with my daughter.  There’s been a bump in the road. Things looks like they are getting better, but we are not there yet. My determined, strong willed daughter decided four months ago…

Back to blogging and back to school

As August comes to a close, I am getting excited for a new year filled with teaching and blogging! Last year was a challenging one for me.  The politics and the stress that I felt in the schools made me sad.  Whenever I sat down to write a blog, I felt as if I had…

Happy New Year!

          It’s been a long time! I hope everyone has had a great start to the year. Although I have been busy this summer keeping up with an active toddler, I have not stopped thinking about the relationship between parenting and teaching. Here are a few thoughts that I hope will…

Teaching and Parenting Through the Eyes of a Child

                                            Marie Clay, one of my reading heroes, once said that in order to teach effectively you have to look at and reflect upon every teaching/learning encounter  not through your own eyes, but through…

Teaching and Living with Persistence and Resilience: How I coped the week I had head lice, a flat tire and food poisoning all the while being 5 months pregnant

In my last blog, I listed the qualities of self-directed writers.  They were: Self-directed writers are independent first, interdependent second Self-directed writers are confident Self-directed writers are risk takers Self-directed writers are engaged Self-directed writers are excited  Self-directed writers are persistent Self-directed writers are resilient  Self-directed writers are resourceful Self-directed writers are resourceful Self-directed writers…

Teaching Kids to Be Self-Directed During Writing Conferences

For those of you who have been reading my past blogs, you know I have recently been focusing many of them on ways to get kids to become more self-directed.  I’ve settled for now on the word self-directed (Thanks, Jen if you are reading this!)  I just think it’s more rigorous than simply saying I…

Some Rough Draft Thinking about the Independent Phase of Writing Workshop

Over the past few months, I’ve dedicated my blog to ideas for helping kids become more independent during Writing Workshop. As I’ve written these blogs, I’ve struggled a bit with the word independence because I’m not sure it’s exactly the right word to describe what I am aiming for. The truth is, I don’t want…

Independent Writers

When I speak to teachers, coaches and principals, they always say that one of the biggest obstacles to a successful Writing Workshop is creating independent writers. I’m not talking here about just getting kids to do things by themselves, but rather getting kids to make wise decisions on their own that lift the level of…

Independent Writers

Creating independent writers is essential! There are many things that kids need to be able to do in order to work independently during Writing Workshop, but below are two that are especially important at the start of the year. They are: 1. Kids need to be able to make wise decisions that help them do…