About Leah Mermelstein

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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


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


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.


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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The Sunshine Award

          I am so honored to have been nominated for the Sunshine Award by Renee Dinnerstein. Thanks, Renee! The Sunshine Award is a lovely way that bloggers recognize each other. Basically, it spreads Sunshine from one blog to another! The Sunshine Award was started by Matt Renwick, an elementary principal in…

Self-Directed Learning: How a typical lesson can become an avenue for getting kids to become more self-directed

            In today’s post,В  I want to share some of the work I did with the 3rd teachers at PS 230 in Brooklyn, New York.В  When I metВ  with this group of teachers we decided that we needed to do a lesson on helping kids know what to do when…

Let’s Start Sharing Ways to Help Students become More Self Directed

            I hope everybody has had a great start to their school year. I am planning on using my blog for the next few monthsВ  as a vehicle for people to share the ways in which they are helping their kids become more self-directed. Of course, I am hoping you’llВ …

Self-Directed Writers: The Third Essential Element in The Writing Workshop

  Happy New Year!В  I’m excited to announce that my new book is out!В  This book will help you create self-directed writers while still upholding a standards based classroom. I sincerely hope that my book can help you create writers who are excited, persistent, engaged and many other great words. For more information on my…

It’s the end of the school year and Ariana is 6 months old: What I have learned from both parenting and teaching

                          I plan on taking a break from blogging this summer to enjoy my sweet little girl! I hope all of you have a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation and/or fun! I will however let you know when my book comes out…

Teaching Persistence: What I Learned from Watching Ariana

            I am thrilledВ  to share the cover of my upcoming book!В  9780325048000-1 This book, which is due to come out this August,В  looks at how to create self-directed learners in the Writing Workshop:В В  As the publication dateВ  gets closer, I’ll send along more information. For now, I want to…

Taking Risks Pays Off in Both Parenting and Teaching

                          I am sharing the two pictures above because both show big risks I have recently takenВ  in my parenting. Both times, taking this risk, although nerve wracking,В  brought my parenting to a new level. The first picture is of Ariana sleeping without…

You Can’t Force Learning: But You Can Watch and Listen Carefully and Learning Will Unfold

Greetings! Ariana has learned how to sleep in her crib for 12 straight hours!!!!В  She is so very proud of herself and I am enjoying the sleep!!! I want to share the story of how it happened because itВ  pertains to both parenting and teaching. For the last four weeks, I have been putting Ariana…

Get Excited About The Small Stuff

                    I’m always imagining all the ‘big stuff’ of Ariana’s life. I can’t wait for her to start talking, walking, singing, –I was so excited for her first smile!В  As you can see,В  it is quite beautiful. But because I am soВ  excited for the big…

Three Things to Say To Children Everyday

                        My friends and colleagues at Parenting Smarts, Ellen Dillon and Norman Stiles,В  Parenting Smarts Productions recently posted a wonderful article byВ Mojo Lisa A. McCrohan that was about the three things you should say to your child or childrenВ  every day. В Things to Say…