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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Leah Mermelstein
536 Grand Street, Ste. 501,
Hoboken, NJ 07030
(917) 503-1947

leahmermelstein@earthlink.net

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Best Writing Consultant’s First Blog Post!

Leah Mermelstein 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).   She recently wrote an article about the power of Write Aloud, which can be found at http://www.heinemann.com/shared/onlineresources/enewsletter/mermelstein_the_power_of_write-alouds.pdf.

 

For the past 13 years, she has worked as a literacy consultant first, at Teachers College Reading and Writing Project with Lucy Calkins and now at Read-Write-Connect, INC.  She works with schools, districts, educational organizations, as well as universities to help teachers, coaches, and principals grow in their understanding of how to teach reading and writing to elementary students.  While working with schools, she utilizes many methods of staff development such as demonstration, coaching, study groups, and institutes to name just a few. Her passions include week-long summer institutes, keynote speeches, writing with teachers, as well as working collaboratively with districts and other organizations to pinpoint strengths and needs

Making a decision to work with a literacy consultant is a big one.  Here is what makes Leah unique and truly the ‘best writing consultant’!

  • Leah is upbeat, positive and honest.  Teachers are always comfortable and excited to work with her.  She has an innate ability to help teachers look honestly at their work with students and make shifts in their teaching when necessary.
  • Leah comes with a wealth of information that she has acquired over the years in many ways. As a former upper and lower grade teacher, she is masterful in the classroom and continues now as a consultant to teach in classrooms on a regular basis. She has also written and researched three books, which has given her the opportunity to think about some important literacy topics in depth.   Also, because she is experienced in working with schools/districts she can help them make the best use of their time with her. When schools hire Leah, they are often able to achieve their literacy goals in fewer days with her because she shows them how to use their time more effectively.
  • Leah has an intuitive ability to quickly assess what a school/district is doing well in the area of Reading and Writing Workshop, pinpoint key needs, and then create a plan of staff development on how to address those needs.

 

If you or your district is interested in working with Leah, please contact her at leahmermelstein@earthlink.net or 917-503-1947.

 

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4 Responses to Best Writing Consultant’s First Blog Post!
  1. Marlene Wise
    April 26, 2011 | 1:16 am

    I am so proud when I read this….not surprised…
    My best,
    Marlene

  2. Laura DiRenzo
    April 27, 2011 | 2:34 am

    Leah recently presented to the Tri-County Reading Council at our annual Spring Fling. Her topic was how to fix some of the common problems in writing workshop. Our audience was k-8 teachers and administrators. Leah did an excellent job, giving so many relevant and easy to implement strategies. I was able to use many of her suggestions the very next day in my first grade classroom, and what a gift her ideas were! I am reading two of her books and have found them very inspiring. Leah is a joy to know and is so easy to work with. She is a passionate professional who has so much to offer to teachers.

  3. Leah Mermelstein
    April 27, 2011 | 9:55 am

    Laura,
    I’m so glad that my workshop was helpful. It was a great group of professionals and I enjoyed doing the event. I hope to work with you again.

    All my best,
    Leah

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