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


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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Leah Mermelstein
536 Grand Street, Ste. 501,
Hoboken, NJ 07030
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Blog Posts are Below:


Listening is Key!












Yes, there is my dear Ariana on her tummy!!!!!

I must point out that in both pictureВ  she is wearing very cute outfits…so far takes after her mother…loves to dress up . :))


I know, I know that she needs to sleep on her back and don’t worry I turned her over once she fell asleep but I want to share a quick story about Ariana and then how that story relates to teaching.В  When I first brought Ariana home I was having an informal chat with Pat, myВ  baby nurse.В  During our chat, I sharedВ  how one of the joys of not being pregnant was my ability to be a ‘tummy sleeper’ again. She didn’t really respond to that comment but she was clearly listening!

A week later when Ariana was fussing and could not settle down for a nap, Pat said, “You know you are such a tummy sleeper–I wonder if your daughter is the same way.”

She turned her over on her stomach and Ariana instantly relaxed and slept

Pat was able to help Ariana by listening carefully to me-her student.В  It was a seemingly causal, off the cuff conversation that led to the solving of a huge problem.

So how does this relate to teaching?В  I think it reminds me of the importance of listening to everything a child says even if feels unrelated and using what you learn in all aspects of your teaching…

I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,


2 Responses to Listening is Key!
  1. Renee Dinnerstein
    January 30, 2013 | 9:55 pm

    Hi Leah

    Do you think that motherhood will alter your approach to teaching in any way? I always wonder about that. So much of teaching these days is scripted – yes, even dear old writing workshop. Listening to children, as you say in your beautifully written blog, can be so important in pulling us away from these artificial scripts and pacing calendars and bringing us back to listening and responding to children where they are in the moment.

  2. Leah
    January 30, 2013 | 10:06 pm

    Hi Renee,
    For sure it will—it’s hard to exactly say how but I know it will–In my work I have always told teachers that I don’t believe in a ‘scripted’ writing workshop. I go back to what my sister in law said to me about parenting on the first day back at home: There are many ways to parent…there are for sure guidelines but as long as you fit into those guidelines you are fine. I could pull her words into Writing Workshop. There are many ways to teach within a Writing Workshop..of course there are guidelines (kids should choose their topics, write in many genres, have time to write etc) as long as you fit into those guidelines you are fine…Thanks for asking that question Renee..it will be interesting as I venture back into work in April. See you soon xo

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