America’s Teachers

Willie Nelson said it best, “On the road again.”  That was the right theme for the last six weeks.  March and April are open season for state reading association meetings so I definitely logged some airline miles this year.  Michigan, Illinois, Virginia, South Carolina, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  Each stop along the way was remarkable.  It seems the world is waiting for Traits Writing!

As I traveled and spoke to teachers this last month and a half, I was reminded once again of the dedication and diligence of America’s teachers.  You manage to do so much with so little.  Budget woes stretch from my coast to the East coast, yet you find a way to inspire students to become great writers.  Thank you for never giving up, for seeking new ideas, and for embracing the traits so completely.  It’s for all of you that we’re working day and night to get the new curriculum ready.  And ready it will be in your hands next fall.

I was inspired by what I heard and saw at the conferences.  Great speakers, great audiences, great venues.  What a rush to be part of it all.  Now I am back at my home office again, working on grades 6-8 of Traits Writing.  Can’t wait to share it all, K-8, with the real audience – you and your students.  We’ll be launching the program at IRA this year.  Hope to see many of you there.

Until then, be envious of my frequent flyer account but not my schedule!

About Ruth Culham

RUTH CULHAM has written more than 40 books and best-selling resources illuminating both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits and writing from reading is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Ruth’s most recent books, The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing and Dream Wakers: Mentor Texts That Celebrate Latino Culture, are available from Stenhouse Publishers. She also conducts professional development for schools and districts and writes a regular column for The Reading Teacher.
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