Kirsten Widmer is an educational consultant working in elementary, middle and high schools. With over twelve years of experience working with teachers and administrators as an independent consultant, a staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project under the directorship of Lucy Calkins, and teacher leader, Kirsten brings her enthusiasm for learning, passion for reading and writing and practical approach to workshops and classrooms.
Kirsten holds practical workshops on a variety of topics ranging from launching and maintaining strong reading and writing workshops, conferring and assessing readers and writers, reading and writing in the content areas (for Social Studies and Science teachers), to teaching the structure of text to support reading comprehension, small group instruction in reading and writing and planning and authoring units of study. She has worked with superintendents, administrators and teachers to develop and implement reading and writing curriculum designed to engage all levels of learners in grades K-8. She has authored curriculum and corresponding units of study for school districts in Michigan and New Jersey.
She is co-author of Workshops That Work!: 30 Days of Minilessons, which provides strategies for upper elementary and middle school teachers launching reading and writing workshops in their classrooms, and has presented at NCTE on writing to learn strategies in the content areas and democracy in teaching.