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Colleen Cruz

Colleen Cruz

“One Teacher – Thirty-Two Needs”

Successful Strategies for Reaching Diverse Writers

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Executive Hotel: 4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby


Colleen Cruz tackles one of the most significant issues in writing instruction today: How to reach the needs of struggling writers. Teaching the skill of writing is viewed by many educators as a major objective; teaching the will of writing is too often an afterthought. Through her humourous personal experiences and her practical suggestions for teaching writing in the classroom, Colleen Cruz inspired teachers and gave them the tools to help their students to become enamoured with writing.


Ms. Colleen Cruz is a dynamic writer, educator, and consultant, who serves as an instructor at Columbia University in New York, where she teaches at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Through the Project, she works as a staff developer in New York City public schools, as well as a literacy consultant nationally and internationally. Author of many teachers’ resource guides and the young adult novel, Border Crossing, Colleen shares her love for reading and writing, as well as her experience teaching writers with diverse needs in a witty, fun, and powerful way.




8-8:30 Registration and “Kidsbooks” display

8:30-10:15 Keynote: “One Teacher – Thirty Two Needs”

10:15-11:15 Break (tea, coffee, and snack will be served)

11:15-12:30 “One Teacher – Thirty Two Needs, Topics, and Plans”



1:30 – 2:45 Teaching Writing Through Pop Culture


Registration Information:

Full Day:

IRA Members: $90

Non-members: $100

Morning Only:

IRA Members: $60

Non-members: $70

Discount for Group of 8 (full day only):

$686.50 ($85.80 per person)



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