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Stacey Shubitz

Stacey Shubitz is the Chief of Operations and Lead Writer for Two Writing Teachers. She is a certified literacy specialist and a former classroom teacher who taught fifth grade at P.S. 171 in East Harlem, NY and fourth grade at The Learning Community in Central Falls, RI.  In 2009, Stacey turned her passion for supporting teachers with balanced literacy instruction into a career as a literacy consultant based in Central Pennsylvania.  In addition, Stacey works as an adjunct professor. She has taught graduate courses at Lesley University and Penn State – Harrisburg.

Stacey is the co-author of Jump Into Writing: A Workshop Approach (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), the co-author of Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model that Works (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), the author of Craft Moves: Lesson Sets for Teaching Writing with Mentor Texts (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016), and the co-author of Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective Practice (Stenhouse Publishers, 2010). Stacey has a M.A. in Literacy Education from Teachers College at Columbia University and a M.S.Ed. in Childhood Education from Hunter College of the City of New York. A Kappa Delta Pi Teacher of Honor, Stacey presents at local, state, and national conferences and has published articles published for a variety of publications.

Stacey resides in Pennsylvania with her husband and children. She blogs about literacy and parenting at Raising a Literate Human and tweets @sshubitz.

If you’re interested in having Stacey speak at a conference or in your school district, then please contact Noele Faccidomo, NFaccidomo[at]sde[dot]com, at Stenhouse Publishers/Staff Development for Educators. Noele can provide you with more information regarding speaking engagements. You may also e-mail Stacey directly at stacey[at]staceyshubitz[dot]com.

In 2007, Stacey co-founded Two Writing Teachers with Ruth Ayres, a widely-followed blog solely devoted to the teaching of writing.  In September 2013, when Ruth stepped away from the blog, Stacey gathered a dynamic team of co-authors and re-launched with new voices, all dedicated to maintaining the blog’s original mission.


Betsy Hubbard
Betsy Hubbard

Betsy Hubbard has experience in education spanning a lifetime. Growing up in northern Michigan surrounded by a family of educators and working early on in her college career with seasoned preschool educators helped build her solid foundation in early childhood practices. Betsy’s passion for working with families of young children continued after graduation when she became a proud public school teacher in the fall of 2001. She acknowledges that everyone has a story to share and a voice to tell it. Betsy’s primary goal as an educator is to foster writers of all ages and engage them in finding their writing process. 

Betsy teaches in a small rural community and continues to reside in Michigan with her husband and two children. She values her colleagues within her school district, the tremendous collaboration within the Two Writing Teachers community, and the enormous network of educators who share their voices and philosophies on education in a changing world.

Betsy is a poetry advocate and the creator of Chalkabration and Facebook Collaborative Poetry. Each encourages the sharing and celebration of poetry. She can be found writing Slice of Life Stories at I’m Living My Words, tweeting @Betsy_writes, and, when possible, sipping coffee with a new notebook in hand. 

Elizabeth Moore
Beth Moore

Beth Moore has over a decade of experience working as a national literacy consultant for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) based at Columbia University. This work has taken her into K-8 classrooms all over the country to support teachers and administrators with reading workshop, writing workshop, and all aspects of a balanced literacy curriculum. She has been a contributing author to many TCRWP resources, including the Running Records Assessments, the Curriculum Calendars, the Learning Progressions for Writing, and the Performance Assessments for Reading and Writing.

Beth began her teaching career as a first-grade teacher in Orange, MA and then was a fifth-grade teacher in Newtown, CT. She holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught numerous graduate courses at Columbia University and presents at conferences around the country.

Beth coauthored the book How-To Writing: Writing to Teach Others with Lucy Calkins and Laurie Pessah as part of the Units of Study in Opinion, Information, and Narrative Writing (Heinemann, 2013). Recently she coauthored with Lucy Calkins the book If…Then…Assessment-Based Curriculum, K-2, part of the Units of Study for Teaching Reading (Heinemann, 2015).

Beth and her family live in the mountains of northern Vermont, not far from where she grew up. She currently works as a district literacy consultant, graduate course instructor, writer, and editor.

If you are interested in having Beth come to your school for a speaking engagement or to work with your teachers, or if you are interested in scheduling her to speak at a conference, please contact her directly at beth [at] elizabethmoore [dot] work.

In June 2015, Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski joined the Two Writing Teachers co-author team.

Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski

Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski is a third-grade teacher at Saltzman East Memorial Elementary School in Farmingdale, NY.  Certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Literacy Studies, Kathleen has experience in general and special education, previously working with sixth grade and kindergarten. One of the co-directors of the Long Island Writing Project, Kathleen has facilitated the Summer Institute, book clubs, workshops, and writing retreats for teachers. She is a wife and mother, residing in Wantagh, New York. Kathleen shares stories from the classroom and life at her blog, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, and tweets @MrsSokolowski. She is thrilled to be part of the Two Writing Teachers community, where so much collegial conversation and sharing leads to inspiration in the classroom.

In May 2016, Melanie Meehan became part of the Two Writing Teachers co-author team. 

Melanie Meehan
Melanie Meehan

Melanie Meehan is the Elementary Writing and Social Studies Coordinator in Simsbury, CT, and is passionate about developing young writers, as well as human beings with curiosity, empathy, and responsibility for the world. Melanie was a member of the writing team for the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks, and is passionate about equity and social justice. She slices at Just Write, Melanie. Melanie’s first professional book, Every Child Can Write: Entry Points, Bridges and Pathways for Striving Writerswas published in October 2019 by Corwin Press. The Responsive Writing Teacher: A Hands-on Guide to Child-Centered, Equitable Instruction, co-written with Kelsey Sorum, will be published in February 2021.

Melanie holds a B.A from Cornell University, a Masters in Special Education from the University of Hartford, and her Sixth Year in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University. Additionally, she has an MFA in Creative Writing from the Solstice Low-Residency Creative Writing Program of Pine Manor College. She has published articles in Highlights Magazine, and won the 2016 Tassy-Walden Award for New Voices in Children’s Literature.  You can find her on Twitter @MelanieMeehan1.

In June 2020, Amy transitioned to the role of co-author from contributing writer.

Amy Ellerman

Amy Ellerman began her teaching career with over a decade in grades K-2. She feels a kinship with other educators who fully appreciate (and expect) the amazing thinking and writing work that our youngest writers can (and deserve to) do. Writing workshop quickly became the heartbeat of her classroom, her practice, and her ongoing professional curiosity. For the past several years, Amy has worked side by side with teachers and kids as the Instructional Coach at Maple Grove Elementary in Golden, Colorado. She loves the opportunity to teach and learn at all grade levels, K-5, and she values the community’s willingness to collaborate and innovate. The work is complex and rewarding, and she feels so fortunate to be a part of it.

Early in her career, Amy spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer, teaching English as a Foreign Language to university students in Ukraine. She returned home with a deep appreciation for cultural differences, travel, and the passionate intensity that American educators feel for their work.

Amy works as a Teacher Consultant with Colorado Writing Project, and she is a Past President of CCIRA, an independent, non-profit literacy organization in Colorado. She is deeply committed to supporting the learning of fellow educators, believing all teachers deserve to be part of dynamic, professional communities.

A lifelong writer, Amy always has a number of projects in the works—blog posts, a YA novel, the germinating seeds of a professional book. She is currently working on her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts (you know, just for fun).

You can find Amy on Twitter @sanderling12 and on her blog, Running to School.

Contributing Writers

In 2019, we added two contributing writers, Amy Ellerman (above) and Therapi Zaw-Kaplan. Therapi has decided to continue as a contributing writer on our team. She posts several times each year.

Therapi Zaw-Kaplan

Therapi Zaw-Kaplan has 19 years of teaching experience in Walnut Valley Unified School District. Walnut Valley Unified is located in Walnut, California. She has taught 2nd grade – 5th grade, with most of them teaching 4th grade. Next year, Therapi will transition into a coaching role. It is here where she discovered her passion for developing her students’ writing.  She believes our students have so much to teach us about the importance of listening during the writing process, and that when we listen intently to our students, it opens up a beautiful relationship between teacher and student. Ultimately, their writing begins to flourish because they are in a space to be heard.  She instills in her students that the magic of writing lives inside of all of them.

Therapi has played a critical role in the implementation of writing workshop in her school district. She provides professional development workshops for teachers during the school year and hosts homegrown writing institutes in the summer. She attends TCRWP summer writing and has participated in their Coaching Institute on Writing. In 2016, Therapi worked as a contributor to ELD Toolkit for the Units of Study kits with Heinemann. In addition, she has collaborated with senior staff developer, Katie Clements on a literary essay project. This project entailed crafting essays that were used as mentor literary essays for students. She feels fortunate to have contributed and collaborated with TCRWP.

She has her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Cal Poly, Pomona and earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Cal State Fullerton. She also holds a Reading and Literacy Authorization certificate from the University of Southern California and is Tier 1 Project GLAD certified.

In the Spring of 2021, Nawal Qarooni Casiano and Lainie Levin joined the team as contributing writers.

Nawal Qarooni Casiano

Nawal is an educator, literacy consultant and writer based out of Chicago, IL. Forever passionate about growing readers, writers and thinkers, Nawal worked as a classroom teacher, literacy coach and curriculum developer in Brooklyn and Chicago before launching NQC Literacy in 2014. She and her team support schools and districts by facilitating professional development and coaching around a holistic, balanced approach to literacy instruction: always looking through lenses of cultural-sustainability, inclusion and equity. 

Nawal earned a Bachelor of English from the University of Michigan, a Master of Teaching from Brooklyn College, and a Master of Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. Nawal was a newspaper and magazine reporter and writer prior to teaching. She won a New Jersey Press Association Award for her international reporting and transitioned into education as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She is the proud daughter of immigrants and her role as a mother to four multiethnic, multilingual kids shapes her approach as an educator. You can find Nawal in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood or on Twitter at @NQCLiteracy. She can be contacted directly for speaking, writing, and coaching engagements at

Lainie Levin

Lainie Levin, a 26-year teaching veteran, is a fierce advocate for children, for public schools, and for all things learning. Lainie holds a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois, and two Masters degrees from Concordia University – one in School Leadership, the other in Curriculum and Instruction. She started out in the classroom in Sterling, Virginia and then taught in Brighton, Michigan. After a move to the Chicago suburbs, Lainie served as a gifted interventionist and coach in language arts and math. Lainie is now a language arts specialist serving the needs of gifted/talented elementary school students, and she finds it amazing that a job like hers exists in this world.  

Inspired by the fearlessness of her students, Lainie is passionate about teaching children to see themselves as writers. She pushes them to trust in the power of their voices as they seek to make sense of the world and their place in it. Lainie credits the Slice of Life community for teaching her that the best way to bring joy to writing instruction is to engage in writing herself.

Lainie is also a lifelong storyteller who shares “stories to tickle the funny bone and touch the heart.” She has given performances and workshops to a wide range of audiences across the country. Her work with fellow teller Yvonne Healy on using storytelling to connect generations and foster love for writing is featured in The Storytelling Classroom, edited by Sherry Norfolk, Jane Stenson, and Dianne Williams. 

You can find her shouting her many soapboxes on her blog, or follow her on Twitter at @mrslevin11.

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  1. I love this blog and the work you do and the amazing tips you provide, which I’ve been testing out in my creative writing studio. Wanted to say “hi!” To all, and Dana we’re practically neighbors, I live in Downers Grove.

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  2. I really wanted to participate in the Slice of Life Challenge, but I am a little late to the party. I am a middle school math teacher with a passion for my students and a commitment to daily blogging…I also have a medically-fragile son who puts another spin on things…Please stop by my blog The other side of the equation: A story of life, love and math! Excited to be a part of this community!



  3. As an educator passionate about writing and a writer who loves to share my craft, this site provides a place for me to mingle with other like-minded people! Thank you for sharing such a wonderful resource!


  4. Your blogs help me be a better coach. You always seem to be one step ahead of me and know just when I’m going to need an extra tidbit to support a teacher.


  5. We are a new education website ( looking to grow our resources.

    We would love to discuss education trends. Recently, we quoted Troy Hicks, English professor at Michigan University and author of The Digital Writing Workshop, on our “digital literacy” page as we look to help teachers use blogging in the classroom. It would be an honor to quote you as well.

    I look forward to hearing from you,


    P.s. Our site has a variety of education resources including: national monthly writing contests, free lesson plans, mentor texts, etc. We are working to enhance our education pages; any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


  6. Dear Ruth & Stacey:

    You have a GREAT site!!

    Was hoping you can give me some direction. . ..I’m looking for some kind of list or article that identifies what are the characteristics of effective reading and writing classrooms. Do you happen to have any leads?



    • Hi Vincent,

      I’d suggest looking through the citations in recent professional books on the teaching of reading or writing to find relevant journal articles.

      Hope that helps,


  7. What an incredible site. Someone mentioned it on my English Companion Ning ( the other day. I would love to have you join us over there so people can learn more about your site and benefit from your resources. Thanks again for all you provide here. I’ll be back (pronounced the way my governor (of California) would say it…)



  8. I just came across your site when googling Katie Wood Ray. I’ll definitely be checking back often!

    I am beginning a daily writer’s workshop with my PK-K students in a public Montessori school. Today, we were practicing the routine of the workshop (I was planning on beginning Monday) and one student said “can we just do it now?” I asked, do we want to start now? I received a resounding YES!!!!! Anyways, for the following 40 minutes, I had 22 4, 5, and 6 year olds who were completely engaged in creating books! Really really great books! It was amazing! Brought tears to my eyes…can’t wait to continue!

    I am glad to find your website and will check back frequently for writing tips.



  9. I just came across your blog and it made me so happy! I am a staff developer at the Reading & Writing Project (this is my sixth year) and seeing this was incredibly inspiring. This is what it’s all about!! If you come to the April reunion at TC let me know!


  10. this is a great blog for teachers good to read and get motivated a lot of information we too promote and encourage teachers to use technology . we also show them how they can use technology for the benefit of students and their financial gains


  11. I am so excited to come across your blog. Thank you for taking the time to share your thinking and resources. I was a part of a school district that was moving forward with balanced literacy, reader’s workshop, writer’s workshop and word study, but I moved and no longer work in a place where this type of teaching and pedagogy are the norm. I greatly miss it. I am hoping to post one of my units of study up in the next week. Thanks again!


  12. Stacey:

    WOW! What a tremendous resource. I was very fortunate to meet you during Lucy’s small group session. Sorry I was unavailable to say good bye on the last day but I cannot wait to share this new resource with our teachers. Please stay in touch.

    New Haven Schools
    Union City, CA


  13. Dear Ruth & Stacey,

    I just wanted to make sure that you were invited to our education “Blogger Summit”. We hope you can make it and feel free to share this invitation with any other bloggers in the area that might be interested. The invitation is attached below.

    ED In ’08 Blogger Summit


    Strong American Schools is excited to announce the ED in ’08 Blogger Summit. Conference details are as follows:

    May 14th – 15th
    Palomar Hotel, Washington DC
    Registration is Free!

    An opening reception is scheduled on the evening of Wednesday, May 14th. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served before the screening of a new documentary film on education, Two Million Minutes. A Q&A session with the filmmakers is set to follow.

    Then join us for an all-day conference on May 15th. Nowhere else will you have an opportunity to meet and network with fellow education bloggers, participate in panels, attend workshops, and help tackle some tough questions on the state of education in America.

    Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP today!

    Register at


  14. I am thrilled that you alerted me to your blog. It has tons of useful information, and it’s also fun to read. I will definitely pass your site information on to educators throughout the country when I do my “dog and pony” presentations at state and regional IRA conferences.

    Thanks for reaching across the miles to each other, and for sharing your wisdom with the rest of us.


  15. Dear Ruth and Stacey,

    I am pleased to announce that the first online issue of Launch Pad has now been published. The issue is freely accessible (open access) on the magazine web site. Our January/February “Animals” issue features creative works by talented young authors and illustrators from eleven states and from Australia, New Zealand, Wales, and England. You will find creative fiction, folktales, poetry, and nonfiction, complemented by imaginative illustrations by young artists using a variety of colorful media and artistic styles. I know you will enjoy reading our first issue!

    Launch Pad still needs contributors. We are looking for works for our upcoming issues about Fairy Tales & Fantasy, Sports, Summer Fun, Mysteries, and Heroes. If you are a teacher, librarian, or parent, please encourage young people to submit their work! We still have space in all of our upcoming 2008 issues, and Launch Pad especially needs young artists. I hope you will share this announcement with the members of your blog. Enjoy the magazine!

    Paul Kelsey
    Editor and Publisher
    Launch Pad: Where Young Authors and Illustrators Take Off!


  16. I’m enjoying your blog.

    Any chance you can post what your schedule looks like for a week or two? Showing how you manage writing conferences and reading conferences as well as content?




  17. This is indeed a wonderful chance find for me, tripping across the cyberspace in search of something new to do for the new year!!

    Keep up the good work and keep young people writing!

    Your postings would further inspire me . thanks.


  18. I just wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed reading your blog and have added you to my site’s blogroll. Thanks for all your thoughtful work!


  19. Thank you.
    Yes, I researched your book a ton before buying it because I couldn’t exactly figure out where to buy it. Or actually I was trying to find the most convenient place to get it.
    Good luck in future ventures in writing.


  20. Megan:

    Thanks for your support of my students’ book. All of the proceeds go to P.S. 171’s Visiting Author Fund. Hence, you’re purchase will help bring published authors to the students of P.S. 171. Thanks!

    Checked out your blog… it’s great!



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