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Teachers College Reading and Writing Project

McKenney-Harrison Elementary School teaches students with the District’s consistent curriculum design. The school is also in the process of becoming a Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) school.

TCRWP provides specialized expertise to assist teachers and staff through the process of co-authoring and developing TCRWP’s teaching methodologies into the schools’ consistent curriculum. Students will learn to observe their lives and the world around them, collect information, and draft, revise, and publish well-crafted narrative and expository texts.

When fully implemented, the curriculum at McKenney-Harrison will have 8-10 TCRWP units of study for each grade. The curriculum will include elements of the following:


Reading Curriculum

(Grades K-5)

  • The central role of curriculum development and planning in the teaching of reading,
  • Units of study across the year in the reading workshop,
  • The components of balanced literacy,
  • Comprehension strategies,
  • Assessing and planning for work with individuals and small groups,
  • Read aloud and accountable talk,
  • Writing about reading and Book Clubs.

Writing Curriculum

(Grades K-5)

  • The central role of curriculum development and planning in the teaching of writing,
  • Units of study across the year in the writing workshop,
  • Methods of holding students accountable for doing their best work,
  • Assessing and planning for work with individuals and small groups,
  • Using literature to help students craft their writing, and
  • Classroom structures that support inquiry and collaboration.

As McKenney-Harrison moves forward in becoming a TCRWP-member school, Project Staff Developers will engage the entire school through rigorous reading and writing workshops in the classrooms. These workshops help teachers discover new ways to look at what is possible in their classrooms, and how literacy teaching becomes the entry point to make ongoing and sustainable enhancements to their classroom practices.

Located in New York City, The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) was founded in 1984 at Columbia University. The mission of TCRWP is to collaborate with schools to develop an innovative reading and writing curriculum that helps students become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. TCRWP accomplishes this through research, and through working shoulder-to-shoulder with students, teachers, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and school leaders.

TCRWP has a lasting and deep affiliation with more than 600 schools and develops ideas that are foundational to literacy instruction that is globally relevant in sites as diverse as Los Angeles, Seattle, and Chicago, and in nations such as Australia, Singapore, Israel, and Jordan.

For more than 30 years, TCRWP has developed a knowledge base of state-of-the-art tools and methods for teaching reading and writing, for using performance assessments, innovative learning programs that accelerate progress, and for developing literacy-rich content instruction.

Thousands of teachers use the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as a continual source of professional renewal and education.

McKenney-Harrison Elementary School teachers and staff have participated in several workshops at TCRWP, and are in the process of learning new ways of teaching reading and writing, which is essential for students to become better learners.