Heather Rader

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Heather has a fascination with what makes teaching and learning work. Her motto is “Stay Curious,” and she embraces that in her personal and professional life.

Heather has taught in Korea, at a private school, as a homeschooling mom, and as a teacher-librarian, but most of her years have been spent teaching elementary students in public school. In 2005, she transitioned from the classroom to the role of an instructional coach working with 13 elementary teachers and a team of coaches in literacy.

In 2010, Heather was awarded Regional Teacher of the Year. She has presented for many organizations, including the Washington Education Research Association (WERA), the Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP), the International Reading Association (IRA), and ASCD. She currently teaches fourth grade.

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Teaching Revision Strategies: Partner Work

Partners confer over revision in fifth grade in this second installment of a three-part video series.

Teaching Revision Strategies: Introduction and Modeling

Heather Rader shares a process for teaching peer editing and revision skills that helps students learn how to assist each other kindly during writing workshop. This is the first video in a three-part series.

A Writing Marathon for Teachers

Sunshine, multiple venues, and a writing marathon give a group of teachers led by Heather Rader many insights into the needs of writers of all ages.

Second-Grade Reading Group

Heather Rader demonstrates the importance of a varied reading diet to a second-grade group, sharing her own stack of books.

Coaching Debrief Early in the Year

Heather Rader observes Sean Moore teach a writing lesson to his second graders early in the year. This video of the debrief session highlights Heather’s open-ended questions and listening strategies.

Reflections on the First Six Weeks Coaching

Samantha Munnecke chats with Heather Rader about learning and surprises from her first six weeks as a literacy coach.

Narrative Nonfiction Conference

Literacy coach Heather Rader confers with Beth Lawson about using more narrative nonfiction in both reading and writing workshops.

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