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 taught in Korea, at a private school, as a homeschooling mom and 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 Washington Education Research Association (WERA), Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP), International Reading Association (IRA) and ASCD. She currently teaches fourth grade.
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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.
Partners confer over revision in fifth grade in this second installment of a three-part video series.
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.
Heather Rader demonstrates the importance of a varied reading diet to a second-grade group, sharing her own stack of books.
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.
Samantha Munnecke chats with Heather Rader about learning and surprises from her first six weeks as a literacy coach.
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