Educator. Writer. Artist.

Shawna Coppola

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ABOUT ME

Hi! I am an educator with two decades of experience teaching children as young as five, adults with three or more decades of teaching experience, and every age learner in between. The majority of my professional life has been spent teaching literacy to middle school-age children as well as serving as a literacy specialist/coach in a K-6 school. I currently spend most of my time writing, facilitating engaging professional learning opportunities for educators, and speaking at local, regional, and national educational conferences. I am an author of two books about teaching through Stenhouse Publishers and am a Fellow/literacy consultant with The Educator Collaborative, a K-12 think tank and professional development organization. I would love the chance to learn alongside you!


Expertise

K-8 literacy (reading & writing)

inquiry approaches to teaching & learning

using mentors to teach writing

student-centered pedagogy

sketchnotes/visual note taking

comic writing

multimodal composition

Shawna has such a relaxed way about her that it’s not intimidating to speak [during the workshop].  She is always so well prepared!!
[Shawna] made me think, made me laugh, made me feel a bit more confident in what I was doing...I am in such a better place now, and I credit [her] class with that...of all the classes I’ve taken, [hers] has had the most dramatic impact on a child.
Thank you so much for everything. I cannot begin to tell you how much I have gained from your course and how much I enjoyed myself.

Education

University of New Hampshire, DURHAM

M.A., READING
Graduated July 2010

 

University of new hampshire, durham

B.A., ENGLISH TEACHING
Graduated May 1997

PUBLICATIONS

Writing, Redefined (2019), Stenhouse publishers

RENEW! Become a better—and more authentic—writing teacher (2017), Stenhouse publishers

“Writing, Redefined: Honoring the Compositional work of ALL Students” (may 2019), Voices from the Middle

“The Power of Revision” (mar/april 2017), Literacy today

“The Images Deficit in the Teaching of Writing” (Sept 2014), The Reading Teacher

The Educator Collaborative Community Blog

The National Writing Project blog (Medium)

The Nerdy Book Club blog

EdWeek Teacher blog

Contact

Email: shawnacoppola@gmail.com

Twitter: @shawnacoppola

Facebook: @shawnacoppolaauthor