Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project and Its Units

What is it?

It’s mission is to help young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers through research, curriculum development, and in-school professional development.[1] TCRWP develops methods and tools for the teaching of reading and writing through research, curriculum development published through Heinemann, and professional development with teachers and school leaders. TCRWP supports the Reading Workshop and Writers Workshop approaches through its Units of Study curriculum.

What are its benefits?

The TCRWP practices are also aligned with the research base supporting the notion that students should be reading texts they can read independently, with at least 96% fluency, accuracy, and comprehension, and supporting students to move up levels.

The benefits for schools of TCRWP staff development include:

- Improved ELA performance for the student population at large

- Improved performance across all groups of learners, including ELL/ESL students and Students with Disabilities

- Increased ELA proficiency for each year spent in a TCRWP school

-Higher scores overall at all grade levels (3-8) compared to NYC & NYS


How Universal Literacy supports this program at PS 145?

Universal literacy reading coaches help teachers to improve upon their own proficiency in conducting running records, analyzing miscues, and to form small student groups based on the targeted needs of each student.