HKIS Literacy Institute

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HKIS 11th Annual Literacy Institute
with Penny Kittle, Carl Anderson, Kim Yaris, and Sara K. Ahmed
Friday January 25 to Sunday January 27, 2019




           "Literacy Coaching Asia"
                           1-Day Workshop with Sara K. Ahmed

                                      Friday January 25, 2019

This one day workshop is for aspiring coaches, mentor teachers and current coaches.

Outcomes of the workshop:

  • Running labsites and demonstration lessons to support student learning.
  • In the moment coaching with teachers.
  • Setting and evaluating coaching goals.
  • Systems and cycles of coaching to support teachers throughout the year.
  • Collaborating with administrators in developing school-wide literacy programs.
  • Sustainable systems in a transient international teacher world.
  • Philosophies of coaching.
  • Collaborating with other coaches and literacy leaders.

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"Literacy Institute"
2-Day Conference with  Penny Kittle | Carl Anderson | Kim Yaris | Sara K. Ahmed

Saturday January 26 to Sunday January 27, 2019

This is an exciting opportunity for participants to learn about best instructional practices in reading and writing, relevant research and its practical applications directly from the experts, as well as get feedback on how to meet the needs of students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. Participants will walk away with strategies that can be used immediately with students to improve instruction and promote student growth.

Outcomes of the conference:

  • Explore, rethink and deepen an understanding of reading and writing practices.
  • Examine the role of engagement in instructional practices.
  • Explore ways to deepen comprehension in students.
  • Develop discourse in students to enhance reading and writing strategies.
  • Increase conferring abilities to maximize teaching and learning.
  • Develop students' skills and tools in literacy in ways that allow students become more independent.
  • Explore ways mentor texts can be used in mini-lessons and conferences.

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Hong Kong International School
Lower Primary School and Upper Primary School
23 South Bay Close
Repulse Bay
Hong Kong

初小部: 香港淺水灣南灣坊23號

Hotel Accommodation


Jacqueline Hutchings


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Guest Speakers

Penny Kittle

Penny teaches freshman composition at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She was a teacher and literacy coach in public schools for 34 years. Penny is the co-author of 180 Days with Kelly Gallagher, and is the author of Book Love, and Write Beside Them, which won the James Britton award. She also co-authored two books with her mentor, Don Graves, and co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Graves’ work, Children Want to Write. Penny is the president of the Book Love Foundation and was given the Exemplary Leader Award from NCTE’s Conference on English Leadership. She regularly works beside teachers to empower young readers and writers.




Carl Anderson

Carl is an internationally recognized expert in writing instruction for grades K-8. He works as a consultant in schools and districts around the world and is a longtime staff developer for the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. Carl is the author of numerous books on teaching writing, including the brand new A Teacher’s Guide to Writing Conferences, the best-selling How’s It Going?: A Practical Guide to Conferring with Student Writers, as well as Assessing Writers and Strategic Writing Conferences. Carl is known for his keynote addresses, PD workshops, school-based residencies, and webinars. Tweet him at @conferringcarl



Kim Yaris
A lifelong educator, Kim Yaris has worked in education as an elementary classroom teacher and literacy staff developer for 25 years. Committed to helping children become independent and proficient readers and writers, Kim advocates for developing student agency through intentional and responsive teaching. Kim’s two professional books (co-authored with Jan Burkins), Reading Wellness (Stenhouse 2014) and Who’s Doing the Work? (Stenhouse 2016), provide practical ideas for promoting independence and proficiency which serve as the foundation for her workshops and model lessons in classrooms. In addition to her two professional books, Kim has co-authored the K-2 Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets and is currently working to develop the Who’s Doing the Work? Lesson Sets for grades 3-5. Kim also writes guided reading books for Mondo Publishers and currently has co-authored over 40 titles. Working as a full-time consultant and writer, Kim lives with her husband and two sons in Wellington, Florida.
Sara K. Ahmed
Sara is currently a literacy coach at NIST International School in Bangkok, Thailand. She has taught in urban, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms
were designed to help students consider their own identities and see the humanity in others. Sara is the author of Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and coauthor with
Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. She has served on the teacher leadership team for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization devoted to developing critical thinking and empathy for others. You can find her on Twitter @SaraKAhmed