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Who Is Ruth Culham?

RUTH CULHAM, Ed.D.,launched a writing revolution with the publication of her book 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide, Grades 3 and Up, followed by 6+1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades and Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for Middle School, winner of the 2011 Teacher’s Choice award. Her groundbreaking work with the writing traits is the culmination of 40 years of research, practice, and passion. Most recently, Ruth has published the bestselling The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing that demonstrates how to read with a writer’s eye to lift the best writing techniques from favorite authors. D4DD0BD977A84177B13F99BD9E6BE3D0

Ruth has also penned What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Writing for all school leaders and literacy coaches. Ruth’s professional books have illuminated both writing and the reading-writing connection for countless educators around the globe. As a pioneering researcher in writing assessment and instruction, Ruth creates and conducts teacher workshops to provide professional development at local, district, and state levels. At state and national conferences she’s a featured speaker on using traits of writing, designing effective writing instruction, and reading to teach writing, and other related topics.

Her many professional resources include the immensely popular, grade-specific Trait Crates that use beautiful children’s literature titles to spotlight and teach each writing trait and drive home the reading-writing connection. And, Ruth’s ground-breaking, all-in-one curriculum Traits Writing: The Complete Writing Program for Grades K-8 aligns the traits with writing process and writing workshop—and enhances teachers’ professional understanding of writing as it elevates the effectiveness of student writing.

Ruth is currently a contributor and Writing Department Editor for the professional journal Reading Teacher. She’s president of the Culham Writing Company and former Unit Manager of the Assessment Program at Education Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She was English Teacher of the Year in Montana, one of the highlights of her 19-year teaching career. Culham holds specialty degrees in Library Science and Elementary, Middle, and Secondary English Education.

Who Is Libby Jachles?

As a former classroom teacher and recently retired Literacy Coach in the Brighton School District in Rochester, NY, Libby Jachles is Ruth's right-hand-trainer and source of inspiration.

While in the Brighton School District, Libby became acquainted with Ruth’s work on the 6 + 1 Traits of Writing and was instrumental in bringing the traits to Brighton. She has first-hand knowledge of how the traits support writing assessment and instruction after working with teachers and students and modeling lessons in many classrooms. In 2005, Libby formed a study group to focus on Ruth’s book, 6 + 1 Traits of Writing: The Complete Guide for the Primary Grades. She spoke of this work in her conversations with Ruth, and Ruth shared this information with Scholastic Publishing. Later that school year, Scholastic videotaped the work of the study group. These videos are part of the Scholastic Professional Development Series, as well as being included on TraitSpace, part of the Scholastic Traits Writing Program.

Currently, Libby specializes in training and coaching classroom teachers on teaching writing using the traits. Throughout the past 20 years, she's presented to, and trained, teachers both nationally and internationally. Whenever possible, she continues to volunteer in former colleagues’ classrooms to share her love of writing with students and teachers.

Libby knows books,·she knows kids, she knows teachers, and she likes to put her knowledge of all three together in her workshops and presentations…with voice and enthusiasm always sprinkled in.

Libby offers the following workshops:

Publications: (contributions and co-author to the work of Ruth Culham)

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