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Image SampleMara K Lanskybrings over 20 years of teaching experience to her work as a literacy consultant. After many years working for The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York City under Lucy Calkins, Mara relocated to the Washington, DC area.

Prior to working at the Reading Writing Project, and after earning her Administration degree, Mara was asked to join former District 15, Brooklyn as a Staff Developer. In her own classroom, Mara taught primarily at P.S.116 Manhattan in grades K, 1, 2 and 3. While teaching, her classroom was often the lab-site for Staff Developers and a model classroom for visitors from around the nation.

Mara started her consulting work through the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Learning, writing and speaking on Accountable Talk practices in the classroom. She was a member of numerous Teachers College Leadership groups and has presented information from them. She also taught a full year course on Literacy Coaching in The Elementary Grades. She has been invited to speak at the Brown University Teacher Leadership Consortium as well as at the NCTE Convention.

Mara spends the summers conducting Reading and Writing Institutes for teachers around the nation and Canada. She has taught beginning, intermediate and advanced sections in these institutes. Mara has a special love for children’s literature and strives to bring this passion to teachers and students in order to enhance their literacy work. As a writer, she is currently working on a picture book, an early level series, a poetry collection and a book on teaching craft to younger writers. She is a member of SCBWI:The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators as well as the ASCD and NCTE.

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