Lauren Kolbeck brings over 20 years experience creating state of the art reading and writing workshops. She is now an independent literacy consultant working in schools across Long Island, New York City and Connecticut. For a decade, Lauren worked as a lead staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project where she worked closely with teachers, literacy coaches and principals in schools across the United States, Europe and Asia. Lauren co-authored two books with Lucy Calkins. Bigger Books Mean Amping Up Reading Power (Heinemann 2015) is part of the 2nd grade reading units of study series. She also pioneered work in content-area-literacy and co-authored another book called Lab Reports and Science Books From the 2nd Grade Writing Units of Study (Heinemann 2013). Prior to joining the project, Lauren taught for many years at P.S.29 in Brooklyn.