Penny Kittle is an English teacher, literacy coach, and director of new teacher mentoring at Kennett High School in North Conway, New Hampshire. She teaches 10th, 11th, and 12th graders each fall.
As an educator and an author, Penny has received many awards in her career. In 2009, she received the James N. Britton award from the National Council of Teachers of English for Write Beside Them. And, in 2015, she was recognized with the Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership.
Penny is the author of Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers, Write Beside Them: risk, voice, and clarity in high school writing, Inside Writing: how to teach the details of craft & My Quick Writes (co-authored with her mentor and friend, Donald H. Graves), The Greatest Catch: a life in teaching, and Public Teaching: one kid at a time. She recently co-edited (with Tom Newkirk) a collection of Don Graves’ work, Children Want to Write: Don Graves and the Revolution in Children’s Writing.
In this conversation, host Kevin Carlson talks with Penny about mentors, the most powerful teaching practice she knows, and what she thinks will probably be her most lasting contribution to education.
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