After attending Vassar College and Teachers College, Columbia University, Jenny Bender taught 2nd grade and then 7th grade English in New York City public schools. When she left the classroom, she worked for several years as a staff developer with Lucy Calkins at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. She also taught the teaching of writing to graduate students at Teachers College, Columbia and Yale University.
Jenny is an experienced staff developer, presenter and curriculum writer. She currently works as a District Literacy Coach for the Northampton Public Schools. In addition, Jenny continues to consult nationally; she helps K-8 teachers, literacy coaches and administrators acquire and hone the skills they need to lead effective reading and writing workshops and to improve the quality of their literacy programs. Through demonstration teaching, gentle coaching and content development, educators who work with Jenny learn how to differentiate their instruction and supervision, make their teaching and leadership more explicit, and create and implement assessment-based curriculum.
Jenny's first book, The Resourceful Writing Teacher: A Handbook of Essential Skills and Strategies, was published through Heinemann in 2007. It offers elementary and middle school teachers the information they need to successfully teach the qualities of good writing. Jenny's most recent book, Teaching Young Writers to Craft Realistic Fiction: Ready-to-Use Lessons, Mentor Texts & Ongoing Assessments, was published through Scholastic in 2011.