About Us

Amy Rasmussen

AMY RASMUSSEN Administrator/Writer

I am an advocate for authentic reading and writing instruction in all English classes– you might even call me an evangelist. I am a believer! We all like choice. We all benefit from communities where we feel validated, encouraged, safe, and compelled to grow. As educators, we want all students to enjoy learning. But sometimes it’s a drag-through-the-mud tug of war, right? A pedagogy based on the moves readers and writers do outside of school helps.

Many educators make the move to readers-writers workshop for their students who struggle because they know when children are readers they are usually better thinkers and better writers. But imagine the possibilities if we transform instruction by moving to this more student-centered teaching model for our proficient and advanced students, as well. An authentic literacy classroom engages students as they grow into their identities as readers, writers, and communicators who own their learning–and it works in ALL classrooms for all students, ELL, G/T, gen ed, honors, and AP. I know. I’ve done it.

This blog is a work of love and hope, especially hope. Young people today deserve to learn in ELA classrooms where they learn the authentic moves of readers and writers, not just people who read and write for school. My hope is that my team and I here at 3TT can help others who are shifting the paradigm, transforming their teaching, and stepping into vulnerable spaces as they share their own reading and writing journeys with their students.  How can we help?


National Writing Project / North Star of Texas Writing Project/ National Council of Teachers of English, Chair Nominating Committee 2015-2016 / Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts/ North Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, President 2015-2016/ International Reading Association


Coming soon: Authentic Literacy Instruction: Empowering Secondary Students to Become Lifelong Readers, Writers, and Communicators by William Eastman and Amy Rasmussen. Published by Solution Tree. Available for pre-order April 2021.

Rasmussen, Amy, and William Eastman. “An Intervention Change-Up: Investing in Teacher Expertise to Transform Student Learning.” English Journal 107 (2018): 26-32.

Adams, M., Rasmussen, A., & Cato, H. (2011, Summer). An Educational Chop Shop (Nothing Illegal – Just a a Classroom Overhaul): Moving Learning for the Grade to Learning for Life. English in Texas, 41.1, 50-56.

Contact  Email  amyprasmussen@yahoo.com  Twitter  @amyrass Goodreads  Amy Rasmussen

All posts by Amy ©Amy Rasmussen, 2011 – 2021

Shana Karnes

SHANA KARNES, Blog Co-Administrator/Writer

Teachers are as diverse as our students. Every member of a classroom community–students AND teachers–has different backgrounds, goals, and hopes. I believe the value of the readers and writers workshop lies in the freedom allowed to both teachers and students in what, why, and how we read and write.  Students and teachers in classrooms across the country and across the curriculum deserve to have choice in their literacy experiences, emphasizing trust, independence, and autonomy–traits which will produce outstanding citizens, readers, writers, and thinkers.


National Council of Teachers of English / West Virginia Council of Teachers of English / National Writing Project at West Virginia University

Contact  Email  shanakarnes@gmail.com  Twitter  @litreader  Goodreads  Shana Karnes

Angela Faulhaber

Literacy Coach — Cincinnati, OH

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ANGELA FAULHABER, Blog Co-Administrator/Writer

I am a nerd. I love books and words and fancy pens. I love talking and thinking and dreaming about literacy. I have been teaching for 16 years, first as a classroom teacher, then as a National Writing Project Fellow and currently as a Literacy Consultant at the Hamilton County Educational Service Center and as an adjunct instructor for pre-service teachers. I am privileged to work with teachers in every stage of their careers and at multiple grade levels as we explore reading and writing workshop as a way to help students become lifelong readers and writers.

LISA DENNIS, Blog Co-Administrator/Writer

Lisa Dennis

I have always believed that reading and writing exemplify the study of what it means to be human. When students are able to experience humanity in all its forms, perspectives, time periods, conflicts, and beauty, they grow as both scholars and empathetic human beings. My journey with the workshop model is transforming my career, my classroom, and my connection with kids. It’s been incredible to see that with the freedom workshop affords, students are not only empowered in their study and use of language, but enthusiastic about it as well.


National Council of Teachers of English / Conference on English Leadership / Wisconsin Education Association  

Contact     Email  Lisadennibaum@gmail.com     Twitter  @LDennibaum
Goodreads Lisa Dennis 

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4 thoughts on “About Us

  1. Julianne Olson Wood October 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Hi, I am Julianne, and I am currently taking one of your workshops. I read about how you had teachers visit your classroom and observe. One teacher asked about having a student come to a reading conference with a question of his or her own. You wrote about finding the book The Fault in Our Stars. You referred to the book as being “tatooed” with sticky notes. I have taught my students to annotate a class set of book with sticky notes in the past. I also immensely desire that all of my students will develop a love of reading for the sake of reading. I also think that teaching a student to annotate is valuable as long as you say we don’t don’t do so “to death.” I acknowledge the danger of that. I remember the first time I bought my brand new college books, not knowing how much cheaper and smarter it was to buy used ones. When my professors told me to highlight in them and write in them, I thought I was going to faint. Once I became comfortable with it; however, I realized how I was connecting with the textbooks and my literature books. I was also majoring in Spanish and Journalism as well as English. Writing in my Spanish novels really helped me. I was wondering if you ever use annotation in the articles you assign if each student receives a copy? When I have my students read the books they have chosen, I do not require any written assignment with it. I just require an amount of time that they read their book Monday through Thursday. I have them do this for the same reason you have your students read; I do it with the hope they will love to read for the sake of reading.



  2. Cathy McCarthy March 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm Reply

    I find this blog inspirational and helpful. Thank you so much and keep up the great work.


  3. Norah September 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm Reply

    Hi all,
    Apologies. I didn’t mean to do it again, but obviously I am a big admirer of your blog.
    As I wish to let others know how much I enjoy reading your blog, I have (re-)nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award.
    You can check out the nomination in my post http://wp.me/p3O5Jj-k4 .
    Participation is your choice. If you wish to nominate bloggers who inspire you, the rules are provided there.
    Thanks for sharing so much wonderful content on your blog.
    Best wishes, Norah.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Norah August 5, 2014 at 6:20 am Reply

    I have nominated you for The Very Inspirational Blogger Award as I enjoy reading what you have to say about education. You have a lot to inspire other teachers and their students.
    You can check out the post in which I made the nomination here: http://wp.me/p3O5Jj-iM
    If you wish to pay the compliment forward, go to this post for the rules of participation: http://wp.me/p3O5Jj-hI
    Best wishes,


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