Randi Whitney, a 25-year educator (Goose Creek ISD and Pasadena ISD), began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher until she was asked to move to fifth grade to help students with writing. Taking on the challenge with a mindset that Language Arts should have manipulatives, too, Whitney began developing activities to teach the toughest and most abstract concepts within reading and writing. Before long, her students began loving to read with enthusiasm and write with VOICE. Upon unlocking these mysteries with Teach BIG methodology, Whitney became a much sought-after educator, speaker, author, and trainer. The last twenty years have been spent inspiring fellow teachers by keeping up with new brain-based techniques, writing over 50 books, obtaining multiple trademarks, and spreading her vision to Teach BIG – Believe In Greatness.
Whitney knows the importance of marrying reading and writing in the classroom, and she is thrilled that they are finally going to be intertwined in the future testing in Texas. After digging deep and studying states which are currently combining the two powerhouse content areas, Whitney is delivering the in-service she has been wanting to share for years-Raising the B.A.R.R. Brief Answer Reading Response. Her countless years of in-depth research is saving busy teachers and supervisors precious time. Visit Whitney’s website, readingWRITE.org to see how this training adds to the extensive repertoire of services that Whitney’s company, The Writing Academy, has to offer for reading and writing such as: Vertically Aligned Teacher Campus Trainings, trainings at her Convention Center & Retreat in Kemah, TX, Student CAMPs, 4-Day Summer Institutes, Live Stream Classroom Lessons, Educator Online Courses, and Student Online Courses. Her unique delivery in encouraging teachers to “Teach BIG” while using her strategies to make their students successful has become her trademark across Texas. “Reading and Writing are always best when they use each other to accomplish a common goal.” – Randi Whitney