Kirsten Widmer worked in New York City Public schools as both a teacher and literacy coach implementing a model for balanced literacy practices that served as a visitation site for teachers and administrators from across the country. After working as a Literacy Coach, she joined the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, helping to develop the middle school division. She co-authored Workshops That Work!: 30 Days of Minilessons, for upper elementary and middle school teachers launching reading and writing workshops in their classrooms. Kirsten co-founded The Living Literacy Network to support school districts in co-authoring curriculum, and implementing reading and writing workshop.