After 32 years of being paid to be delighted, Kathy King-Dickman retired 4 years ago to dedicate all of her time to her literacy consulting work. During her career she taught many different grade levels of elementary classrooms, Title I Reading, Special Education Resource Room, middle school literacy, and has been a Literacy Coach and Consultant for the past twenty-five years. She mostly taught in schools where the ELA students out numbered those proficient with the English Language. She is an instructor for Western State College University's Summer Teacher Institute and teaches courses for Adams State University's Extended Studies Program. Her presentations at CCIRA fill up within weeks of being advertised and she has presented on two occasions at Richard C. Owen's National Learning Network Literacy Conference. Kathy works part time for The Center for the Collaborative Classroom out of Oakland, CA sharing their literacy program's Making Meaning, Being a Writer, and Being a Reader with elementary and middle schools around the country. She also shares her writing curriculum as well as training in Readers' Workshop with schools around the country.
Kathy believes that learning should be constructive, active, engaging, and fun, while honoring all levels of students/teachers in the room. She believes schools should be places where students do the talking and thinking and teachers only facilitate this work leaving themselves out of the center of the stage as much as possible. The belief that ALL students are capable of making huge gains in literacy drives her work with all learners.
Honors she has won include Teacher of the Year for three different school districts, San Luis Valley Teacher of the Year, and San Luis Valley Teacher of the Month. She is also the recipient of The Elaine Child's Award for Exceptional Contribution to Teaching of Reading. She has recently published four articles and publishes a regular blog series: Engaging the Disengaged.(collaborativeclassroom.org). Her middle school earned the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award on three occasions and were labeled a School of Excellence while using her writing curriculum and following her Reader's Workshop model.
B.A. Elementary Education M.A. Special Education
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English Language Arts, Balanced Literacy, Creative Writing, Writing-Expository, Reading, ELA Test Prep, Literature, Writing, Reading Strategies, Writing-Essays, Poetry, Informational Text, Phonics, Close Reading