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Harvey "Smokey" Daniels

The author or coauthor of 18 books for teachers, Harvey Daniels, also known as “Smokey,” has been a professor, researcher, consultant, and teacher coach over his 43-year career. These days, he serves as a conference speaker, school district consultant, and demonstration teacher in schools around the U.S. and Canada. In 2012, Smokey was presented with the NCTE Exemplary Leader Award.

See Smokey reveal his best-kept secret to Ellin Keene.


  • Classroom Engagement
  • Collaboration, and Social Skills
  • Inquiry Circles
  • Literature Circles
  • Strategies for Teaching Reading in Content Areas
  • Strategies for Teaching Writing in Content Areas



  • Comprehension, Collaboration, and Inquiry: This practical, hands-on workshop answers questions raised by concerned teachers across the country: How can I make sure my students understand, remember, and apply the content they read in social studies, science, and language arts? How can I help them to handle increasingly complex text through the year, as the outcomes require? And even more, how can I stir kids' curiosity, so that they engage deeply in big ideas, build knowledge through their schooling, and ultimately, act wisely as citizens?
  • Drawing on his three recent books, Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading; Content Area Writing; and Comprehension and Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels will show you how kids can think better around challenging nonfiction and fiction texts, and how they can use writing as a tool for learning in all classrooms. After reviewing the cognitive strategies used by proficient readers, writers, and inquirers, Smokey will engage you in a variety of reading and writing demonstrations and mini-lessons that are adaptable across grade levels and subject areas.
  • Smokey will show you how to organize productive small-group reading and writing activities that replace more passive large group discussions and end of the chapter quizzes with productive, accountable talk: The workshop will also review the typical array of school reading assignments, showing how to extend students' range, supplementing textbooks with real-world nonfiction text from print and internet sources. Finally, Smokey will demonstrate a new structure called "inquiry circles" that organizes small teams of students into curricular investigations that build deep understanding, ensure differentiation, and tap students' energy and curiosity.

Program Highlights

  • three keys to growing proficient, lifelong readers and learners
  • how smart readers think-and how skilled writers compose
  • mini-lessons that support students before, during, and after reading and writing
  • scaffolding students up a stairway of increasingly complex text
  • writing as a tool of reading comprehension and discussion
  • broadening students' reading diets
  • how to use a textbook more effectively-and less often
  • broadening students' reading diets, and building text sets of engaging material
  • explicitly teaching the social skills of small group discussion
  • supporting struggling readers and language learners
  • formative and summative assessments of kids' growth as readers, writers, thinkers, and collaborators