Lynne Dorfman was a literacy coach for the Upper Moreland School District where she taught for 38 years. She serves the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project as a Co-director and is an adjunct professor at Arcadia University. She has served as a member of the Writing Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Together with Rose Cappelli, Lynne has authored three books on the teaching of writing published by Stenhouse Publishers. In addition, Lynne and Rose wrote a chapter on mentor texts for the IRA publication, Write Now! Empowering Writers in Today’s K-6 Classroom (2014). Currently, she has written a fourth book with Diane Dougherty for Stenhouse, Grammar Matters: Lessons, Tips, and Conversations Using Mentor Texts, K-6. The second edition of Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Through Children’s Literature, K-6 is available May 2017. A Closer Look: Learning About Our Writers with Formative Assessment, K-6, co-authored with Diane Dougherty, was published fall 2017. Her newest book, Welcome to Writing Workshop: Engaging Today’s Students with a Model That Works (2019), is co-authored by Stacey Shubitz.
Lynne has a B.A. in Elementary Education from Beaver College, an M.A. in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University as well as a a K-6 Supervisory Certificate, a Reading Specialist Certification from La Salle University, and a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Immaculata University. She is a proud 1989 fellow of the Pennsylvania Writing Project and a 1990 fellow of Philadelphia Writing Project. She enjoys attending Continuity sessions, helping to organize PAWLPdays for the Project, and participating in three writing groups.
Lynne is currently Co-President for KSLA Brandywine Valley Forge and serves on an ad hoc committee for KSLA as an editor for PA Reads (KSLA journal). She is also co-secretary of the Eta Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa where she also co-chairs the World Understanding Committee. In July 2021, she will serve as a delegate for her chapter and attend the ADK International Conference in a virtual format.
Lynne has conducted staff development workshops on various topics related to literacy learning for districts in many Pennsylvania counties, and has presented at many local reading councils in Pennsylvania as well as KSLA, NCTE, NWP, RRCNA, PCTELA, CCIRA, CARR, WSRA, and ILA Conferences. See her at the Millersville Writing Institute this June for a poetry workshop and at PCTELA, the Illinois Reading Council Conference, and KSLA Conferences in the fall. She is writing a new book for Stenhouse with Brenda Krupp called Welcome to Reading Workshop.
When Lynne has free time, she likes to work in the garden, walk the Welsh Corgis, write for her blog, or read a good book. She and her husband vacation on Long Beach Island in New Jersey each year. You can also find her on MiddleWeb, Write,Share.Connect (the PAWLP blog), lynnedorfmanblog,wordpress.com, and @LynneRDorfman (twitter).