Hi, my name is Matt Renwick, and I’m glad you’re here!

A little about me:

  • Dad to two teenagers and husband to Jodi, a special education teacher

  • Constant gardener and currently recovering my identity as an athlete

  • Former classroom teacher and currently serve as a school principal.

  • Writer and community manager

  • Author of books on instructional leadership and technology integration

  • Former senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Superior

Photo: Visiting a favorite author’s home town (my son is walking in the background)

Next are a few anticipated questions and responses about this space.

#1 - What can I expect from Read by Example?

Every Friday, I post a free newsletter to all subscribers that includes:

  • My current thinking on leadership and/or literacy.

  • Resources I’ve found useful and relevant for educators.

  • Additional opportunities for Community Members (full subscriber tier) and Literacy Leaders (founding tier members).

Free subscribers can upgrade to a tier at any time.

#2 - What specific benefits come with each tier?

My current project is enrolling in a doctoral program for educational leadership. The goal is to build my capacity to help colleagues lead their own learning and become students of their own practice. (Here is one example.) What I learn, I bring back to this space in the form of better posts and opportunities to learn for everyone.

You can support this project and our work with a paid subscription.

“Matt Renwick’s newsletter is rich with research support, specific ideas and insight into the WHY, WHAT and HOW of literacy. I HIGHLY recommend a subscription to all educators.”

- Dr. Mary Howard, Author, Good to Great Teaching: Focusing on the Literacy Work That Matters and RtI from All Sides: What Every Teacher Needs to Know

Tier 2: Community Member (Full Subscriber, $75/year)*

This tier is dedicated to supporting educators in cycles of collaborative inquiry:

  1. At the beginning of the month, a discussion thread is posted around a common text. The following questions are posed to guide conversation:

    1. “Do I believe this is true, and why?”

    2. “How might I be wrong?”

    3. “How will I lead today?”

  2. Mid-month, a virtual meeting hosted by Matt is scheduled to discuss the text more in-depth (which will be recorded and later released as a podcast episode).

  3. At the end of the month, a resource, strategy, and/or tool to help try and apply the new idea/approach related to the text will be shared with everyone.

These monthly mini-studies are designed to build knowledge, model professional conversation, and promote self-reflection and professional renewal.

“Thank YOU for the incredible experience. I don’t think I’d realized until I joined the first session how much I needed a group of not-the-same-colleagues to learn from. It was energizing!”

- Debra Crouch, literacy consultant and co-author (with Brian Cambourne), Made for Learning: How the Conditions of Learning Guide Teaching Decisions

In addition, Community Members have access to Chat: a private community/social media to share wins, bring joy to each other’s work, and reduce isolation in our work.

Sign up today to receive all posts directly in your inbox.

*Group Subscriptions

For schools or districts with at least two educators who are full subscribers, a 20% discount is available.

“I had the privilege of facilitating admin PD with Matt Renwick—if you aren't keeping up with his work, you're missing out.”

- Dr. Justin Baeder, Director, The Principal Center & Author, Now We're Talking! 21 Days to High-Performance Instructional Leadership

Tier 3: Literacy Leader (Founding Member, $200/year)

In addition to everything at the Community Member tier:

  • Gotta minute?” - Call or text me with a brief question and you need another perspective. (I will share my Google Voice number.)

  • Schedule a time to meet with me via Google Meet to talk about what’s going on in your world.

    • Limited to two 30-minute meetings per year on a topic or issue of your choice.

    • Upon request, schedule more virtual meetings at an additional cost.

Subscribe today to receive these benefits and support our collective work.

Thank you to paid subscribers for supporting this space. If you are planning to use school funds, you can use a version of this email template when making your request.

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Matt Renwick

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