Margo M. Criscuola, Ph.D.
Literacy learning is fundamental to our mission as teachers. How can we help students tackle more demanding texts, achieve higher-order comprehension, write in more sophisticated ways on academic subjects? How can we enable them to be independent learners in all school subjects, and in life?
For many students at all levels, critical thinking is the missing skill. Students can't engage with an grasp what they read because they don't know how to think through difficulties, figure out meaning,
Researchers have long advocated teaching for critical thinking. Over many years' work in schools, I've seen the difference it can make in students' learning. The challenge has been to make it happen in every class, for every student--especially for those who need it most.
To me, that means translating the known strategies for improving thinking into strategies teachers can readily incorporate into their practice and use fluently and confidently.
That is my goal in my practice and in this website. Here you will find:
Thinking--The Core of Literacy Learning. These pages explain basic elements of thinking strategies that you can bring to your classroom right away.
Professional Development goes beyond the workshop. School support, coaching in classroom instruction and lesson planning, and professional discussions all help teachers adapt new strategies to their own teaching styles.
School Growth Planning and Assessment give teachers and schools leaders a structure of support as they implement new practices. School staff collaborate using relevant data to guide change from initial needs assessment to full implementation.
Curriculum Aids form a bridge between new strategies and confident independent use. They include curriculum outlines and lesson plans based on Common Core State Standards, designed to help teachers plan their own unique instruction in literacy thinking skills.
I hope that in some or all of these ways you'll let me join you in strengthening literacy learning!