December 23, 2018
I had the privilege of working with Colleen Cruz in New York City for ten years. During this time, she served as a staff developer for Teachers College/Columbia University, supporting the teaching of writing and reading in the school where I taught. I moved out of state and continued to implement what I had learned in my new teaching position, and my students’ scores went up two grade levels after the first year! I credit the focus on writing that Ms. Cruz helped me develop in my practice. This book is a treasure and is put together with the greatest of care. There is a script for each lesson for your guidance and inspiration. There is also a link in the book to extremely helpful videos that demonstrate the method in action. The writing lessons are matched with reading lessons that would naturally follow. Part of the key is that the students LOVE learning this way. If you have to choose one book to jumpstart or strengthen your teaching of literacy, this is the one. Thank you, Colleen!