Learning Cultures Curriculum, Developed by NYU Steinhardt Professor, Boosting Student Successes in New York City Public Schools


Cynthia Callister’s instructional method is currently being implemented in 10 schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens and is being associated with gains in academic achievement.

Learning Cultures Curriculum, Developed by NYU Steinhardt Professor, Boosting Student Successes in New York City Public Schools
According to McCallister, when students are made aware of high learning expectations and given responsibility, independence, and autonomy in pursuing goals, they are more intent on success and likely to succeed. That is the foundation of Learning Cultures.

Read together. Stop. Encourage. These are the three rules of Unison Reading, the foundation of the Learning Cultures Curriculum developed by Cynthia McCallister, a professor within the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development’s Department of Teaching and Learning. A comprehensive school reform model, McCallister’s instructional method is currently being implemented in 10 schools in Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens and is based on the idea that student-directed and student-engaged activities are the primary context for classroom learning.

“In Unison Reading, students read in sync until one student breaches or stops the group. Maybe it’s a word that he or she doesn’t know, or a concept that’s difficult to understand. The student can knock on the desk or simply say, ‘stop.’” said McCallister. “The conversation then turns to addressing the breach. The reading can’t continue until the breach is resolved. Students have to work togeth 500

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