Learning Cultures Curriculum, Developed by NYU Steinhardt Professor, Boosting Student Successes in New York City Public Schools
Mar 28, 2012
Mar 28, 2012
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.
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.
“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
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