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Cooperative Unison Reading: A Socio-Cultural Instructional Method, K-12

Cooperative Unison Reading: A Socio-Cultural Instructional Method, K-12

by Cynthia McCallister

In a new e-book, by Cynthia McCallister, is a brief guide to the Cooperative Unison Reading approach. It provides an innovative angle on reading instruction by looking at the reading process as a cooperative human process and applying theories from science that explain cooperation. 

McCallister also looks at the reading process as a form of action, as opposed to the accumulation of discrete skills that are accumulated through linearly transmitted instruction. 

The book is packed with practical applications of the method to real classroom situations, and comes alive with media assets such as audio and slideshows. 

Even if you don't buy the book, you can access a free chapter that provides a training guide to the Cooperative Unison Reading method, led by an expert teacher in the method, Tara Silva. 

The book is a companion to the online course, Cooperative Unison Reading/Mindful Reading, found on www.LearningCultures.net. 

Visit the book's url and get yourself a copy today! 

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Learning Cultures Is...

Learning Cultures Is...

by Cynthia McCallister

Teacher practitioners of the Learning Cultures approach describe what Learning Cultures means to them in this short video montage.

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'Integrative Math'

'Integrative Math'

by Cynthia McCallister

Summer 2016. A new instructional procedure, developed by Cynthia McCallister, called Integrative Math©, combines elements of Cooperative Unison Reading®: and modes of representation Jerome Bruner presented in his book, Toward A Theory of Instruction (1974). Students use the rules of Unison to read story problems. Then, using manipulatives, crayons, markers, and stories, they integrate enactive, iconic, and symbolic modes of representation, strengthening their mathematical thinking.

 

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Cooperative Unison Reading: A Socio-Cultural Instructional Method, K-12

Cooperative Unison Reading: A Socio-Cultural Instructional Method, K-12

by Cynthia McCallister

2016. Cynthia McCallister offers a brief guide to the Cooperative Unison Reading approach. It provides an innovative angle on reading instruction by looking at the reading process as a cooperative human process and applying theories from science that explain cooperation. McCallister also looks at the reading process as a form of action, as opposed to the accumulation of discrete skills that are accumulated through linearly transmitted instruction. https://www.inkling.com/store/book/mccallister-cooperative-unison-reading-1st/.

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What is Learning Cultures?

What is Learning Cultures?

by cynthia mcccallister

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Revealing a Hidden Talent: Isaac Tejeda's Hunger for the 'Taste of Glory' (and a glimpse of what's possible for urban students everywhere)

Revealing a Hidden Talent: Isaac Tejeda's Hunger for the 'Taste of Glory' (and a glimpse of what's possible for urban students everywhere)

by cynthia mcccallister

July, 2016. Cynthia McCallister had a conversation with Isaac Tejeda, a recent graduate from Urban Assembly High School for Green Careers, where he experienced the Learning Cultures curriculum in every class he took.

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High School for Green Careers Graduates Class of 2016!

High School for Green Careers Graduates Class of 2016!

by cynthia mcccallister

2013-2015. Read how we implemented Learning Cultures as a comprehensive school turnaround strategy at Urban Assembly High School for Green Careers, in 2013 NYC's 4th lowest performing high school with a 39% graduation rate. By 2016 it was among one of NYC's 7% top performing schools with over 60% of students graduating.

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The Boulder Has Shifted at Brooklyn's Urban Assembly Unison School

The Boulder Has Shifted at Brooklyn's Urban Assembly Unison School

by cynthia mcccallister

2013-2014. When Emily Jarrell became the principal at The Urban Assembly Unison School, her first experience in the role of principal, she knew she had a heavy lift in front of her. In fact, reflecting with a couple of staff members one afternoon in the first week of school, she was heard to have said, “Resilience or die.” The experience of heaviness at first felt overwhelming to Emily and all of her staff. But soon it began to take shape metaphorically, and the teachers began to refer to school culture as a boulder that needed to be moved.

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P.S. 443: The Family School, South Bronx

P.S. 443: The Family School, South Bronx

by cynthia mcccallister

2011-2013. I had the pleasure to work with the children who attend The Family School in the South Bronx, who are from Africa, the Caribbean, and Central America, among other places. They loved opportunities to share stories and read together in Unison. And dramatic gains in achievement reflected their engagement.

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High School for Language and Innovation Graduates Its First Class: The First Group of Students to Have Learning Cultures for Four Years

High School for Language and Innovation Graduates Its First Class: The First Group of Students to Have Learning Cultures for Four Years

by cynthia mcccallister

2011-2015. Beginning from it's first year, starting with a small class of 9th graders, I helped the staff build the school around the Learning Cultures model, where it was used to structure academic programs and curriculum in all subjects. In 2013 the school graduated it's first class. 

 

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Cooperative Unison Reading: Socially-Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement

Cooperative Unison Reading: Socially-Inclusive Group Instruction for Equity and Achievement

by cynthia mcccallister

Circa 2011. Cooperative Unison Reading is the crown jewel of the Learning Cultures framework. It is a method that all kids of any age or language background can easily follow to access a text and share ideas together. It promotes cooperation, self-regulation, and mindfulness. It's super fun, and kids develop reading skills and social-emotional well-being.

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Learning Cultures School-Wide Pilot in ELA Classrooms: P.S. 126/Manhattan Academy of Technology, Pre-K-8

Learning Cultures School-Wide Pilot in ELA Classrooms: P.S. 126/Manhattan Academy of Technology, Pre-K-8

by cynthia mcccallister

2007-2012. As a coach of all teachers, pre-K through 8th grade, I had an opportunity to witness the power of the practices I had invented when they were implemented on a large scale. And I had the chance to systematize procedures in order to develop consistency and coherence building-wide. This opportunity led to helped me articulate Learning Cultures.

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School Reform and Parent Involvement at the Haywood Burns School, P.S. 176 in Northern Manhattan

School Reform and Parent Involvement at the Haywood Burns School, P.S. 176 in Northern Manhattan

by cynthia mcccallister

Circa 1996. I moved to NYC as a young mother with school-age kids, enthusiastic to be part of a new, progressive, public school effort and hopeful that they would receive a good education. My hopes were dashed. And the first chapter of my book as a school reformer in New York City began.

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Kindergarten Teaching: My Beginning

Kindergarten Teaching: My Beginning

by cynthia mcccallister

Circa 1989. Learning Cultures was born on the first day I started my job as a kindergarten teacher. As a new teacher, and an ethnographer of emergent writers, I studied my students as they played with texts and shared their writing with one another in the early days of Writing Share.

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