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Ardith Cole

Ardith Davis Cole is a teacher, author, and literacy consultant with 30 years of public school experience. Her work focuses on collaborative methods. "Getting more dialogue into our classrooms and schools is a key to success." she explains, "I believe that I write and speak from the heart and mind of a teacher. I've spent so many wonderful years in the classroom. I've taught students of all ages and worked alongside teachers and kids as a literacy coach." She has also shared her methods and supported educators in other ways—as a university adjunct, an officer in professional literacy organizations, as well as, an independent literacy consultant for schools and organizations throughout North America and abroad. Several professional communities have recognized her dedication by honoring her with local, state and national awards, including the University of Buffalo's Outstanding Alumni Award. She also holds a Ph. D. in Reading from the University of Buffalo. Many have heard her celebrate: "I love being a teacher!" That love has inspired several books and a number of articles (see the following).

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Books by Ardith Davis Cole:

  • Better Answers: Written Performance that Looks Good and Sounds Smart (2nd ed.) Stenhouse 2009
  • Right-Answer Writing: The Process and the Prompt, Heinemann 2007
  • Knee-to-Knee, Eye-to-Eye: Circling in on Comprehension, Heinemann 2003
  • When Reading Begins: The Teacher's Role in Decoding, Comprehension, and Fluency, Heinemann 2004
  • Better Answers: Written Performance that Looks Good and Sounds Smart, Stenhouse 2002
  • Literacy Activities for Building Classroom Communities, Pippin Publishing 1998

Articles by Ardith Davis Cole:

  • "It's the Teacher, Not the Program," Commentary in Education Week Commentary, 2003
  • "Scaffolding beginning readers: Micro and macro cues teachers use during student oral reading," The Reading Teacher, February 2008
  • "Writing: An Unexamined Gatekeeper," Education Week Commentary, March 2007
  • "Essays on Tests: Making Writing the 'Gatekeeper' of Content Areas," Education Week Commentary, January 2002
  • "The Phonics Network: A Channel for Concern," Language and Literacy Spectrum, September 1998
  • "What Do You Notice?" Reading Teacher, January 1989

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