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M. Colleen Cruz, Consulting AuthorM. Colleen Cruz, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

  • Reading and writing instruction
  • Creating mistake-welcoming classrooms
  • Literacy and Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)
  • Supporting students with dyslexia inside general education settings
  • Culturally affirming and sustaining knowledge building
  • Digital reading and writing
  • General education and special education school-wide cohesion
  • Upper grade and middle school phonics instruction
  • Content-area and literacy integration

Speaker Profile

M. Colleen Cruz is a fierce advocate for the students and teachers with whom she shares her passion for accessibility, twenty-first-century learning, and social justice. An educator with more than two decades of experience in both general education and inclusive settings, Colleen is also the author of several books for teachers including Risk. Fail. Rise. A Teacher’s Guide to Learning from Mistakes and The Unstoppable Writing Teacher, as well as the author of a young adult novel, Border Crossing, a Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Finalist. Additionally, Colleen co-edits (with Nell Duke) the Not This But That series, a popular series of books that pairs research and practice.

Colleen has served as a senior staff developer and later the Director of Innovation at Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, Columbia University. She currently supports organizations, districts, and schools that want to bring her unique combination of integrity, humor, real-world practicality, and a rare depth and breadth of scholarship to their communities.

Grades: K–12