Use these tools to set up word-crafting contexts that connect the study of words to authentic reading and writing. Craft a word study program that turns your students into more than good spellers-they'll be fine word crafters.
Cindy Marten has used her reflective approach to teaching and learning for nine years as a classroom teacher and six years as a literacy specialist. She is deeply committed to creating conditions and opportunities, both in and out of school, for all children to become actively literate members of a democratic society. Her passion for her work led her to serve as president of the San Diego Council of Literacy Professionals. The International Reading Association has honored her with the Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Award. Marten is vice-principal of Central Elementary School, San Diego City Schools, and consults in other districts about writing and spelling instruction.
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