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Literacy Instruction

Improving student learning by implementing best practices in English language arts, content area literacy, and disciplinary literacies.
Literacy is key to life-long learning. It unlocks educational opportunities and opens doors to new learning experiences. When students become stronger readers, writers, speakers, listeners, viewers, and creators, they also become deeper thinkers.
Throughout her career, Honor has continually sought out teaching strategies that support ​students in developing these skills. As a former English language arts teacher, university instructor of pre-service English teachers, and district literacy specialist, she is always eager to share best practices in literacy instruction with K-12 educators across all content areas.
Honor currently serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Education at Trinity University where she teaches a blended learning course in “Teaching Reading: Literacy in the Content Areas.”

Significant Experiences

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Education, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 2015-2016, 2017-present
  • Developed and currently teaching “Literacy in the Content Areas,” a blended learning course for the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
  • Mentored Master of Arts in Teaching interns in high school English Language Arts.

 

Co-Director and Teacher Consultant, San Antonio Writing Project, 2007-2011, 2015-2016
  • Planned, coordinated, and facilitated professional development projects including Invitational Summer Institutes and Annual Conferences.
  • Co-hosted the 2008 National Writing Project Annual Meeting.
  • Planned and facilitated the San Antonio Writing Marathon, a program highlight of the 2008 National Writing Project Annual Meeting.

 

Reviewer, ReadWriteThink.org Lesson Plans, 2006-2013

Reviewed and provided feedback on lesson plans submitted for publication.

 

Associate Editor, Voices from the Middle, NCTE’s middle-level journal, 2006-2011
  • Co-wrote calls for submissions and letters from the editor.
  • Assisted in selection of articles for publication.
  • Revised and edited articles according to APA and NCTE guidelines.

 

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Education, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 2007-2010

Developed and taught “Reading Instruction in the Middle Grades,” a course in literacy across the content areas for all pre-service secondary teachers.

 

Senior Lecturer and Supervisor of Student Teaching, Department of English, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 2007-2008
  • Developed and taught “English Methods: Pedagogy for the Teaching of English.”
  • Mentored student teachers in middle and high school English Language Arts placements.

 

Secondary Literacy Specialist, North East Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, 2005-2007
  • Designed and led professional development sessions for English Language Arts and Reading teachers, grades 6-12.
  • Facilitated and participated in district-level curriculum-writing projects.
  • Coached principals and academic deans at two high schools and four middle schools around leadership and supports needed to improve instruction in English Language Arts and Reading.
  • Supported English Language Arts and Reading teachers in curriculum, instruction, and assessment through modeling, observation and feedback, and collaboration.

 

Clinical Faculty, Department of Education, Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1998-2005

Mentored four Master of Arts in Teaching interns and thirteen undergraduate practicum students in the English Language Arts classroom.

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Areas of Expertise

Arts Integration

Close and Critical Reading

Content Area Literacy

Conversation Strategies

Discussion Protocols

Genre Studies

Grammar Instruction

Literary Criticism

Mentor Texts

Novels in Verse

Poetry for Children and Young Adults

Primary Sources

Reading Comprehension

Reading Workshop Model

Reading/Writing Connections

Six Traits Writing Instruction

STAAR Reading

STAAR Writing

Strategic Revision

Supporting English Language Learners

Teachers as Writers

Vocabulary Instruction

Writers’ Notebooks

Writing Across the Curriculum

Writing to Learn

Writing Portfolios

Writing Process

Writing Workshop Model

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Publications

“Voices Carry: A Content Analysis of Voices from the Middle.” Voices from the Middle, 18.4, (2011): 9-16.

 

“Finding a ‘Place’ in the World of Books, Developing a Sense of ‘Self’ as a Reader: A Case Study of a Ninth-Grade Student in an Upward Bound Summer Program.” ALAN Review, 35.2 (2008): 5-15.

 

“An Insider’s Perspective on the National Spelling Bee: An Interview with James Maguire.” Voices from the Middle, 15.3 (2008): 16-24.

 

“Using Popular Culture Texts and Multi-Modal Literacy to Teach Strategic Reading.” English in Texas, 37.1 (2007): 25-30.

 

“Teaching with Passion, Learning by Choice.” English Journal, 96.4 (2007): 33-38.

 

“Backing into Ekphrasis: Reading and Writing Poetry about Visual Art.” English Journal, 96.1 (2006): 46-53.

 

“Have Postcards, Will Teach.” Classroom Notes Plus, 23.2 (2005): 1-3.

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Services

Instructional and leadership coaching, professional development
workshops and webinars, curriculum writing and editing.

Educator Coaching

Instructional and leadership coaching, best practice implementation, and continual growth and improvement.

Professional Learning

Professional development workshops, institutes, presentations, webinars, and learning resources.

Curriculum Development

Curriculum and assessment design, writing, and editing for K-12 students and for educator professional development.