Social Studies Coaching
Maria has substantial experience coaching social studies teachers in grades K-12 in the literacy work of their discipline. Maria helps teachers think about how to balance teaching the content and the literacy strategies that are key to ensuring their students can access challenging and complex social studies material and write to demonstrate their learning. Maria has worked extensively alongside school leaders, coaches, and teachers, helping them align what the NCSS curriculum standards call for students to know and be able to do with what the CCSS standards say about reading and writing in social studies. Maria is able to offer a variety of practical and concrete strategies for social studies teachers to use to help their students read and comprehend complex historical texts and documents. Maria also has a strong background in planning for teaching students how to successfully write expository and argumentative papers. Her expertise has helped teachers stay true to their commitment to teaching students what it means to be a literate student of history.