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Sunday Cummins enjoys a break from writing with a cup of tea

Introducing Sunday Cummins

As the author of several professional books, including her latest release, Close Reading of Informational Sources (Guilford, 2019), Dr. Sunday Cummins brings her in depth expertise to elementary and middle schools across the country. She is a graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University and has a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana. She has worked as a teacher and literacy coach in public schools and as an assistant professor at National Louis University. Sunday continues to teach and learn alongside educators as she offers custom on site professional learning experiences with a focus on students reading and writing in response to different types of informational sources including traditional texts, video and infographics.

There are several ways Sunday offers support to educators

Sunday spending time with her daughter and cat

Series of learning labs across the school year. These are face-to-face experiences in schools with teachers and their students that can include the following:

  • Analyzing student data (e.g., written responses, informal reading inventories, etc.) together to determine teaching points
  • Planning lessons together
  • Giving demonstration lessons
  • Coaching teachers in real-time as they teach

Data-driven workshops on selected topics. These experiences are tailored to meet the needs of teachers and their students. Possible topics include:

  • Teaching reading with a variety of informational sources
  • Supporting students as they respond in writing
  • Assessing students' understanding and coaching in the moment
  • Nurturing students' thinking across sources
  • Planning and evaluating units of study in language arts and content areas with sets of informational sources