Cris Tovani

Teacher, Author, Literacy Consultant

Cris has taught grades one through twelve for over 34 years.  She continues to study the “knowing-doing” gap to figure out how to help readers of all levels. She is an internationally known consultant who focuses her workshops on disciplinary literacy, comprehension strategies, assessment practices that inform instruction, and planning for engagement.

Ways to Work with Cris

About Cris

Cris has taught grades one through twelve for over 34 years.  She continues to study the “knowing-doing” gap to figure out how to help readers of all levels. Between writing books and articles, creating content for teacher resources, and sharing her wisdom on social media and podcasts, Cris does everything she can to be a member of and help the teaching community.

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Read about Cris’ students and how they use strategies Cris models to increase their understanding and engagement.

Good readers know how to monitor comprehension and repair it when meaning breaks down.

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Read about the ways Cris uses disciplinary reading strategies to help students access content.

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Cris uses assessment strategies to help her students know what learning needs to comes next.

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An argument for the transition to planning for kids to do the work vs. a teaching-as-telling approach.

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Watch and learn how Cris uses teaching comprehension strategies to confer, engage, differentiate, and assess students of all ages.

A four-part series showing Cris in the teaching environment and giving examples for how to work with students of all reading levels.

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A program that allows teachers to enter Cris’ classroom and see how she and her colleagues improve reading skills across the curriculum.

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A complementary video to So What Do They Really Know that explores techniques for students who lack stamina with difficult texts.

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What Do We Do?

Literacy Labs

Teaching and learning a new approach to reading, reflecting, and discussing professional texts.


Books & Videos

A writer and a teacher, Cris has several books and videos outlining her approach to helping implement her strategies.


Hand-picked articles, podcasts, and links to help guide you in your journey as educators. 

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