M. Colleen Cruz

Writer, Educator, Consultant

Bend Your Knees and Brace Yourself

November 8, 2015

Tags: unexpected life events, teaching is tough, pessimism is positive

Those of you who follow my Twitter feed or read this blog might have noticed Iíve been mostly missing for the last 6 months.

Itís because Life came at me like a hurricane to a drought-savaged land. Storming with much welcomed water, while also destroying a lot of what lay in itís (more…)

Selected Works

A book that addresses some of the most common and challenging struggles a teacher of writing might face - and offers solutions
Professional Literature
A practical resource for 3rd grade teachers looking to teach writing workshop
A practical resource for 4th grade teachers looking to teach writing workshop.
A practical book and quick read from Heinemann's Help Desk Imprint
Co-written with Lucy Calkins, this book is a part of the Units of Study First Hand Series from Heinemann.
Designed for teachers, this book discusses the ins and outs of teaching students to cultivate independent writing lives.
Young Adult Novel
A finalist for the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, this book follows the story of Cesi as she embarks on a journey to Mexico in order to learn more about her family, and herself.