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Kathy Tuchman Glass is a former teacher who now consults and coaches nationally at schools and districts, presents at conferences, and conducts seminars for university and county programs. She tailors and delivers professional development in areas affecting curriculum and instruction, such as: unit and lesson design (including a backward design approach) aligned to content area standards, differentiated instruction, ELA Common Core Standards, close reading, varied instructional strategies, curriculum mapping, six traits, writing instruction and various literacy topics, and more. To help educators directly translate what she teaches into effective classroom practice that impacts students, Kathy customizes on-site and remote coaching professional development situations to meet clients' needs (e.g., presentations, lesson demonstrations, coaching, collaborative unit design, etc.). She also is the author of several books shown below. Access this link for a comprehensive list of topics.



  • Shoreline Unified School District inservice for K-5 (Pt. Reyes Station, CA): January 9 and March 6, 2015

  • Pawling Central School District (6-12) unit and lesson design presentation and coaching (Pawling, NY): February 17-20; February 23. 2015 

  • ASCD Annual Conference presenter "Fostering and Assessing Student Understanding of Complex Text" (Houston, TX): March 22, 2015

  • "How to Develop Students' Argumentative Writing Skills" webinar:  April 21, 2015 at 1:00-3:00 EST; register here

  • Sanger Unified School District (K-12) "Unit and Lesson Design" (Sanger, CA): June 16-19, 2015

  • Mercer County Schools (K-8) "Hands-On Instructional Strategies for ELA Common Core Implementation" (Princeton, WV): June 23-26, 2015

  • Pawling Central School District (6-12) Coaching for unit and lesson design (Pawling, NY): June 29 & 30, 2015 


  • International Literacy Assocation (ILA) Annual Conference presenter "Engaging Strategies and Assessments for Teaching Complex Text" (St. Louis, MO): July 18, 2015


  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Differentiated instruction inservice for Park Youth Collaborative Program Staff (San Franciisco, CA): August 6, 2015

  • Tustin Unfied School District (6-12) "Introduction to Mapping and (Re)Designing Units" and "Instructional Strategies for Teaching Writing" (Tustin, CA): August 11 and 18, 2015 and October 16, 2015


  • Gridley Unified School District (K-8) "ELA Common Core Standards Overview" (Gridley, CA): August 26, 2015


  • Mercer County Schools (5-8)"Argumentation Writing" (Princeton, WV): October 10, 2015

  • Learning Forward Annual Conference presenter "Engaging, Effective Strategies and Assessments to Teach Writing" (Washington, DC): December 8, 2015


  • Sonoma County Office of Education "Nonfiction Writing in the Content Areas, Grades 6-12" Series (Sonoma, CA): October 2 and 29, 2015; January 6 and March 8, 2016


  • ASCD Annual Conference presenter "Fostering and Assessing Student Understanding of Complex Text" (Atlanta, GA): April 3, 2016


  • International Literacy Assocation (ILA) Annual Conference presenter "Engaging Strategies, Assessments, & Lesson Sequence for Teaching Complex Text Across Content Areas" (Boston, MA): July 11, 2016


  • WestEd SchoolsMovingUp webinar: "Designing Quality Units Aligned to the ELA Common Core State Standards" Link


  • Join Kathy's "Differentiated Instruction" group from School Improvement Network's on-demand professional development site PD 360 by clicking here to join for free or log in.

  • Differentiated lessons on research skills; e.g., choosing search terms, narrowing search for best results, evaluating credibility of sources, etc. Joint project between Kathy Glass and Google Inc.. Click here to access these comprehensive lessons.

    Access this link for a downloadable    comprehensive list of topics.


  1. Build and Use Text-Dependent Questions to Engage All Learners in Complex Text
  2. Differentiated Instruction
  3. The Six Traits of Writing: Instruction and Assessment
  4. Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction
  5. Curriculum (Backward) Design/Essential Understandings/Guiding Questions (KUDs)
  6. Curriculum Year Overview (curriculum mapping)
  7. Instructional Strategies

The Fundamentals of (Re)designing Writing Units (Solution Tree, 2017)

Perfect for teachers, curriculum designers, and literary coaches, this title provides guidance for designing new writing units and revising existing ones across content areas for grades 5-12. Discover practical strategies for teaching skills in drafting, editing, revising, feedback, and more.

(Re)designing Argumentation Writing Units for Grades 5-12 (Solution Tree, 2017)

Developed for teachers, curriculum designers, and literacy coaches, this user-friendly guide offers practical recommendations, strategies, and tips for establishing argumentation units of instruction that empower students to artfully and logically present and convince others of their position.

Complex Text Decoded: How to Design and Use Strategies that Target Authentic Texts (ASCD, 2015)

Mapping Comprehensive Units to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, 6-12 (Corwin Press, 2013)

Mapping Comprehensive Units to the English Language Arts Common Core Standards, K-5 (Corwin Press, 2012)

"Kathy's book is the most relevant book for teachers, administrators and policy makers as we ramp up to the implementation of Common Core State Standards.  Kathy takes the daunting task of reorganizing curriculum and assessments to the new English Language Arts standards and provides clear strategies to make the instructional shift.  We all need the support and good humour Kathy inflects throughout her book as we embark on this new task in public education.  It would be great if Kathy could make a personal visit to every district grappling with introducing Common Core, but since she can't be everywhere her book is a good place to start.

"Kathy's articulation of the new ELA standards coupled with templates, rubrics, samples of formative and interim task assessments are the combination of materials necessary for successful implementation. The book is useful as soon as it is in the hands of the reader."   

— Tracy A. Huebner, Senior Research Associate WestEd, San Francisco, CA


Lesson Design for Differentiated Instruction, Grades 4-9 (Corwin Press, 2009)

"Her intensely practical and forthright approach allows readers to immediately translate the concepts of differentiation into their real classrooms."

— Modell Marlow Andersen, Dir. of Educ. Services, Hillsborough School District

Curriculum Mapping: A Step-by-Step Guide for Creating Curriculum Year Overviews (Corwin Press, 2006)

"Offering a new approach, [this book] is a valuable addition to the body of literature on curriculum mapping."  

— Constance Hill, Teacher Specialist, S. Carolina Dept. of Educ., Columbia, SC           

Staff Development Guide for the Parallel Curriculum(Corwin Press, 2009) 

"This guide provides clear, intelligent support for teachers and administrators to explorethepossibilities that the Parallel CurriculumModel brings to educators and students, and to translate those possibilities intoaction in theclassroom." 

— Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parish Jr. Professor of Education University of Virginia

Curriculum Design for Writing Instruction: Creating Standards-Based LessonPlans and Rubrics (Corwin Press, 2004)

"The author’s conversational style hooks and easily engages readers into the four-step curriculum design process, well-sequenced array of design templates and lesson models, synthesis of the six traits and writing process elements, and integration of history, social science, and sciencecontent."
Carl Zon, former Standards and Assessment Consultant/Coach Connections, Sunnyvale, CA

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