Julia Kantor

Dr. Julia Kantor is an Alternative Licensure Instructor in the School of Education & Human Development. She started her career in elementary education, teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders in a New York City public school. I then earned my Ph.D. in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction at CU.

Subverting the Script: Connect, Make, Hack


In a recent marginal syllabus conversation focused on Linda Christensen’s piece “Critical Literacy and Our Students’ Lives” , I questioned whether teachers need simply more time to design for critical classrooms focused on students funds of knowledge, experiences, interests and, indeed, voices.  I wondered whether many teachers also needed increased autonomy or the sense...

Connected Learning for Teachers in Scripted Times


We are now about two months into the school year and, having been in teacher education for about 8 years now, what continues to strike me is the degree to which scripted learning and teaching is going on in the majority of classrooms where I support new teachers. And when I write ‘scripted’, I mean the teacher was handed some curriculum that was built for thousands of students, the directions...

Letting Students in on the Design Secret


I’ve been wondering about how to let students in on the instructional design secret.  I know it’s not really a secret, but it often seems like a black box that students never really get to occupy with the teacher.  Even when we give them choice in assignments, this isn’t giving them a say in what really undergirds a class- those design principles.  What would it...

Design Principles


If you teach, in informal or formal settings, you are a designer.  I like this idea because it is at once simple and accessible and quite nuanced.  On the one hand, duh. We are making decisions about teaching and learning so this is design.  On the other, we must ask the following questions: WHO (whom?) are we designing for? WHAT are we designing for? What are the underlying...