Sarah Buxton has worked in Brooklyn’s public schools in the role of both classroom teacher and literacy coach. Each of those roles afforded Sarah the rich experience of working with both students and teachers during the creation of some of the first reading and writing workshops at the middle school level in New York City. Beginning her teaching career at Middle School 88 in Park Slope, Sarah joined a team of professionals dedicated to the task of building a balanced literacy program at the middle level. Her training began early in her career where she learned beside staff developers from both Teachers College and AUSSIE to successfully implement reading and writing workshops. Her early years of teaching were impacted by the intense professional development she received each week in her own classroom where a learning leader would demonstrate lessons and then help her unpack her teaching and plan ahead. Sarah became a member of a team of teachers who visited elementary schools to figure out how this work could be brought to the middle – and also joined a cohort that flew to Missouri to share what was happening in middle school classrooms in Brooklyn, N.Y. with teachers in Kansas City who were also considering bringing this work to adolescents. Eventually, Sarah became a full time literacy coach at New Horizons Middle School, and was fortunate to meet weekly with colleagues from around the city to receive support from staff developers of the Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.
Because of her own learning experiences, she believes that professional development is integral in shaping the culture of a classroom, a body of students and schools. As a literacy consultant, Sarah now shares her expertise with teachers, inviting them to reflect on their own practices and supporting them as they build reading and writing workshops in their classrooms.
Workshops That Work! was her first co-authored publication from Scholastic.
SUNY Albany B.A., 1997 CUNY Masters in Adolescent Education, 2007
Today, Sarah is a literacy consultant and works with schools in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. She has traveled to Texas and continues to work in schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her expertise includes the best practices in the teaching of reading and writing as well as content area literacy in Social Studies and Science. For the past few years, Sarah has been providing workshops to directors, administrators and teachers helping them interpret Common Core, align curriculum and increase the level of rigor and complexity in classrooms. Sarah has led groups in curriculum development and unit planning, the studying of student work to inform instruction and the creation of assessment tools to measure growth. She has vast experience teaching students with special needs. Her strong interpersonal skills have helped her work with diverse groups of teachers who span in experience from the novice to the experienced. Most notably, Sarah is passionate about her work, and she brings that fervor to all of the classrooms she visits.