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Frances Gonzalez-Garcia

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Developing New Learning Avenues

Alumna Frances Gonzalez-Garcia has not only spent her teaching career in the classroom with students, but she has also spent her time training other educators how to integrate new strategies and different types of technology into their classrooms to anchor learning in literacy.

Gonzalez-Garcia, who is a Reading Specialist for Northside Independent School District in San Antonio and is a selected member of the District Reading Cadre, received all of her degrees from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi including a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in English, a Master of Science in Educational Technology, a Master of Science in Reading along with a Master Reading Teacher certification, and most recently, a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy in summer 2014.

Gonzalez-Garcia has presented on the use of Active Learning Literacy (A.L.L.) Charts and the importance of getting students actively involved and engaged with authentic literature. Her doctoral dissertation was done on this topic.  

“Straight out of college, I found that most often than not, both teachers and students were under constant pressure of meeting state mandates, including myself,” said Gonzalez-Garcia. “A.L.L. Charts were developed in efforts to bring reading back to life for both my students and me, while still being able to meet state standards.” 

Prior to working for Northside ISD, Gonzalez-Garcia was with Corpus Christi School District for 12 years teaching grades K-5. She was the 2012 state recipient of the H.E.B. Excellence in Education Award in Educational Leadership. In addition, she was selected as a guest speaker for the Corpus Christi International Reading Association, where she has presented on teaching using the “Hands-on, Minds-on” approach placing an emphasis on the inclusion of integrating best-practices in literacy with technology, current trends, and hands-on activities.

Gonzalez-Garcia’s dissertation study titled, “An Impact Evaluation of Active Learning Literacy Charts on Student Reading Outcomes,” found that the use of A.L.L. Charts, when compared to other schools using a different instructional approach for literacy, positively impacted students’ reading achievement scores and reading motivation in kindergarten through third grade.

“I chose this subject because I wanted my own students to learn how to become strategic and critical readers and thinkers while encouraging them to read more, write more, and ultimately love literacy more,” she said.