Welcome to The Literacy Cookbook

Recipes for Effective Literacy Instruction

About Us

The Literacy Cookbook represents the ongoing work of Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC, who consults in NJ and nationally with schools (esp. urban) seeking to improve student achievement.  She created this Website both to facilitate her work with schools and to reach a broader audience.  Her hope is that many teachers and school leaders, not just the ones she works with directly, will find The Literacy Cookbook useful.

This Website provides resources for K-12 literacy instruction across the curriculum.  
For a modest annual fee, teachers can gain access to hundreds of useful documents to use instantly in their classrooms.  For more information on how to use this site, check out the

Sarah taught high school English and Humanities in both suburban and urban New Jersey public schools for 14 years, including seven years at the high-performing North Star Academy Charter School of Newark, where she chaired the Humanities Dept.. She also founded and directed the New Jersey Charter School Resource Center from 1996-1999 and the New Jersey Charter Public Schools Association from 1999-2003. She consulted F/T from 2007-2019, then for 3 years worked as Managing Director of Humanities at Great Oaks Legacy Charter Schools, then in 2022 pivoted back into F/T consulting.

Sarah coaches K-12 schools on literacy instruction, curriculum development, and how to harness the power of A.I. tools such as ChatGPT, as well as leadership, culture building, mental wellness, and strategic planning. She studied at Princeton (B.A. ’87), Harvard (M.Ed. ’91), Johns Hopkins (M.A. ’95), and Rutgers (Ed.D. ’01). Her dissertation was on culture formation in charter schools. She writes two blogs: "The Literacy Cookbook" and "Only Good Books." In 2021, Sarah became a certified energy healer and intuitive coach through the nonprofit Shine Your Light.

Since 2013, Sarah has been an avid Trustee of
Princeton-Blairstown Center, an outdoor education nonprofit that serves young people, primarily from historically marginalized communities, by nurturing their social-emotional skills through experiential, environmental, and adventure-based programming.






FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC

312-933-8593 (cell)


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