Welcome to The Literacy Cookbook

Recipes for Effective Literacy Instruction




     Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC (BIO)  





Sarah's interviews/videos:


1) Discussing The Literacy Cookbook and Literacy and the Common Core (with Jossey-Bass), CLICK HERE! 

2) Discussing her work (with The Daily Princetonian), CLICK HERE!

3) Discussing education reform and her work (with Jeanne Allen on "Reality Check with Jeanne Allen" podcast: CLICK HERE!

4) Discussing Using Grammar to Improve Writing, CLICK HERE!

5) Discussing education reform, her work, and Hit the Drum (with Michael Scotto on "Through the Glass" podcast: CLICK HERE!

6) Also, check out the TLC "Video Training" page!




  • Abington Avenue School (Newark)
  • Academy Charter High School (Lake Como)
  • Bergen Arts and Science Charter School (Garfield)
  • Bronx Charter School for the Arts (NY)
  • Building Excellent Schools (Boston, MA)
  • Camden's Promise Charter School (Camden)
  • Center for Education Reform (DC)
  • College Achieve Charter Schools (NJ)
  • Connecticut Farms Elementary (Union)
  • Drew University (NJ)
  • Dr. E. Alma Flagg School (Newark)
  • East Orange Community Charter School (East Orange)
  • Fairfield Public Schools (NJ)
  • Foundation Academy Charter School (Trenton)
  • 4.0 Schools (New Orleans, LA)
  • Franklin Public Schools
  • Grand Concourse Academy CS (Bronx, NY)
  • Great Oaks Legacy Charter School (Newark and NY)
  • Greater Brunswick Charter School (New Brunswick)
  • Haddonfield Public Schools (NJ)
  • Harvest Prep School (Minneapolis, MN)
  • HoLa Charter School (Hoboken)
  • Hope Academy Charter School (Asbury Park)
  • Hope Community Charter School (Camden)
  • Invictus Prep Charter School (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Jefferson Parish School District (New Orleans, LA)
  • Juarez-Lincoln High School (La Joya, TX)
  • Kean University (NJ)
  • Kindle Education Charter School (Jersey City)
  • Lady Liberty Academy Charter School (Newark)
  • LEAP Academy Charter School (Camden)
  • Learning Community Charter School (Jersey City)
  • Madison Public Schools (NJ)
  • Magnolia Public Schools (NJ)
  • Malcolm X. Shabazz High School (Newark)
  • Maple Shade Public Schools (NJ)
  • Maria L. Varisco-Rogers Charter School (Newark)
  • Marion P. Thomas Charter School (Newark)
  • MATCH Charter High School (Boston, MA)
  • National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA)
  • New Horizons Community Charter School (Newark)
  • NJ Public Charter Schools Association (NJ)
  • NJ Principals and Supervisors Association (NJ)
  • NY State Education Department (NY)
  • NYC Center for Charter School Excellence (NY)
  • Opportunity Charter School (NY)
  • Our Lady of Guadelupe Middle School (Elizabeth)
  • Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology (Paterson)
  • Paul Robeson Charter School for the Humanities (Trenton)
  • Peninsula Prep Charter School (NY)
  • People's Prep Charter School (Newark)
  • Philip's Academy Charter School (Newark)
  • Plainfield Public Schools
  • Pride Academy Charter School (East Orange)
  • Queen City Academy Charter School (Plainfield)
  • Red Bank Charter School
  • Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly TeacherU/UKA)
  • Robert Treat Academy Charter School (Newark)
  • Rochester Academy Charter School (New York)
  • Roseville Community CS (Newark)
  • Seton Hall University (NJ)
  • Soaring Heights Charter School (Jersey City)
  • St. Mary's High School (Elizabeth)
  • STRIVE Prep Charter Schools (Denver, CO)
  • SUNY Charter Schools Institute (NY)
  • Swallows Charter Academy (Pueblo West, CO)
  • Tennessee Charter School Incubator (TN)
  • Trenton Central High School (Trenton)
  • Trevino Middle School (La Joya, TX)
  • Unity Charter School (Morristown)
  • University Academy Charter High School (Jersey City)
  • University Heights Charter School (Newark)
  • University Prep CS for Young Men (New York)
  • University of Virginia-Darden School of Business/Curry School of Education (VA)
  • Village Charter School (Trenton)
  • West Denver Prep Charter School (Denver, CO)
  • Wildwood Crest Memorial School (Wildwood)



"The Literacy Cookbook" blog

"Only Good Books" blog


  • "Are Your Kids Addicted to Social Media? This can help." NJ Education Report op-ed, July 12, 2023.
  • "What Does the Teacher Shortage Mean for Students and School Leaders?" NJ Education Report op-ed, Aug. 31, 2022.
  • "Excerpt: An Insider's Account of How the Charter School Idea Became a National Movement: Day One at New Jersey's North Star Academy,"--The 74, July 14, 2019
  • "Three Things You May Not Know About Charter Schools," Education Post guest post, May 29, 2019.
  • "Why Charters Have Not Faded" Rick Hess Straight Up Education Week blog guest post, May 10, 2019.
  • "Why Aren't All Charter Schools Great?"  Rick Hess Straight Up Education Week blog guest post, May 8, 2019.
  • “How Did Charter Schools Spread?” Rick Hess Straight Up Education Week blog guest post, May 6, 2019.
  • "'Weeding Is Hard Work'--Charter School Authorizers and the Promise of Educational Excellence for All Kids"--The 74, excerpt from my upcoming book, HIT THE DRUM: An Insider's Account of How the Charter School Idea Became a National Movement, Dec. 3, 2017

Guest Articles



FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

Sarah Tantillo, Ed.D., LLC

312-933-8593 (cell)

Twitter @SarahTantillo


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