The Literacy Guild (TLG) is a literacy development center that provides high quality K-12 instructional services in small group learning environments.
Curriculum and instruction at TLG is built upon the core theory that human learning is a complex and dynamic system. Development of critical thinking, reading, and writing can be best fostered through apprenticeship learning where students learn from a more experienced and knowledgeable guide, the teacher. Given the ever-changing symbolic and social nature of literacy, another focus of the curriculum and instruction is to develop student skills in giving and receiving peer feedback to provide a rich source of multiple perspectives in the small group learning environment. A central aspect of the curriculum is publication of student writing, which provides for students an authentic and organic purpose and motivation for writing in which they are constantly required to keep the audience in mind.
The Literacy Guild was founded in 2007 by Tina Tsai, Ph.D., a teacher, researcher, and writer. Having received a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, a M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, she continues to develop the curriculum based upon 20 years of teaching experience, current and foundational research, and a passion to help students reach their highest potentials in cognitive development.