The Literacy Guild (TLG) is a K-12 literacy development center providing high quality reading and writing instruction in small group learning environments in order to prepare students for college level writing.
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 TLG curriculum was developed by the founder Dr. Tina Tsai to help students:
- Improve reading comprehension.
- Learn broad vocabulary.
- Write clearly and conventionally.
- Develop sophisticated writing styles.
- Deepen critical thinking.
- Publish writing.
- Prepare for high school writing tests.
- Prepare for college level reading, thinking, and writing.
The Literacy Guild was founded in 2006 by Dr. Tina Tsai, Ph.D. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology from Claremont McKenna College, an M.A. in Education from Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California, Dr. Tsai continues to develop and improve the TLG curriculum based upon over 20 years of professional teaching experience, current and foundational research, and a passion to help students reach their highest potentials.