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About Kristen Braatz

Kristen Braatz is Curriculum Associates' director of ELA implementation. She specializes in supporting educators to provide effective and engaging literacy instruction. Before joining Curriculum Associates, Kristen taught middle school and high school English language arts and led a team of literacy coaches as a literacy coordinator. Kristen is mom to three young children who inspire her curiosity and desire to keep learning. She earned a master’s degree from Concordia University and is working toward her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University.

Latest Posts

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Why Knowledge Building Is Crucial to Literacy

To understand a text, students need to be able to draw upon stores of background knowledge. This post explores how knowledge impacts literacy and why educators should look for knowledge-rich literacy programs.
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Grants and Funding Hub

Curriculum Associates' grants and funding team has assembled resources to help educators and administrators make sense of new federal funding sources, plan for summer school, and understand how our programs meet funding requirements.