Educating Teachers, Children's Literature
At HWS Temple teaches courses in literacy, children’s literature, storytelling, and peace studies.
His co-authored textbooks on literacy and children’s literature are widely used in teacher education courses throughout North America, and his books for children have a small but loyal following.
Overseas, Temple is one of the directors of the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project, and travels around the globe helping teachers learn the skills necessary to teach their students to be critical thinkers. The project, an initiative of the Open Society Institute, promotes classroom teaching practices that help students learn actively, think critically, and work cooperatively. Temple has traveled to many of the countries involved and has been integral in building this important project, which has served 40 countries in Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, East and West Africa and Central and South America. RWCT was selected by UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education as a promising practice in peace-building.
In the Balkans and in the Caucasus region Temple has led projects to create multicultural children’s literature and to improve the teaching or reading for marginalized children. He has served as consultant and trainer to a USAID-sponsored project in El Salvador to update the preparation of primary school teachers in the teaching of reading. In Quito and Machala, Ecuador, and in Buenos Aires and Misiones Province, Argentina, he has worked with teachers to improve literacy instruction. A version of the critical thinking project is now used in Ecuadoran middle schools nationwide; and in Argentina a distance learning course Temple and colleagues developed is disseminating teaching methods for active learning and critical thinking up and down that country. In Africa, Temple and colleagues are working in Liberia and Sierra Leone on projects to stimulate the writing and publication of literature for children, and to promote teaching for active learning and critical thinking. The work is coordinated by CODE-Canada and funded by the Canadian government and a private donor.
All Children Read: Teaching for Literacy in Today's Diverse Classrooms, 3rd edition
Allyn & Bacon, 2010
Aprendizaje activo y pensamiento critic: Un curso a traves de distancia
Fundacion Leer, 2009
Children's Books in Children's Hands, 4th edition
Allyn & Bacon, 2011
Classroom Strategies: An Elementary Teacher's Guide to the Process of Writing
Developmental Literacy Inventory
Intervening for Literacy
Allyn & Bacon, 2004
Language and Literacy: A Lively Approach
Language Arts: Learning Processes and Teaching Practices
Reading Liberia: Brief Teachers' Guide
We Care Publishers and CODE-Canada, 2011
RWCT Project: Reading, Writing, & Discussion in Every Discipline: Guidebooks 1-8
International Reading Association for the RWCT Project, 1997
SRA Writing and Language Arts
Stories and Readers: New Perspectives on Literature in the Elementary Classroom
Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc., 1992
The Beginnings of Writing, 4th edition
Allyn & Bacon, 2012
Understanding Reading Problems: Assessment and Instruction, 8th edition
Write Idea, A Comprehensive Language Arts Program For Grades 1-8
Writing and Language Arts, Grades K-6
Science Research Associates (SRA), 2003
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Charles Temple received his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and his M.Ed. (curriculum studies) and his Ph.D (reading education) from the University of Virginia. He also studied at the University of Madrid, where he taught English part time, and taught at the University of Houston-Victoria.
In 2005, he earned a prestigious Fulbright Scholar Award; the grant helps fund Temple’s sabbatical in Romania where he is helping two universities in Cluj improve teaching and change curriculum.
He is also working with teachers and psychologists from Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Slovakia and Slovenia to develop teaching approaches to help Roma (Gypsy) children learn to read better and stay in school longer.
The U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 scholars and professionals each year to more than 140 countries, where they lecture or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.
In addition to his teaching duties at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Temple recently co-founded and directs the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project, in association with the International Reading Association. RWCT is based on the idea that democratic practices in schools play an important role in the transition toward more open societies. Active in 29 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and more recently Latin America and South/East Asia, RWCT introduces research-based instructional methods to teachers and teacher educators.
His professional affiliations include the National Council of Teachers of English, the International Reading Association, the Asociatie Pentru Gindire Critice (Romania), and the Albania Reading Association.