Our Work

Enjoy full access to this curated body of work, including co-creations from Kass and Cornelius, their collaborations with educators and media outlets from around the globe, as well as their individually published works and curriculum resources!

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Teachers on the Front Lines

EL Live: Interview with Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor at ILA 2018 – Changing Systems

Thursday Thoughts for Teachers from Cornelius Minor: Progress – How Much Has Really Changed?

Who Do We See? Using Books to Have Conversations About Race

Cornelius Minor #31DaysIBPOC​

Disrupting the System with Cornelius Minor and Cat Food

Thursday Thoughts for Teachers: Friendship and Empathy

Conversations about Color Episode 10 Featuring Cornelius Minor

a chat with the amazing Cornelius Minor | disrupting systems | being a dad | slinging books!

Cornelius Minor at ILA 2018 – “Schools are….”

What It Means to be Pro-Kids

Rationing Energy: Cornelius Minor on the ILA Next Main Stage

Thursday Thoughts for Teachers from Cornelius Minor: The American Flag as a Shifting Symbol

Cornelius’ End of Week Check-In (That He Shares With The World)

Cornelius Minor Webinar

We Got This Book Study Kickoff

Thursday Thoughts for Teachers: Veterans, War, Healthcare, and Community

EduCon Panel – Authenticity

Educators for Equity Book Club Meets Online with Author Cornelius Minor

The second series of the D.C. Educators for Equity book club began in early January of this year. Classroom educators, librarians, media specialists, and school coordinators gathered at Tubman Elementary (DCPS) school to explore Cornelius Minor’s We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest To Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be. The group held discussions centering their most thought-provoking ideas…

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Water for Teachers Series Finale Bonus Episode with Cornelius Minor

For this series finale bonus episode, Shamari is joined by Cornelius Minor, a Brooklyn-based educator and Heinemann author, as they discuss the impact the pandemic has had on teachers, the endurance of American racism and anti-Blackness, and imagining a better future.

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51: We Got This: Equity and Access in Schools w/ Cornelius Minor | Human Restoration Project

In this episode, we discuss We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be with author Cornelius Minor. Cornelius, a former middle school Language Arts educator from Brooklyn, is a leader in equitable literacy reform across the world. We Got This is an incredible work that blends critical pedagogy, equitable community practice, and connections between relationships and research in an easy-to-read and implement fashion.

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S2E9: Be Like Squirrel Girl (w/ Cornelius Minor)

On the ninth episode of season two, Mike speaks with Cornelius Minor, Brooklyn-based educator, about his work to create equitable literacy reform, equitable schools and how his passion to do so intersects with his love of comics. Cornelius drops the secret as to how Squirrel Girl defeated both Thanos AND Galactus — and how you can apply it to your life.

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Articles, Interviews, & Panels

Thoughts on a Way Forward: An Interview with Cornelius Minor

I first met Cornelius Minor in 2012 when I went to work for the Teachers College Reading & Writing Project at Columbia University in New York City.  Although the entire Project Team was filled with dozens of incredibly knowledgeable and talented staff developers, Cornelius quickly differentiated himself as one of the most positive and enthusiastic people I had ever met.  Those of you who know him or have heard him speak know this to be true…

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Five Things We Love About Cornelius Minor: Shining a Spotlight on the ILA Intensive Keynote’s Dedication to Equity in Literacy

Educator and author Cornelius Minor, an ILA 2018 General Session speaker, returns to the ILA stage again this year—this time as a keynote speaker at ILA Intensive: Nevada. A well-known advocate for equity in literacy education, Minor works with teachers and school leaders across the globe to help them reflect on their practices and grow alongside their students…

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“Disrupting a Destructive Cycle: How Literacy Drives Social Change”

Cornelius Minor, lead staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, will open the event, which is inspired by an on-the-fly discussion he led at the ILA 2016 Conference & Exhibits. ILA 2016 took place just days after the Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge, LA, and the Dallas, TX, murder of several police officers gunned down in a seemingly retaliatory effort…

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Equity: We’ve Started the Work, So Why Aren’t We There Yet?

The work of equity in schools must move beyond intentionality and towards impact. How can personalized learning and digital instruction support students and teachers? What better way to begin this conversation than via webinar – where all can join, regardless of location? Personalized learning and digital programs can be an invaluable partner in the hard work of moving to a more equitable school society. Now is the time to go to work…

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Building Inclusive Spaces For Our Students

My teaching life started in central Brooklyn as a seventh grade English teacher in a highly segregated district, where extreme poverty was a block away from extreme wealth. That district encompassed everything that was powerful and inspiring about American education – and America itself – but it also represented everything that’s problematic with it…

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School sweethearts: Stories of true love between teachers, drawn from America’s classrooms

It shouldn’t have been surprising that Abbas Manjee and Melissa Giroux sometimes delivered coffee to each other’s classrooms. Teachers at their school did that all the time. But their students always called attention to the gesture by suggesting that the two were in love. “The kids would erupt in ‘oooooooooooooooohs,’” Manjee recalls. “Maybe they knew before we did.”

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My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Symposium

On May 31, 2019, the New York State Education Department hosted the Third Annual New York State My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Symposium in Albany. Cornelius Minor discussed modern racism and its role in school settings. He asked participants to develop tools to identify what practices aren’t working and how to change them…

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Coffee Break with… Cornelius Minor

It’s not often you meet someone who is both charismatic and challenges your thinking.  I had that pleasure when I interviewed Cornelius Minor, an activist for social justice and equity in education. The first time I heard Cornelius Minor speak was in 2017 at the ILA conference in Orlando, FL.  He was inspiring, forthright, energizing and engaging. I recently heard him speak at ILA West 2018 in San Diego, CA…

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“One Florida” assumes that inequities don’t exist any more

Cornelius Minor is student-body president at Florida A&M (Agricultural and Mechanical) University (FAMU). FAMU is in Tallahassee, the state capital, located in northern central Florida. This interview was conducted (from San Diego by phone) by Nic Paget-Clarke, March 18, 2000. “One Florida” was initiated by Governor Jeb Bush in November 1999 and passed at the Board of Regents level…

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Interview with Cornelius Minor

December 6, 2018. That was the day that Cornelius Minor graced our #G2Great family and touched all who were part of the experience. Cornelius had previously shared the #G2Great stage with Courtney Kinney in Brilliant Tapestries: Building Classrooms that Reflect the Lives of the Children Who Inhabit Them. This time, it was Cornelius’ powerful new book…

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Published Works

We Got This.

While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. Cornelius Minor identifies tools, attributes, and strategies that can augment our listening, allowing us to make powerful moves toward equity by broadening access to learning for all children.

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Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, Grade 8

Eighth graders begin the year with a unit focused on investigative journalism, writing vivid narratives on social activism. Writers elevate their skills as literary essayists in the second unit, making arguments and counterarguments about themes in texts. In the final unit, students craft research-based position papers, using principled arguments, drawing on evidence, and addressing multiple perspectives.

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“Go Back to Better”: An Interview with Cornelius Minor

This year, 2020 shifted the very foundations of our profession. That shift was not without some pain. We have mourned the losses of our classrooms— how we used to be. We’ve lost the giddy proximity of shared books on a rug, the warmth of a writing conference, or the electric thrill of sitting shoulder to shoulder sharing a calculator to solve a difficult problem…

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Five Steps to Launching a Schoolwide Social Justice Movement

Last week, I sat in on a meeting about the reading intervention program in one of the several schools that I support through my work at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project in New York City. We have more kids on our caseload than we can serve this semester. Many of those public school students, who “need” reading intervention, are brown or poor.

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Cornelius Minor thinks that the fuel behind inequality in the U.S. isn’t just the people making the decisions. It’s the systems set in place to keep people divided, immobile, and illiterate. So, what exactly does a modern hero look like?

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Those Who Can Coach Can Teach

When English, science, and history teachers collaborate with athletic coaches, they will find tremendous opportunities to intensify close reading, argumentation, and overall academic engagement.

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Becoming Antiracist 1: Webinar Learning Series for White Educators

Are you a well-meaning white teacher, but recognize that’s not enough? Course includes sessions by 4 leading antiracism voices–Cheryl Matias, Eddie Moore, Jr., Cornelius Minor, & Liz Kleinrock–plus readings and a resource list. (8 hr certificate)

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Come With Me: EdTech and the Journey into Better Realities

The security guard at the gift shop grabs both me and my student athlete by the arm. I don’t know what is wrong, but he twists my arm just so and whispers a command from between clenched teeth in a tone that suggests that the thing that is wrong is both me and my student.

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Literacy knows no boundary.

Through The Minor Collective, we partner with learning communities across the globe. With each other, and with YOU, we look forward to infusing joy in literacy and learning to create sustainable change for all.

Kass & Cornelius
Co-Founders, The Minor Collective

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What Educators Are Saying About Us

Working with The Minor Collective has been a transformative experience for our school community. We’ve been able to build capacity within our equity team, revise curriculum using an anti-racist lens, have courageous conversations with our staff, families and students about race, racism and oppression, do a deep inventory into our school policies to address biases and structures that have created harm and disproportionately. They have supported us in doing really brave, hard work and have been very compassionate and patient along the way. They show up with a ton of passion, insight and resources while ensuring all voices are heard. One of the most impactful experiences we’ve had with The Minor Collective is the work in classrooms and teacher inquiry groups. They model instructional practices that bridge the gap between theory and practice. They truly tailor the experience to meet the needs of individual school communities. We so appreciate them and hope to continue this work as partners in the years to come.

Nicole Lanzillotto, Principal, Boerum Hill School for International Studies, D15, NYC DOE
Cornelius and Kassandra Minor have become a part of our Noblesville community. Over the past 4 years, we have worked closely with Cornelius. He has stood by our side for district strategic planning, professional learning for staff, student learning, and community conversations. Corn is responsive to our needs as we share the latest issues and successes in our literacy and equity work. His heart and passion come through during each visit and he leaves us with sustainable energy and actionable steps. We have grown tremendously because of his influence and will continue to grow as we strive for our community to be a place where everyone is valued, seen and heard. Kass has supported Cornelius while he is here and has provided responsive professional learning for our staff in the summer. This is a couple that I wish I could be a fly on the wall during their ongoing conversations at home. They are a powerful duo out to change the landscape of education where children have a voice and are at the center of every decision. In my 20 years of education, this partnership has had the most positive impact and return on investment ever. Everyone needs a Cornelius and Kass in their community.
Jennifer Wheat Townsend, Ph.D., Director of Learning Noblesville Diversity Coalition (NDC), Learning Officer
District 2 has had the honor of working in collaboration with The Minor Collective since the Spring of 2019 when Cornelius and Kass began leading a professional learning community, representing 12 schools across the district, committed to developing culturally responsive and sustaining practices through an collaborative inquiry approach. The student and family centered inquiry that The Minor Collective engaged our District leaders, teachers and school leaders in has improved the quality of our school equity teams, the practices implemented in our classrooms, the tools that our district has to interrogate and change inequitable practices and most importantly the experiences our students of color have in our schools. In addition, in one year we have seen a significant decrease in the number of Special Education referrals in the schools that have been working with the Minor Collective and we are thrilled to continue our partnership.
District 2 Leadership Team, NYC DOE
In the short time I’ve had with you Kass & Cornelius- I’ve learned & grown & been inspired by you in many ways. It is always refreshing to be in your company as you help remind us of what it means to be human – to see the value in that in ourselves & our students and how to approach the day as a teacher holding that awareness. It’s incredibly simple yet missing so often. I look forward to continuing a partnership. You are incredible!!
Heather, Teacher, NYC DOE
Thank you for bringing your light and care to us. As teachers we needed that level of empathy and care. I appreciate you both more than words could ever express. During this time, you have been my lifeline and I am forever grateful for your partnership and friendship.
Shirley, Teacher, NYC DOE
It has been an amazing time sharing with all of you; it was too short. Your willingness to not only hear us but to support us and provide new ideas in a world of uncertainty has been a saving grace. It is always amazing to hear and see that it is okay and necessary to step back and open the doors to being human and listening and just caring and with that we will be able to provide the support our students need and receive the support that we too need. In a time where we are all just in a world of constant flux, it was good to know that we would have another opportunity to get together again and learn and grow.
Amy, Teacher, NYC DOE
Working with Cornelius Minor has been like working with a close friend. Cornelius quickly assessed our district needs by practicing research-decide-teach to tailor his professional learning to meet district, school and most importantly student needs. He coached district and school personnel through a student-centered lens that allowed participants to go forth and put into practice research-based strategies and techniques. We are grateful for our partnership with Cornelius and look forward to continuing the collaboration for years to come.
Erica Bissell, Ed.D., Coordinator of Reading and Language Arts
Cornelius shines a big bright light on how educators can bend culture, curriculum and methodology towards what is most consequential for kids. He reminds us that seeing our students in our work is a way of prioritizing equity.
Talya Edlund, 2016 Maine Teacher of the Year

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