Welcome to the CLA Collective!
an online resource hub and gathering space for teachers committed to promoting Critical Language Awareness (CLA) in our writing, literacy, and language classrooms and curricula. This site also serves as a companion website for the book Cultivating Critical Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom.
Critical Language Awareness (CLA)
is a mindset and skillset for writing/literacy education with an emphasis on language, identity, privilege, and power.
We use CLA pedagogy to cultivate students’ self-reflection and rhetorical agency, and to promote social justice in our schools and in society more broadly.
Six Principles for CLA Pedagogy
For more on these principles, see Chapter 3 of Shapiro’s (2022) book,
Cultivating Critical Language Awareness in the Writing Classroom