About us

Kassandra and Cornelius Minor are veteran teachers from Brooklyn. Kassandra teaches fourth grade in Sunset Park, and Cornelius works Uptown at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

The two of them share quite the literate life. In addition to their teaching, they consume books. Voraciously. Corn recently made the bed and found volumes of Alice Walker, Junot Diaz, and Jeff Chang under the covers. They share a profound love of movies, (and an even more profound Netflix que) and their apartment sounds like a Hip hop show in 1995. Only the most Illmatic Southernplayalisticadillacmuzic coming from their 36 Chambers…

…well, that and a healthy dose of classic Al Green and Prince.

Most recently the two have become parents to a soulful baby girl, Soleil Sojourner. Soleil loves Sandra Boynton books, and she is a fierce fighter of late morning naps. Her mother is the source of her great pulchritude and her dad is the reason she yells loudly when the Knicks are playing.



  1. Sally Donnelly

    I attended both your session during the March Reunion Saturday and have been constantly thinking about Reading and Writing Workshop in the Digital Age ever since, thanks to your enthusiasm and passion!

    I just found out that next year I will be teaching 4th grade in a Fairfax County Public School in VA where each 4th, 5th and 6th grader will have a laptop on their desk and K-3 can bring devises to school. WOW! I can’t wait to spend the year emerging the students in RW and WW through the use of tech!

    I am coming to TC in August for the Writing Institute and have my fingers crossed that I get assigned to your session. But if not, I plan to stalk you! Your passion for integrating tech and RW and WR is evident and I want to learn from you. If you have any specific articles, books, etc you can recommend, please share. And I look forward to learning from you in August!

    • Cornelius Minor

      AWESOME! I’m so glad that you will be coming! Let’s make it a plan to have tea during one of the breaks. I would love to learn more about your work for the year ahead!

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  3. Hi Conelius,
    I attended the March TC Saturday reunion, where, for the first time, I went to your workshop-Using Media to Strengthen Student’s Critical and Close Reading. And I am a better person for attending. Thank you for the wise insights in how to use media to make teaching new skills more accessible for our students.

    I wanted to show the 5th grade teachers here in my school the video THE BYSTANDER. I googled it, but I get thousands of hit with that title (who knew it was such a big topic). Can you send me the link for that particular video? It was the cartoon. If you could send me a link, I would appreciate it. Thanks. I look forward to more of your workshops! 🙂

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  7. Mr. Minor,

    As an educational technology major at the University of Delaware and working in a local school district as a reading intervention teacher, I found your workshop at the end of the day so insightful and inspiring. I came up after the workshop and said how I wished I could have attended your literacy apps and media session. Would you be able to share with me the resources that have worked with your students?

    I was most inspired and you truly are a gifted motivator and educator.

    Kevin Sullivan

  8. Ich freue mich auf die neue Herausforderung und die neuen KaZaderschaften!mudem empfinde ich tiefste Dankbarkeit, dass ihr meinem Leben wieder einen Sinn gegeben habt.

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  17. Hi Cornelius,
    I am working in a middle school in Framingham, Massachusetts. It is a diverse school that serves the immigrant families in town because we teach newcomers, SLIFE- students with limited or interrupted formal education, transitional bilingual education in Portuguese and Spanish, and anyone who lives in the projects on the south side of town. We are about to start Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals and I plan on using the protocol you taught at the International Reading Association last year to help to create a safe classroom community before we begin this book. I have also shared it with my seventh grade teacher colleagues. Do you have any advice about using the protocol with seventh graders? We will use The Bystander video you showed:https://vimeo.com/205996837

    Also, will you be at the Reunion March 18? I’m debating on whether or not to go.

  18. Michelle Dellatorre

    Hi Kassandra,

    I believe I just found your wallet on the subway. I left it at the 78th police precinct at Bergen​ and Flatbush in Brooklyn. They said they would try to get it to you, but probably faster if you contact them directly.

    Hope you get this message!


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