What should you know about me?

I teach AP English Literature at Midtown High School in Atlanta, Georgia and serve as the College Board Advisor for AP Literature and on the NCTE Secondary Steering Committee. I’ve had the privilege to train teachers at NCTE, GCTE, The Poetry Foundation, and the Folger Shakespeare Library and frequently lead ELA workshops across the country.  My blogs have been featured in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Edutopia, and recently co-author of The Norton Guide to AP Literature. Some of my most important work occurred in the spring of 2020 when I, along with Carlos Escobar, instructed thousands of students (and teachers) through College Board’s AP Live videos after schools went remote

I honestly can’t figure out how I’ve had the privilege to do all of these things. Sure I’ve worked hard but so do most of the teachers I know. My hope is that I represent teachers well and am a positive voice for us. I believe in teachers and in students. Regardless of where I speak or write, I will always remain the most proud of what happens on a daily basis in E216. The classroom will forever have my heart as I never tire of its chaos and beauty. 

You can find me sharing my thoughts, along with Brian Sztabnik, on our site MuchAdoAboutTeaching.com and follow me on Twitter or Instagram.

If you’re interested in consulting services for teacher training and/or curriculum development, please contact me here.

Susan Barber CV

10 responses to “About

  1. Hi Susan, I like your blog, it is very dynamic and it’s great to read about the love you have for your students. They are very fortunate to have you as their advocate.

  2. Hello, Susan. I’m a teacher in teachers education in Belgium. We are doing a project about ‘arts integration’, by which we mean the integration of the different art disciplines for children. It seems to be very difficult to find literature about this item. When we look for information we can mostly only find information about the integration of arts in other subjects. Could you help us? Jan

  3. Hi Susan, I am the communications editor for JoLLE (http://jolle.coe.uga.edu), the online Journal of Language and Literacy Education that is produced at The University of Georgia. I just wanted to let you know that we have linked your blog to our Scholars Speak Out (SSO) page. Thanks for being an advocate for students in your classroom and beyond!

  4. Hi Susan — I really loved your character complexity visual posted on #APLitChat last night. Do you post things on TPT or is there any way I could get a copy of it? I am teaching Invisible Man to my AP students now and I feel it would be a great way to understand more than one character. Thanks!

  5. Hi Ms. Susan,
    We are from The Progressive Teacher Magazine, India.
    This is a teacher magazine for K-12 educators, circulated all over India . We read your article “6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject” on Edutopia website and found very interesting. We would like to carry the same in our magazine. http://www.progressiveteacher.in for the benefit to our teacher readers. Along with the article we will carry your photograph and a brief with credit to your blog. Requesting you to please give your permission to do so.

    • Absolutely – feel free to use the article as well as my photo. I hope this will encourage teachers and provide ideas for them. Please let me know if I can help you further.

  6. Hi Susan!

    We’re a big fan of your blog over here at CommonLit and we’re extremely appreciative of the mention you gave us on Edutopia last fall. Is there any way that you’d be interested in guest blogging on our blog or vice versa. Shoot me an email if you’re interested!


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