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David Liben

David Liben is the Senior Content Specialist of the Literacy and English Language Arts team at Student Achievement Partners. David has taught elementary, middle school and high school students in public and private schools, as well as community college and teacher preparation courses, in New York City and Vermont. David still spends as much time as possible in schools with teachers and children. Together with Meredith Liben, David founded two innovative model schools in New York City - New York Prep, a junior high school in East Harlem, and in 1991, the Family Academy - where he served as Principal and lead curriculum designer. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in school administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Additional Work

Other contributions from this author found on Achievethecore.

"The Gospel of Wealth" by Andrew Carnegie

Grade 11 nonfiction lesson. Primary source text on the steel industry. Written by David Liben and current classroom teacher Christina Suarez.

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Complete Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions

Thorough explanation of the how and why of text-dependent questions for close, analytic reading. Includes examples.

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Which Words Do I Teach and How?

2-pg article providing guidance on vocabulary instruction by David Liben. Excerpted from "The Significance of Vocabulary in the Common Core State Standards." 

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