The K. Patricia Cross Academy

For Faculty • For Free • For the Future of Higher Education

The K. Patricia Cross Academy is an investment in the future of higher education named to celebrate and preserve the legacy of K. Patricia Cross. Founded by Elizabeth Barkley and Claire Major, we are a non-profit program under the fiscal sponsorship of The Social Good Fund. We are dedicated to supporting faculty by offering free instructional videos, downloadable resources, and CrossCurrents articles that clearly outline how to:


Implement high-impact, evidence-based teaching techniques that improve all students' learning; and


Document student learning in ways that provide the information teachers need to improve their teaching as well as assist them in their efforts for hiring, tenure, and promotion.

I will use this not only for my own use, but I teach math classes for future teachers and I want to provide them resources for teaching and teach them how to teach.

Faculty Member

When I discovered you, it was like I had stumbled on a goldmine. My colleagues are now as addicted to your resources as I am!

Faculty Member

The Cross Academy is a resource every teacher should utilize.  The ideas and information create engaging opportunities for students and are easy for teachers to adapt to their lessons. After Dr. Major's class I shared this resource with my mom, an educator of 40 years, who loves the ideas and has implemented a few in her high school classroom.

Museum Director

I really liked the design of the website. It was very easy to navigate, and I appreciated how all the different teaching techniques were right alongside each other. Believe it or not, I utilized some of these techniques as both a student, and as a teaching assistant. Overall, I think the website is a wonderful reference for both teachers and students in terms of expanding their learning capabilities! 

Teaching Assistant

I really enjoyed navigating the site. I especially found it to be extremely beneficial for someone like me, who has more of an interdisciplinary focus in both communication and education, and particularly an interest in pedagogical communication. The site introduced a lot of really interesting and useful techniques for active teacher-student engagement regardless of the subject matter, which I also believe is very useful.

Teaching Assistant