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Rosemary A. Bamford
  Rosemary A. Bamford
Rosemary A. Bamford, Ed.D., recently retired as professor of Literacy Education at the University of Maine where she worked extensively with practicing and preservice teachers. She is coauthor of several texts and many articles and chapters on literacy. She shares the 2000 University of Maine Research and Creative Achievement Award with Kristo. She is presently an educational consultant.

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Diane Barone
  Diane Barone
Diane Barone is professor of literacy studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. She teaches courses in early literacy, literacy and diversity, and qualitative research. Diane recently served as the Editor of Reading Research Quarterly and is the Principal Investigator for Reading First in Nevada. She's also a member of the board for the International Reading Association. She is the author of multiple titles including Reading First in the Classroom with Joan Taylor and Darrin Hardman, Literacy and Young Children: Research-Based Practices with Lesley Morrow, Teaching Early Literacy: Development, Assessment, and Instruction with Marla Mallette and Shelley Xu, and Writing Without Boundaries: What's Possible When Students Combine Genres with Suzette Youngs.

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Isabel Beck
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  Isabel Beck
Isabel L. Beck, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her research, which has been published in numerous articles and several books, has spanned the areas of decoding, vocabulary, and comprehension. Dr. Beck's work has been acknowledged by major awards, including the William S. Gray award for career contributions from the International Reading Association. She is coauthor with Margaret McKeown on groundbreaking books on comprehension, Questioning the Author, and vocabulary, Bringing Words to Life, as well as many other professional resources.

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Linda Ward Beech
  Linda Ward Beech
Linda Ward Beech is a New York City-based writer who has written more than 40 books for Scholastic Teaching Resources.

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V. Susan Bennett-Armistead
  V. Susan Bennett-Armistead
V. Susan Bennett-Armistead is a mother of four and an Assistant Professor of Early Literacy at the University of Maine. Drawing on 20 years as a preschool teacher, parent educator, program administrator as well as a PhD with an emphasis in early literacy, she speaks nationally to parent groups and educators on the role that families can play in their children's literacy learning.

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Vicki Benson-Castagna
  Vicki Benson-Castagna
Vicki Benson Castagna has been an elementary classroom teacher, special ed/learning disabilities teacher, elementary principal, and college professor over the past two decades. She is a popular workshop and inservice speaker, working extensively across the nation and the world. She worked for 10 years in international schools in South America. Vicki's research and instructional strategies in the area of comprehension have gained national attention. She coauthored, with Carrice Cummins, The Power of Retelling for the Wright Group and developed the company's national workshop on fiction and nonfiction retelling. She received her doctorate from the University of Alabama, where she earned the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the College of Education for her research about beginning teachers in their transition to constructivist teaching. Her current work focuses on helping teachers make fiction and nonfiction text explicit to young readers by using cognitive strategies.

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Randee Bergen
  Randee Bergen
Randee Bergen's 17 years in the classroom have included teaching each grade, K through 6, as well as special education. Her experiences shaping writing instruction for older students and struggling learners and teaching her two daughters to write resulted in this novel and effective approach to developing a strong writing foundation for kindergarten students. Bergen has written articles on teaching students with learning disabilities and on reading and writing instruction for LD Forum and Connect, and contributed research findings to the Colorado State Department of Education's classroom research report. She currently teaches kindergarten in Grand Junction, Colorado.

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Bette Bergeron
  Bette Bergeron
Bette S. Bergeron, Ph.D., is a Professor of Education and the Head of the Faculty of Education at Arizona State University East. Her areas of specialty are elementary literacy and teacher education. Bergeron worked with Melody Bradbury-Wolff in her classroom for three years to develop the ideas in Teaching Reading Strategies in the Primary Grades.

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Kelly Bergman
  Kelly Bergman
Kelly Bergman is a former elementary school teacher and principal from Denver, Colorado. She now teaches preservice candidates at the School of Education, University of Colorado at Denver, serves as a consultant with local school districts, and presents workshops for teachers on preparing for a successful school year and on teaching writing.

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Shawn Bird
  Shawn Bird
Shawn Bird is a middle school principal in the Spring Branch Independent School District in Houston, Texas. Bird has taught high school English as well as courses in reading and teacher education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is co-editor of the Young Adult Books column in the NCTE publication for middle level teachers, Voices from the Middle.

Read a review from the Education Review (November 2009) on Closing the Achievement Gap, click here (PDF).

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James Blasingame
  James Blasingame
Jim Blasingame is an assistant professor of English Education at Arizona State University. He is the coeditor of the ALAN Review. As the author of the "Books for Adolescents" section of the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, he interviews several authors each month and reviews hundreds of young adult books each year.

Award Winner! James Blasingame, Scholastic Professional author and a former high school English teacher who pursued his doctorate degree after nearly 20 years of K-12 teaching, was chosen out of 30 professors to be the ASU Parents Association 2008 Professor of the Year!

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Wiley Blevins
  Wiley Blevins
Wiley Blevins is an early reading specialist who holds a M. Ed. from Harvard. He taught elementary school in both the United States and South America, and was Director of Special Projects for Scholastic in New York City. Wiley has written and edited many phonics and reading materials, and is the author of Phonics from A-Z and Teaching Phonics and Word Study in the Intermediate Grades, to name a few. He is also coauthor with Alice Boynton on several professional resources covering specific grade levels: Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction and Nonfiction Passages with Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice. He lives in New York City.

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Barbara L. Boroson
  Barbara L. Boroson
Barbara Boroson holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell and a masters degree in social work from Columbia University. She has worked in the field of autism spectrum education for almost twenty years in clinical, administrative, and advisory capacities. She is a guest lecturer at colleges of education and, as a consultant, helps districts integrate students on the spectrum into mainstream settings. Her writing has appeared in publications across the country. Barbara lives just outside of New York City with her husband and their two children.

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Noah Borrero
  Noah Borrero
Noah Borrero is Assistant Professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco (USF), where he initiated a new program in Urban Education and Social Justice. His research interests focus on urban education, acculturation, and adolescent development. In 2006, he earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in Child and Adolescent Development. Borrero taught middle and high school English in the San Francisco Bay Area and developed a "young interpreters" program where bilingual youth served as interpreters and translators for their school and community.

Read a review from the Education Review (November 2009) on Closing the Achievement Gap, click here (PDF).

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Margaret Bouchard
  Margaret Bouchard
Margaret Bouchard is a Missouri-based educator whose specialty is Multicultural Education and English Language Development. She has served as a member of the Oakland County Bilingual Directors Board, an ESL Teacher/Coordinator for the Lamphere School District, and an instructor at the Applied Language Institution, University of Missouri, Kansas City. She has developed and presented numerous workshops in reading, Multicultural Education, and English Language Development. In addition to her work in education, Margaret serves as a commissioner on the Human Rights Commision in Kansas City. She is also the author of ESL Smart! (Pearson/Longman Education, 2000).

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Alice Boynton
  Alice Boynton
Alice Boynton has taught professional development courses at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, and at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She is a writer and editor with 15 years of experience in the elementary classroom. She is coauthor with Wiley Blevins on several Scholastic professional resources, including Teaching Students to Read Nonfiction and Nonfiction Passages with Graphic Organizers for Independent Practice. Alice is also the author of numerous children's stories.

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Melody Bradbury-Wolff
  Melody Bradbury-Wolff
Melody Bradbury-Wolff has taught for 23 years in grades K-4. She is currently a first-grade teacher at Homan Elementary School in Schereville, Indiana. Melody holds a master's degree in Elementary Administration.

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Wendie Bramwell
  Wendie Bramwell
Wendie Bramwell worked as program developer for the Committee for Children in Seattle, Washington, where she resides.

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Lynnette Brent
  Lynnette Brent
Lynnette Brent is co-author of Mastering the Mechanics: Grades 6-8 with Linda Hoyt.

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Karen Bromley
  Karen Bromley
Karen Bromley is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Education at Binghamton University where she is Director of Graduate Studies and the America Reads Program, and teaches literacy courses. Her research interests include classroom practices and strategies for improving reading and writing. She was a third grade teacher and reading specialist in New York and Maryland, and has written articles for professional journals and several books for teachers on topics related to comprehension, writing, and vocabulary.

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Valerie Brown
  Valerie Brown
Valerie B. Brown, Ph.D., has extensive experience as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Reading Recovery teacher, and professional development coordinator. She is currently Project Director/Community Liaison for the Center for Research in Education in North Carolina.

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Peter Brunn
  Peter Brunn
Peter Brunn is the Director of Professional Development at the non-profit Developmental Studies Center (DSC) in Oakland, California. At DSC, Peter leads the organization's work with schools and districts across the country to support the fostering of students' academic, social, and ethical development. He often shares this work through keynotes and presentations at local, state, and national conferences including NCTE, NSDC, and IRA. Prior to coming to DSC, Peter worked as a staff developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. He began his career teaching elementary school in the Bronx, NY. He currently lives in El Cerrito, CA, with his wife and daughter.

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Jim Burke
  Jim Burke
Jim Burke is an English teacher at Burlingame High School, California. He has received numerous awards, including the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award, the NCTE Conference on English Leadership Award, and the California Reading Association Hall of Fame Award. He served on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Committee on Adolescence and Young Adulthood English Language Arts Standards and recently worked with ACT on their high school English Language Arts standards. His published books include The English Teacher's Companion, The Teacher's Daybook, Reading Reminders and Writing Reminders, 50 Essential Lessons, Illuminating Texts, and The Reader's Handbook.
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Sarah Buxton
  Sarah Buxton
Sarah Buxton taught middle school English/Language Arts for six years in Brooklyn using the Reading and Writing Workshop model. She is currently pursuing her masters degree and living in Brooklyn with her spouse and children.

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