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Valorie Falco
  Valorie Falco
Valorie Falco currently teaches second grade in a suburban district outside Albany NY. She has taught in both special and regular education settings, including resource room, kindergarten, and grades one through three. She has been a language arts coordinator, a staff developer, and a literacy coach.

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Christian Faltis
  Christian Faltis
Christian Faltis is Professor of bilingual education and applied linguistics at Arizona State University. His research interests include the study of bilingualism and the teaching of immigrant English learners in school. His most recent work include Teaching English Learners and Immigrant Students in Secondary School (with Cathy Coulter, 2007), Teaching English Language Learners in Elementary School Communities: A Joinfostering Approach (2006); and Immigrant Students in U.S. Schools: Building a Pro-Immigrant, English-Plus Education Counterscript (2007).

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Gay Fawcett
  Gay Fawcett
Gay Fawcett has been in education for 36 years as a teacher, principal, language arts consultant, and curriculum director. She has also coauthored several books, including Partner Poems for Building Fluency: Grades 4–6 (Scholastic) and Teaching Children Who Find Reading Difficult (Pearson).

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Parker Fawson
  Parker Fawson
Parker Fawson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate reading and language arts courses. Dr. Fawson taught primary and intermediate students in elementary school. He has published literacy research in numerous professional journals.

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Adele Fiderer
  Adele Fiderer
Adele Fiderer has extensive experience as a classroom teacher and language arts staff developer. Currently she is an education writer who also serves as an educational consultant for several school districts in New York, presenting workshops and inservices. The most rewarding part of her work are the wonderful ideas and insights she collects from experienced and generous teachers and then shares with others through her books.

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David Lee Finkle
  David Lee Finkle
David Lee Finkle is a National Board-Certified Teacher who has taught English in Florida middle and high schools since 1990. He is the author of Making My Escape, a young adult science fiction novel, and the creator of Mr. Fitz, a comic strip about teaching, which runs five times a week in the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

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Susan Finney
  Susan Finney
Sue Finney has had 25 years of classroom experience. She has been a Master Teacher for UCLA and a mentor teacher in her district, as well as an adjunct professor in reading education.

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Leslie Fisher
  Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher is a primary grade reading specialist in the Roxbury School District, Roxbury, New Jersey. A former first-grade teacher, Leslie conducts in-district educational courses focused on primary level instruction and consults with school districts throughout the Northeast. She is a contributing teacher to Guided Comprehension in the Primary Grades (IRA, 2003), and the featured teacher in the reading comprehension video produced by the state of New Jersey's Reading First program. She earned her undergraduate degree from Purdue University, and her masters degree in reading education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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Douglas Fisher
  Douglas Fisher
Douglas Fisher, Ph.D., is a professor of Language and Literacy Education at San Diego State University and co-director of the Center for the Advancement of Reading at California State University. The recipient of several awards in education and literacy, including the International Reading Association’s Celebrate Literacy Award, Fisher has served as an early intervention specialist and language development specialist as well as a high school English, writing, and literacy-development teacher. He also teaches courses in SDSU’s teacher-credentialing program as well as graduate-level courses on English language development and literacy. Among his publications are Creating Literacy-Rich Schools for Adolescents (with Gay Ivey; ASCD, 2006), Improving Adolescent Literacy: Strategies at Work (with Nancy Frey; Prentice Hall, 2003) and Teaching English Language Learners: A Differentiated Approach (with Carol Rothenberg; Prentice Hall, 2006).

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Sylvia Ford
  Sylvia Ford
Sylvia M. Ford is an educational consultant who works nationally and internationally with a focus on balanced literacy, is a former classroom teacher with more than 30 years of experience in grades K-5. She worked as a language arts specialist for a K-12 school district. Sylvia is coauthor with Cheryl Sigmon on lessons and strategies for teaching writing to specific grades and in the content areas. She lives in West Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband Don.

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Antoinette Cerulli Fornshell
  Antoinette Cerulli Fornshell
Antoinette Cerulli Fornshell is a certified K-12 reading specialist and literacy consultant who leads teacher workshops and study groups throughout New England. She has been a primary teacher, a staff developer with the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, and was the recipient of the 1999 Connecticut Association of Reading Research Scholarship.

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Rosalie Franzese
  Rosalie Franzese
Rosalie Franzese is a reading specialist and trained Reading Recovery teacher who has been involved in education for over 15 years. She taught kindergarten through second grade in the New York City school system. Rosalie received the Distinguished Teacher Award and Teacher of the Year Award in New York City’s District 2. She lives in New York with her family.

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Tena Freeman
  Tena Freeman
Tena Freeman, MA, has taught for many years, most recently at St. Andrews, a school that provides an especially attentive, caring academic culture for its children.


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David Freeman
  David Freeman
David Freeman is professor of reading and ESL at the University of Texas at Brownsville where Yvonne Freeman is professor of bilingual education. The Freemans have coauthored a number of books, including Teaching Reading and Writing in Spanish and English, Dual Language Essentials, Closing the Achievement Gap, Essential Linguistics, and Between Worlds.

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Yvonne Freeman
  Yvonne Freeman
Yvonne Freeman is professor of bilingual education at the University of Texas at Brownsville where David Freeman is a professor or reading and ESL. The Freemans have coauthored a number of books, including Teaching Reading and Writing in Spanish and English, Dual Language Essentials, Closing the Achievement Gap, Essential Linguistics, and Between Worlds.

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Mary Jo Fresch
  Mary Jo Fresch
Mary Jo Fresch, Ph.D is a professor at Ohio State University, and widely published, respected thinker on spelling instruction.

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Nancy Frey
  Nancy Frey
Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Literacy at San Diego State University. Before joining the university faculty, Nancy taught students at the elementary and middle school level in Broward County, Florida, and later worked on a statewide project for supporting students with diverse learning needs in general education curriculum. Frey currently teaches courses in SDSU’s teacher-credentialing program on elementary and secondary literacy in content-area instruction and supporting students with diverse learning needs. She is a recipient of the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education and has co-authored several books on literacy, including Improving Adolescent Literacy: Strategies at Work (with Douglas Fisher; Prentice Hall, 2003).

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Carol J. Fuhler
  Carol J. Fuhler
Carol Fuhler is associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction at Iowa State University. With Pamela Farris and Maria Walther, she co-authored Teaching Reading: A Balanced Approach for Today's Classrooms (McGraw-Hill, 2004). She is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences.

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Laurie Fyke
  Laurie Fyke
Laurie Fyke has been teaching for more than 25 years in kindergarten and first grade classrooms and has helped develop and implement early literacy intervention programs as a consultant. Laurie currently provides early literacy training for both parents and teachers and is actively involved in community literacy projects. Her kindergarten and pre-kindergarten assessment books are her first books with Scholastic. Visit Laurie Fyke's Web site: www.primarylearning.ca

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