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Melissa LaCotti
  Melissa LaCotti

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Rebecca Lamb
  Rebecca Lamb
Rebecca Lamb is an Elementary Reading Teacher Specialist with Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Annapolis, MD. She holds a Masters degree in Reading from Loyola College and has more than 15 years experience as a classroom teacher and reading specialist.

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Lester Laminack
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  Lester Laminack
Lester Laminack is Professor Emeritus from Western Carolina University where he taught writing workshop, children's literature, and reading. His professional books include Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature and Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum: How to Build Bridges in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies. He is also the author of four books for children: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor's Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, and Jake's 100th Day of School. He served three years as coeditor of the NCTE journal Primary Voices and as editor of the Children's Book Review Department of the National Council of Teachers of English journal Language Arts from 2003-2006.

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Barry Lane
  Barry Lane
Barry Lane has taught writing at the University of New Hampshire, and worked as a writer in residence in hundreds of elementary and secondary school classrooms throughout the country. Barry is nationally known for his dynamic, hands-on workshops on writing and revision and his popular writing books, After "The End" (Heinemann), Discovering the Writer Within, Writing as a Road to Self Discovery (Writer's Digest Books), The Portfolio Sourcebook (Vermont Portfolio Institute), and his tape of original fairy tale songs, Lane's Recycled Fairy Tales (New World Records).

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Marjorie Larner
  Marjorie Larner
Marjorie Larner, a former teacher and administrator, currently works in a variety of settings as an instructional coach and as a facilitator developing and sustaining collaborative cultures and designing professional development experiences. She is a facilitator for National School Reform Faculty, codirector of Colorado Critical Friends Group, and a former staff developer for Public Education and Business Coalition. Marjorie is the author of Pathways: Charting a Course for Professional Learning.

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Joan Lazar
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  Joan Lazar
Joan Lazar is both a scientist and a reading specialist. She began her professional career as a doctoral candidate at Yale University with a full scholarship to study chemistry. She was drawn to nonprofit work and research that centered on struggling readers. With a scientific point of view, she and Christine Vogel created two highly effective literacy non-profit organizations in Newark, New Jersey: Reading Naturally, a teacher and tutor training organization, and The Newark Literacy Campaign, a citywide reading tutorial service for people of all ages. Joan Lazar has received the “Outstanding Non-Profit Leader” award twice from the Prudential Foundation, as well as the “Literacy Advocate of Newark” award from the United Way of Essex County.

For more than thirty years, in a wide variety of learning environments, Joan Lazar has been studying closely how learners of all ages can make dramatic breakthroughs in reading comprehension relatively quickly when they are shown how to use logic to understand written language. Joan Lazar works as a reading specialist and a literacy coach in the Teaneck Public School System in New Jersey. She is also a Certified Teacher of Physical Science and Math.

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Linda Lee
  Linda Lee

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Amy Lee
  Amy Lee
Amy Lee is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She teaches undergraduate writing and literature courses, primarily to students who are under-represented in higher education, and graduate courses in teaching writing and critical pedagogy. Her research includes a book, Composing Critical Pedagogies (NCTE), a co-authored basic writing textbook, and articles on teacher development in higher education, Composition, First Year Experience programs and Learning Communities.

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Martin Lee
  Martin Lee
Educational consultant and former teacher from New York City, Martin Lee has written many books for Scholastic. Lee has published a companion book for grades 2-3 as well as two math books in the series: Differentiated Activities for Teaching Key Math Skills (Grades 2-3 and 4-6). In addition, Lee has published these top-selling resources for math: 40 Fabulous Math Mysteries Kids Can't Resist, 5-Minute Math Problem of the Day, and Tunes That Teach Multiplication Facts.

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Kristin Lems
  Kristin Lems
Kristin Lems, Ed.D., is a professor of ESL/bilingual education at National-Louis University in Chicago. She is coauthor of Teaching Reading to English Language Learners: Insights from Linguistics (2010) and coeditor of Fluency Instruction: Research-based Best Practices (2006).

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Lisa Lenhart
  Lisa Lenhart

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Denise Leograndis
  Denise Leograndis
Denise Leograndis is a fulltime elementary teacher for the Santa Clara Unified School District in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is also a professional developer for her district and the Franklin-Mckinley School District where she and her colleagues plan and lead summer writing institutes. Additionally, she serves as a guest lecturer for pre-service and masters literacy classes at San Jose State University. Denise lives in Sunnyvale with her husband of 26 years and their teenage son, one dog and a rabbit. She loves snowshoeing in the Sierra Mountains and scuba diving anytime, anywhere. But mostly, she loves to teach.

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Debbie Lera
  Debbie Lera
Debbie Lera is the Director of Professional Development for LitLife West. Debbie taught primary grades for many years in California and Arizona. She prides herself on bringing practical professional development in literacy to working teachers. An experienced trainer, presenter and curriculum developer, Debbie enjoys working with both large and small groups of educators. She was recognized by the Noyce Foundation as an Exemplary Teacher of Writing in the Every Child a Reader and Writer Initiative.
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Constance Leuenberger
  Constance Leuenberger
Constance L. Leuenberger has taught kindergarten through sixth grade for over 14 years. She is also an educational consultant who regularly presents workshops to teachers across the country. Connie lives on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts with her husband and sons.

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Larry Lewin
  Larry Lewin
Larry Lewin taught language arts and social studies at the middle school level for more than half of his 24 years in the classroom. He currently works as a teacher educator and presents nationally on a variety of literacy topics, including differentiation and strategies for struggling readers and writers. In addition to writing on-line instructional material for Stack the Deck Writing, he has published Great Performances: Creating Classroom-Based Performance Assessments (with Betty Shoemaker, ASCD, 1998), Using the Internet to Strengthen Curriculum (ASCD, 2001), and Paving the Way in Reading and Writing: Strategies and Activities to Support Struggling Students (Jossey-Bass, 2003). Larry currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Read a review from the Education Review (November 2009) on Teaching Comprehension with Questioning Strategies that Motivate Middle School Readers, click here (PDF).

Read an article about Teaching Critical Reading with Questioning Strategies, click here (PDF).

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J. Patrick Lewis
  J. Patrick Lewis
J. Patrick Lewis is one of this county's most popular and prolific children's poets and short story writers. His most well-loved books for children include Castles, Doodle Dandies, Scien-Trickery, and Arithem-Tickles. He visits elementary schools regularly and presents teacher workshops on introducing poetry in the classroom. He lives in Ohio.

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Jane Lierman
  Jane Lierman
Jane Lierman is co-author of the Scholastic Professional book Essay Writing Made Easy With the Hourglass Organizer.

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Marjorie Lipson
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Marjorie Lipson is deeply committed to improving student performance and school effectiveness in reading and writing. She has conducted research on and provided instructional support for students with reading disabilities; comprehension instruction; assessment and teachers' response to assessment mandates; and successful schools. Her research has been continuously supported by the U.S. government and/or foundations since 1993. Marge is the coauthor, with Karen Wixson, of the successful textbook Assessment and Instruction of Reading and Writing Difficulties: An Interactive Approach (Allyn & Bacon), now in its third edition, and has published articles in many journals, including The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, Reading Research Quarterly, and The Elementary School Journal. In addition, she is an author on the Houghton Mifflin reading program, which has had significant impact on students and teachers over the past decade. Marge teaches graduate and undergraduate students and codirects the reading clinic at the University of Vermont. She is currently working in six high-poverty schools to help improve literacy instruction.

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Dawn Little
  Dawn Little
Dawn Little has a decade of educational experience, particularly in literacy. As an upper elementary grade teacher, she successfully taught students how to become better readers and writers using proven strategies. Currently an educational consultant, Dawn has presented workshops in literacy at the local, state, and national level. Dawn holds a Masters Degree in Education with an emphasis on curriculum and instruction. She resides in Maryland with her husband and children.

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Susan Lunsford
  Susan Lunsford
Susan Lunsford has taught in primary classrooms for twelve years in State College, Pennsylvania, schools. A lifelong enthusiast of children's literature, she received her masters degree from Penn State University. Susan has presented her work on book-based writing ideas for young children at Penn State Children's Literature Matters Conference and has published in Language Arts and Instructor Magazine. She resides in Pennsylvania with her spouse and children.

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Judy Lynch
  Judy Lynch
Judy Lynch, a certified reading specialist who holds a masters degree in reading and language arts, team teaches first grade at Madison Elementary School near Sacramento, California. She is also a Reading Recovery teacher, providing literacy support to K-3 teachers. When she is not teaching, Judy helps school districts across the United States and Canada, bringing teachers the latest research and practices into their classrooms.

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Anna Lyon
  Anna Lyon
Anna Lyon is an Assistant Professor in the department of Curriculum and Instruction at East Carolina University. In her teaching career she has taught elementary students in both public and private settings, and has served as a reading specialist and a Reading Recovery teacher. She taught adult education students, and currently instructs graduate students and preservice teachers. Dr. Lyon co-authored Sound Systems (2003), a book addressing the systematic, explicit teaching of phonics, as well as New Essentials for Teaching Reading in PreK-2 (Scholastic, 2005).

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