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Lori Oczkus
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  Lori Oczkus
Lori Oczkus is a literacy coach, author, and popular speaker across the United States. Tens of thousands of teachers have attended her motivating, fast paced workshops and read her practical, research-based professional books. Lori has extensive experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, intervention specialist working with struggling readers, and staff developer and literacy coach. She works with students every week in classrooms and really knows the challenges that teachers face in teaching students to read!

Lori has written two best selling books on comprehension that have been featured in the Reading Teacher journal. Reciprocal Teaching at Work… (IRA, 2003) was the October 2003 book of the month around the world. Her video/DVD (IRA, 2005) won the prestigious Association of Educational Publishers Video of the Year award in 2006. P. David Pearson says that Lori's second book, "Super Six Comprehension Strategies" (Christopher Gordon, 2004) is "a marvelous book for teachers… the right book at the right time." (from the foreword)

Lori’s latest book, Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results is published by Heinemann. (Feb. 07)


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Michael Opitz
  Michael Opitz

Former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, Dr. Michael F. Opitz is a professor of reading at the University of Northern Colorado where he teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses and works with doctoral candidates. He is the author and coauthor of several books including Literacy Lessons to Help Kids Get Fit and Healthy (Scholastic, 2010), Comprehension and English Language Learners: 25 Oral Reading Strategies that Cross Proficiency Levels (Heinemann,2009),Do-able Differentiation: Varying Texts, Supports and Groups to Reach Readers (Heinemann, 2008), Don't Speed! Read! 12 Steps for Smart and Sensible Fluency instruction (Scholastic, 2007), Reading Diagnosis and Improvement: Assessment and Instruction, 6th ed. (Allyn & Bacon, 2010), Books and Beyond: New Ways to Reach Readers (Heinemann, 2006) Listen Hear! 25 Ways to Enhance Listening Comprehension (Heinemann, 2005), Reaching Readers: Flexible and Innovative Strategies for Guided Reading (Heinemann, 2001), Rhymes and Reasons: Literature and Language Play for Phonological Awareness (Heinemann, 2000), Good-bye Round Robin (Heinemann, 1998/2008), Flexible Grouping in Reading (Scholastic, 1998), and Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (International Reading Association, 1998). He is also an author of Extreme Pair-It (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), a supplemental reading program aimed at engaging boys with reading, Literacy By Design (Rigby, 2008), a supplemental literacy program, Intervention by Design (Rigby, 2009), an intervention program tailored to children who need additional help with reading, Summer Success Reading (Great Source, 2007), a reading program designed to help children who need additional help with reading as well as Afterschool Achiever's Reading Club (Great Source, 2003). Michael is also a contributing author of the revised Daybooks, Grades 3-5 (Great Source, 2008). Michael's articles appear in professional and trade journals.

Michael works in selected classrooms in the US and abroad planning, teaching and evaluating demonstration lessons focused on different aspects of literacy. He provides inservice and staff development sessions, serves as a consultant, and presents at state and international conferences.

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Barbara Orehovec
  Barbara Orehovec
Barbara Orehovec is a reading specialist in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she coordinates her school's reading-language arts programs. She presents at local, state, and regional conferences . She and Marybeth Alley are coauthors of Revisiting the Reading Workshop and Revisiting the Writing Workshop.

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Nicole Outsen
  Nicole Outsen
Nicole Outsen is a fifth-grader teacher at the North Hampton School in North Hampton, New Hampshire. She writes and speaks widely on topics such as staff development, teacher research, and reading instruction. Unlike most books on teaching reading comprehension, her book with coauthor Stephanie Yulga explores each strategy in depth. They devote a full chapter to each strategy, enabling readers at all stages of development to be successful.

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