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Katharine Samway
  Katharine Samway
Katharine Davies Samway is Professor of Education at San José State University, where she teaches courses in reading/language arts, assessment, writing, and multicultural literature for children and young adults. Her research focuses on the literacy development of English language learners (particularly their writing development and processes), and influences on teachers' beliefs and practices. She's the author of Myths and Realities, Second Edition (2007), Buddy Reading (1995), and the co-author of Literature Study Circles in a Multicultural Classroom (1996).

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Jennifer Sassaman
  Jennifer Sassaman
Jennifer Sassaman is a teacher in the Roxbury School District, Roxbury, New Jersey, where she has taught both fourth and fifth grades. A certified reading specialist, Jennifer conducts in-district professional development courses focused on intermediate level literacy instruction. In addition to being a contributing teacher to Critical Literacy: Enhancing Students’ Comprehension of Text (Scholastic, 2004) and Research-Based Reading Lessons for K-3 (Scholastic, 2005), she has been a presenter at the International Reading Association's annual conference. Jennifer earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Rhode Island and her masters degree in reading education from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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Charlotte Sassman
  Charlotte Sassman
Charlotte Sassman recently retired after teaching kindergarten and first grade for more than 30 years. Charlotte coauthored Teaching Effective Classroom Routines, The Scholastic Book of Early Childhood Learning Centers, Positive Teacher Talk for Better Classroom Management, and other resources published by Scholastic.

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Lola Schaefer
  Lola Schaefer
Lola M. Schaefer was a classroom teacher for 18 years, teaching kindergarten through seventh grade. She now serves as an educational consultant and works in elementary and middle schools across the United States demonstrating classroom writing lessons and working with teachers on craft mini-lessons, as well as revision and genre structures. She also provides staff development workshops and is an accomplished children's book author, with more than 220 books to her credit. Her Scholastic professional books include Teaching Narrative Writing, 10 Writing Lessons for the Overhead, and Writing Lessons for the Overhead for grades 1, 2-3, and 5 and Up. Recently Lola and her husband moved from Indiana to the mountains of north Georgia.

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Patricia L. Scharer
  Patricia L. Scharer
Patricia L. Scharer is a professor of education at The Ohio State University. Her research, which centers around teacher change, phonics/word study, and the use of children's literature in instruction, has been published in Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, Language Arts, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, and Reading Research and Instruction. She is coauthor of Rethinking Phonics: Making the Best Teaching Decisions (Heinemann) and Teaching for Comprehension in Reading, Grades K-2 (Scholastic).

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Roland Schendel
  Roland Schendel
Roland K. Schendel is a former elementary school teacher. He teaches literacy at Illinois State University, coaches student teachers, and conducts reading research in elementary classrooms with striving readers and their teachers.

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Valerie Schiffer-Danoff
  Valerie Schiffer-Danoff
Valerie Schiffer-Danoff was a second-grade teacher at Bedford Village Elementary School in Bedford Village, New York. She taught for more than fifteen years, has been a staff developer at the Westchester Teacher Center, and an adjunct teacher at the College of New Rochelle. She is the author of several resources published by Scholastic.

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Mary Browning Schulman
  Mary Browning Schulman
Mary Browning Schulman is a reading/language arts resource teacher who works alongside teachers and students at London Towne Elementary in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has had extensive experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, teacher consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project, and Title I reading teacher and staff developer. A National Board Certified Teacher, Mary has made numerous presentations on reading and writing at state, national, and international conferences. She is the coauthor of Getting the Most Out of Morning Message and Other Shared Writing Lessons and Guided Reading: Making It Work, both published by Scholastic. Mary resides in northern Virginia with her family.

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Judith A. Scott
  Judith A. Scott
Judith A. Scott is associate professor of education at UC Santa Cruz where she is also the Director of Doctoral Programs in the Education Department and chair of the Ph.D. specialization in language, literacy, and culture. She studies vocabulary acquisition, vocabulary instruction, and teacher education within the context of language, literacy, and culture. As a testament to her exemplary work with schools, Judith received the 2006 John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award from the International Reading Association. Her current work, funded by the United States Department of Education National Center for Education Research, focuses on the development of vocabulary through writing and ways to promote word consciousness in classrooms, particularly with students traditionally underserved by schools. She has been a member of the executive committee of the Vocabulary Special Interest Group within the American Educational Research Association for several years, Co-Director of a University of California Office of the President professional development institute for instructional partners of English Language Learners, and she has numerous publication on vocabulary learning and instruction, including articles and chapters in Reading Research Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, and the Handbook of Reading Research (vol. 3).

Judith A. Scott receives grant to develop "A Dictionary for the 21st Century." Click here to read the article.

Read a review of The Word-Conscious Classroom.


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Frank Serafini
  Frank Serafini
Frank Serafini is Associate Professor of Literacy Education and Children's Literature at the Arizona State University, teaching courses in children's literature, literary theory, and literacy research. He is the author of several professional books including, Around the Reading Workshop in 180 Days, Lessons in Comprehension, Reading Aloud and Beyond, and The Reading Workshop.

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Linda Shalaway
  Linda Shalaway
Linda Shalaway has written extensively about teaching and research on teaching, and works with teachers and researchers all over the country. She's been an editor of an educational research and development magazine, contributing editor and columnist for Instructor magazine, a consultant and freelance writer for numerous educational publications, and a writing instructor. Currently a junior high and high school teacher, Linda resides in West Virginia.

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Darla Shaw
  Darla Shaw
Darla Shaw is a professor of education at Western Connecticut State University, where she is head of the graduate reading program. In her forty-seven years of teaching she has taught every grade level from preschoolers to doctoral candidates. Dr. Shaw is a well known literacy presenter both nationally and internationally. She has won numerous literacy awards and has written extensively on the practical applications of literacy.

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Franki Sibberson
  Franki Sibberson
Franki Sibberson is currently an intermediate multiage teacher at Albert Chapman Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. She has 20 years experience that includes classroom teaching in grades K, 1, 3, 4, and 5. She also works with teachers across the country in workshops dealing with reading in grades 3-6 and is a member of the Elementary Steering Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English. Franki is coauthor (with Karen Szymusiak) of Beyond Leveled Books and Still Learning to Read (both Stenhouse). She also has classroom videos including Bringing Reading to Life (Stenhouse), Making the Most of News Magazines (Stenhouse), Writers in Transition (Choice Literacy), and a forthcoming video about content literacy (Choice Literacy). Franki also maintains a blog, with colleague Mary Lee Hahn, about children's books, professional books, and adult books that they are reading at www.readingyear.blogspot.com.

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Cheryl Sigmon
  Cheryl Sigmon
Cheryl M. Sigmon is currently an educational consultant, working in schools nationally and internationally to help teachers integrate balanced literacy. She has served as a language arts specialist in the South Carolina State Department of Education, and is a former classroom teacher. Cheryl has coauthored several professional resources with Sylvia M. Ford on writing lessons for specific grade levels and for the content areas. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina, with her husband, Ray, with whom she has three grown daughters. Visit Cheryl Sigmon's Web site: www.cherylsigmon.com.

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Alan Sitomer
  Alan Sitomer
Alan Lawrence Sitomer is California's 2007 Teacher of the Year. In addition to being an inner-city high school English teacher and professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Sitomer is a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers. He received the 2004 award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and the 2003 Teacher of the Year honor from California Literacy. Other recent honors for Sitomer include being named Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University (2007) and Innovative Educator of the Year by the Insight Education Group (2008).

Mr. Sitomer has also authored four young adult novels published by Disney that include The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School, Homeboyz, and The Secret Story of Sonia Rodriguez.

The American Library Association named Homeboyz a Top Ten Book of the Year 2008, giving it the prestigious ALA Quick Pick Recognition for young adult novels that best engage reluctant readers. Sitomer is also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics, a text being used in classrooms across the United States to illuminate classic poetry through hip-hop in order to engage disengaged students in both poetry and academics. Learn more about Sitomer as well as tap into the host of free educational resources he provides at www.AlanSitomer.com.


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Bob Sizoo
  Bob Sizoo
Bob Sizoo has taught sixth-grade students in Arcata, California, since 1986. He was co-director of the Redwood Writing Project where he has been a teacher consultant since 1987. He resides in Fieldbrook with his wife, three horses, and two cats.

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Bonnie J. Skobel
  Bonnie J. Skobel
Bonnie J. Skobel is an adjunct faculty associate at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada and a veteran classroom teacher-researcher.

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Megan Sloan
  Megan Sloan
A primary teacher for more than 20 years, Megan S. Sloan currently teaches second grade in Snohomish, Washington. Megan is also a curriculum specialist and educational consultant who has conducted workshops on teaching writing and reading throughout the United States and Canada. She has presented at state and national reading conferences, and contributed to articles in Instructor magazine and The Reading Teacher. Megan lives in Kirkland, Washington.

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Kristina Smekens
  Kristina Smekens
Kristina Smekens is a literacy consultant, a certified 6-traits trainer, and a sought-after presenter. She lives near Ft. Wayne, Indiana, with her husband Brady and three children. This is her first book with Scholastic Professional.

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Karen Smith
  Karen Smith
Karen Smith is an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy, and Director of Professional Development in the Division of Curriculum & Instruction at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research is conducted in collaboration with teachers in urban settings and focuses on literacy teaching and learning, and teacher research. She speaks and consults widely on literacy development and teaching as a scholarly activity. She has received numerous awards for her teaching including the 2002 Richard Halle Outstanding Middle School Educator award from the National Council of Teachers of English, the 2003 ASU College of Education Dean's Excellent Award for Faculty Teaching, and the 2008 John Chorlton Manning Public School Service Award from the International Reading Association.

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Michael Smith
  Michael Smith
Michael W. Smith, professor in the College of Education at Temple University and former high school teacher for 11 years, has written eight books, including Authorizing Readers: Resistance and Respect in the Teaching of Literature (with Peter Rabinowitz) and Understanding Unreliable Narrators.

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Rochelle Soloway
  Rochelle Soloway
Rochelle Soloway spent the first 25 years of her career in Australia, where she taught kindergarten through grade six. She was an administrator and curriculum coordinator in Victoria; more recently, she has served as a staff developer in New York City. She currently works as a literacy coach and staff developer in upstate New York.

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Margo Southall
  Margo Southall
With years of experience as a classroom teacher, special education resource teacher, reading specialist and literacy coach to guide her, Margo now enjoys her role as an educational consultant with school districts across the United States and Canada. Margo’s books and training are designed to support teachers in developing highly effective, differentiated literacy programs. Her special interests focus on designing intervention programs for struggling readers, developing frameworks for differentiated instruction in the classroom, and supporting literacy coaches in their work with teachers and students. Visit Margo at her website www.margosouthall.com.

Read a review from the Education Review (November 2009) on Differentiated Small-Group Reading Lessons, click here (PDF).

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Dixie Lee Spiegel
  Dixie Lee Spiegel
Dixie Lee Spiegel recently retired from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was Senior Associate Dean of the School of Education and taught courses in literacy education. She is a former third-grade teacher and Title I reading teacher. Her articles have appeared in many journals including The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and the Journal of Reading Behavior. She is coauthor of the book Moving Forward With Literature Circles: How to Plan, Manage, and Evaluate Literature Circles That Deepen Understanding and Foster a Love of Reading.

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Ruth Story
  Ruth Story
Ruth Townsend Story holds a B.A. in English Language Arts from UCLA and an M.A. from Columbia University Teachers College, with additional studies in language, literature, and the teaching of writing. She is an award-winning teacher, writer, and educational consultant, plus a frequent contributor to professional journals and textbooks. She has written three books and scripted eight computer-assisted programs for teaching composition and literature. Currently, she serves as Chair of the Curriculum Committee and teaches for the Oscher Life Long Learning Institute at Clemson University in South Carolina, where she also edits a weekly newspaper column. In addition, she is the Chair of the Standing Committee on Affiliates for the National Council of Teachers of English. What she likes best is to work with students of all ages, helping them discover the power and the joy of being readers and writers.

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Cynthia Stowe
  Cynthia Stowe
Cynthia M. Stowe was a certified special education teacher and school psychologist. She wrote several books on special education for teachers and parents, as well as novels for young adults. Understanding Special Education was her first book with Scholastic.

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Beverly Strayer
  Beverly Strayer
Beverly Strayer has taught pre-first, first, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grades during her 26 years as a teacher in public schools. She currently works as a consultant and staff development trainer for Red Lion Area School District in Pennsylvania. Bev has also served as an adjunct professor for Penn State University, focusing on differentiated instruction. She received the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding Educator Award in 1998 and the Phi Delta Kappa Outstanding College Educator Award in 1999. She and her son, Troy, have presented together at local and national conferences on differentiated instruction for middle school teachers.

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Troy Strayer
  Troy Strayer
Troy Strayer is an eighth-grade American history teacher, department chair, and staff-development trainer for Red Lion Area School District. His areas of expertise include multiple intelligences, learning styles, personality styles, classroom management, brain–compatible strategies, essential elements of instruction, and differentiated instruction. His excellence in teaching earned him the Shippensburg University School Study Council’s Outstanding Teacher Award in 2004.

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Mary Sullivan
  Mary Sullivan
Mary Sullivan is currently principal of Duffield School in Parkland School Division, Alberta, Canada. She has more than 30 years teaching experience from elementary school to the university level. Her life work as an educator has focused on literacy development, curriculum design, and assessment in language arts and social studies. Mary has also been a curriculum consultant, writer, keynote speaker, and workshop leader.

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Jane Sullivan
  Jane Sullivan
Jane Sullivan, Ed.D., was a professor at Rowan University for 26 years; before that, she was a elementary school teacher. Midge Madden, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of teaching experience; she is a literacy staff developer in New Jersey.

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Dorothy Suskind
  Dorothy Suskind
Dorothy Suskind, PhD, a former professor, primary teacher, and reading supervisor, earned her doctorate at the University of Virginia and now teaches fifth grade at St. Christopher's School in Richmond, VA.


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Alyse Sweeney
  Alyse Sweeney
Alyse Sweeney earned a B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and an M.A. in Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A certified reading specialist, she taught a range of grade levels in Nantucket. Alyse has written several professional resources for Scholastic, including Teaching the Essentials of Reading with Picture Books and Fluency Lessons for the Overhead (Grades 2-3 and 4-6).

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Karen Szymusiak
  Karen Szymusiak
Karen Szymusiak is currently the principal of Glacier Ridge Elementary School in Dublin, Ohio. She has spent over 30 years in education as a teacher, coordinator of curriculum, and building administrator. She has presented at national conferences and workshops on reading in the intermediate grades and leadership for literacy. Karen is coauthor (with Franki Sibberson) of Beyond Leveled Books and Still Learning to Read (Stenhouse). She also collaborated on the videos Bringing Reading to Life and Making the Most of News Magazines (Stenhouse).

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