Scholastic Early Childhood Program featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog

Program Authors

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Dr. Cathy Collins Block
Fort Worth, Texas
Dr. Cathy Collins Block is currently Professor of Education, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. She is a member of the Editorial Boards for the International Reading Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Reading Conference. Cathy is an author of the Stanford Early School Achievement Test (The Psychological Corporation) and has written more than 60 research articles. She has written numerous college textbooks and serves on the National Faculty for the University of Notre Dame. She has also served as consultant to numerous school districts in the United States and other countries, as well as several corporations and government agencies including the U.S. Department of Commerce, Wishbone PBS Series, Walt Disney, and IBM.
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Dr. Susan Canizares
New York, New York
Dr. Susan Canizares holds a Ph.D. in language and literacy development from Fordham University and a master’s degree in special education, specializing in Early Childhood, from New York University. She has written numerous nonfiction books for young children, as well as professional articles for teachers and parents. She, along with Dr. Susan B. Neuman and Dr. Catherine Snow, authored Scholastic’s Building Language for Literacy program.

Ellen Booth Church
New York, New York
Ellen Booth Church is a former PreKindergarten and Kindergarten teacher and a former professor at the State University of New York. She is currently an educational consultant, keynote speaker, curriculum developer and writer. She is a columnist and consultant for Scholastic magazines Early Childhood Today and Parent & Child and consults for the PBS show, Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Bibi Lobo
San Antonio, Texas
Bibi Lobo began her career as a preschool substitute teacher in Lansing, Michigan, while studying international relations and public policy at Michigan State University. She then taught preschool in Austin for 10 years. Bibi received her degree in social work from the University of Texas at Austin and worked at the Corporate Fund for Children for over six years. She has served on committees and boards at the state and national levels, including the National Center for the Early Childhood Workforce. Published works include Mi Casa Es Su Casa, a professional development curriculum for Spanish-speaking family child care providers; Power Play: A Director’s Tool Box for Recognizing and Empowering Staff; and Scholastic’s Early Childhood Workshop.

Program Contributors:

Wiley Blevins                                                
New York, New York  
Rebecca Palacios
Corpus Christi, Texas
M’Liss Brockman
New Braunfels, Texas
Serita Parson
Dallas, Texas
Cindy Chavez
El Paso, Texas
Sydney Roach
Amarillo, Texas
Joanie Cockrell
Houston, Texas
Terri Vestal
Midland, Texas
Lynne Jordan
Memphis, Tennessee

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Helen Benham
New York, New York