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Adria Klein is a Professor Emeritus from California State University San Bernardino where she received the Outstanding Professor award, the first given at CSUSB to a Professor of Education. She served as Reading Program Coordinator, Department Chair for Teacher Education and later the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, as well as a Dean of Education in the California State University system. She is now the Director of the Early Intervention Center at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga. She also consults with schools and districts throughout the United States, and with her focus on ESL, has taught on five continents. She served as President of the California Reading Association and on the International Reading Association Board of Directors (ILA). She served as co-editor of Literacy, Teaching and Learning, the International Journal of Early Literacy and is currently a reviewer for the ILA journal, The Reading Teacher.
Her publications include several books and book chapters including On the Road: Talking My Way into Reading in Open a World of Possible (Scholastic), Research in Reading Recovery (Heinemann) as well as Pearson, Erlbaum, Routledge, and her newest professional development book series from Benchmark. In addition, she has articles published in several academic journals including The Reading Teacher, Journal of Reading Recovery, Reading Psychology, and Educational Leadership. She is also the author of many books for children including the Max Series (Capstone), and co-editor of several series and chapter books including the Language Readers and the Biography Series (Hameray Publishing Company). She was one of the authors for the Scholastic programs Literacy Place and Solares. Her latest blog for Scholastic is The Compelling Why: Using Short Texts to Support Close Reading. She has been principal investigator for a number of research grants including one from Hewlett for the New Teacher Center on Oral Language Development, as well as several technology grants.
Adria earned a B.A. in English, drama and speech from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, her M.A. in English from West Virginia University, and a Ph.D. in Reading and ESL from the University of New Mexico