Author Biographies

Ranu Bhattacharyya

Ranu Bhattacharyya has taught at The American International School in Japan, Dhaka, and Delhi, the International School in Beijing, and at The Brussels English Primary School.

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Kevin Bird

Kevin Bird is an Assistant Superintendent in the Fraser Cascade School District. A former water-ski coach, he spends his leisure time playing hockey, taking care of his wife’s horses, mountain biking with his son, and driving his daughter to her gymnastics classes.

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Marilyn Bizar

Marilyn Bizar teaches at the Center for City Schools of National-Louis University in Chicago. A former public school teacher, Marilyn and Harvey Daniels now collaborate with a network of twenty-five schools seeking to implement progressive teaching methods.

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Katrin Blamey

Dr. Katrin Blamey currently works as an assistant professor and chair of the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Program in the Education Department at DeSales University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in education, supervises student teachers, and serves as the chapter counselor for Kappa Delta Pi.

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Faye Bolton

Faye is a native of Melbourne, Australia and she currently conducts onsite, ongoing professional development in schools in New York City and Australia. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and literacy consultant in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

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David Booth

David Booth is Coordinator of Elementary Programs at OISE/University of Toronto. For more than twenty-five years he has worked with teachers in creating, applying, and evaluating approaches to how children learn to read and write.

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Jean Boreen

Jean Boreen is a professor of English education at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where she regularly teaches secondary methods courses on young adult literature and teaching literature in secondary schools.

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Paula Bourque

Paula Bourque is a National Board-Certified Teacher of literacy and a K-6 instructional coach in Augusta, Maine. She considers herself a lifelong learner and has worn many hats in her thirty-plus years in education: classroom teacher, Reading Recovery teacher, literacy specialist, consultant, adjunct instructor, presenter, and mom. Follow her on Twitter @LitCoachLady or at www.paulabourque.com

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Gail Boushey

Gail Boushey’s work as a literacy coach and author is based on her classroom experiences, which range from preschool through grade six and special education.  She obtained her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Child Studies and Special Education and has a master's degree in Special Education.

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Max Brand

Max became a teacher because he loves to learn and teaching gives him the chance to learn a ton every day.

"Each day is a new experience. No matter what you plan for, the kids take ownership and extend thinking/understanding to fantastic heights."

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Rusty Bresser

Rusty Bresser first became interested in teaching while doing anthropological research on children and families in a rural farming community in French Polynesia. His interest in applied anthropology led him to the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, San Diego.

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Brian Kissel

Brian Kissel, an educator for over twenty years, is a professor of Literacy and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former elementary school teacher and literacy coach, Brian teaches courses, conducts research, and provides professional development in writing instruction, digital literacy, and literacy development and instruction. Dr. Kissel lives in Davidson, North Carolina.

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Brian Kissel - Professional Development

Brian Kissel, an educator for 20+ years, is a professor of Literacy and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. A former elementary school teacher and literacy coach, Brian teaches courses in grades K–6 writing development, writing instruction, and literacy development and instruction.

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Carolyn Bridges

Carolyn Bridges is a fourth-grade teacher in Waterville, Maine, and her classroom is often an observation site for colleagues.  With Jennifer Allen, Carolyn takes notes and reflects on what her students say and do through reading workshops.  By doing this they continually improve their teaching methods and are learning better ways to run their r

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Lois Bridges

Lois Bridges is a consultant, teacher, editor, and writer specializing in teachers' professional development. Her teaching has ranged from multiage elementary classrooms to preservice college level at the University of California.

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Fred Steven Brill

Fred Brill began considering a career in education after coaching a middle school gymnastics team and then working as an outdoor education summer counselor of emotionally disturbed kids. "I was always able to connect with young people—especially those who had the most difficulty fitting in," Fred recalls.

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Herbert W. Broda

Herb is a professor emeritus of education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Ashland University in Ohio. He teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses with an emphasis on middle school education, instructional methods, and outdoor/experiential education.

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