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Franki currently teaches third graders in Dublin, Ohio. She has worked in elementary schools for over twenty-five years as a classroom teacher, a Reading Support Teacher, a curriculum support teacher and a school librarian. Franki is the coauthor with Karen Szymusiak of many books and videos on teaching reading in the intermediate grades. Franki’s books include Digital Reading: What’s Essential in Grades 3-8 (NCTE), Beyond Leveled Books, 2nd Edition (Stenhouse), Still Learning to Read, 2nd Edition (Stenhouse), Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (Scholastic), and The Joy of Planning (Choice Literacy).
Franki learns the most about learning and literacy from her students. She is committed to an authentic Reading Workshop and has more recently been interested in how literacy is impacted by digital tools. The changing definition of literacy has been important to Franki’s recent thinking as she works to give students authentic experiences as readers.
Throughout most of Franki’s career, she has focused on the unique needs of readers in grades three through eight. She believes that students need authentic experiences as readers and that intentional classroom design and thoughtful planning are critical for these readers to become lifelong readers.
Franki believes that teachers are lifelong learners. She blogs regularly at A Year of Reading (readingyear.blogspot.com) and she is also a regular contributor to Choice Literacy. Writing is the best way Franki knows to better understand the complexities of learning and teaching.
Because she believes strongly in the power of community, she has always been a member of many professional organizations. Literacy organizations such as NCTE, OCTELA, and The Literacy Connection have been important in Franki’s professional life. She was recently elected vice president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and will begin her term in November of 2016.
Franki has taught in the Dublin City Schools for her entire career. Her husband, Scott, has also spent his career in Dublin City Schools. Franki and Scott have two daughters, Alexa and Ana.