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Grant Wiggins

The co-developer of Understanding by Design, Grant Wiggins is the chief architect of the program’s structure. Wiggins has long emphasized the importance of developing deep understanding and the need for rigor that are at the heart of the Common Core Standards.

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Karen Wixson

A key advisor in the development Core Standards, she worked to ensure that the program meets the requirements of the Common Core.

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Elfrieda "Freddy" H. Hiebert

Freddy was instrumental in the development of the text complexity strand of the Common Core, and pivotal in developing the program’s unique, systematic approach to text complexity.

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Sharroky Hollie

Mr. Hollie is an assistant professor at California State University, and an urban literacy visiting professor at Wenster University. Hollie’s work focuses on professional development, African American education, and secondlanguage methodology.

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Dr. Donald Leu

Dr. Leu teaches at University of Connecticut, holds a joint appointment in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology, and directs the New Literacies Research Lab. He studies the skills required to read, write, and learn with Internet technologies.

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Sharon Vaughn

Sharon teaches at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work focuses on effective practices for enhancing reading outcomes for students with reading difficulties.

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Kelly Gallagher

Kelly is a full-time English teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California. He wrote Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for the Middle and High School, Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts 4-12, and Teaching Adolescent Writers.

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William G. Brozo, Ph.D.

Dr. Brozo is a Professor of Literacy at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. His work focuses on building capacity among teacher leaders, enriching the literate lives of boys, and making teaching more responsive to the needs of all students.