The contributing authors guided the direction and philosophy of The Reader's Journey. Their work helped to inform the pedagogical integrity of the program and to ensure its relevance for today's teachers and students.
Harvey Daniels, Ph.D., has been a classroom teacher, writing project director, author, and university professor. Also known as "Smokey," Daniels serves as an international consultant to schools, districts, and educational agencies. Daniels is known for his work on student-led book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and his newer title, Mini-lessons for Literature Circles. He has authored or co-authored eleven other books. Recent works include Subjects Matter: Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading and Content Area Writing: Every Teacher's Guide. Daniels is on the faculty of National-Louis University in Chicago, and is Founding DIrector of the Walloon Institute.
Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University and his B. A. from St. John's College in Annapolis. Grant consults with schools, districts and state education departments on a variety of reform matters; organizes conferences and workshops; and develops print materials and Web resources on curricular change. He is the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design and The Understanding By Design Handbook, the award-winning and highly successful materials on curriculum published by ASCD. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.