Pearson Writing Coach Literacy Program for Grades 6-12 Program Authors

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Jeff Anderson...

...has taught and delivered effective writing and reading strategies and instruction for over 18 years, working with writers in Grades K-12. His passion is motivating and developing struggling writers with instructional strategies such as writer’s workshop and process writing. His particular interest is in making editing and grammar in context a meaning-making experience for students and teachers. Sharing strategies to create positive attitudes and confidence in young writers are central goals of his staff development and writing.


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Kelly Gallagher...

...has been dedicated to building and sharing his knowledge about literacy for the past 22 years. In addition to teaching English full-time at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, Kelly has an extensive background in secondary literacy education. He served as the English Coordinator for the Anaheim Union High School District, an urban district comprised of 37,000 secondary students; a Co-Director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University Long Beach; and an adjunct professor at California State University, Fullerton, where he taught secondary literacy courses.


Contributing Authors

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Evelyn Arroyo...

... is the author and founder of A+RISE – Research-based Instructional Strategies for ELLs (English Language Learners). Her work focuses on closing the achievement gap for minority students and English language learners. A former teacher, principal, and district administrator, Arroyo has won numerous awards, including Texas Teacher of the Year. Through her publications and presentations, Arroyo provides advice, encouragement, and practical success strategies to help teachers reach their ELL student.

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Jim Cummins...

...research focuses on literacy development in multilingual school contexts as well as on the potential roles of technology in promoting language and literacy development. His recent publications include The International Handbook of English Language Teaching (Springer, 2007) (co-edited with Chris Davison) Dr. Cummins is an author of Scott Foresman ESL: Accelerating English Language Learning, a Grade 1–8 ESL program. He is also an author of Scott Foresman Lectura and has contributed to the Scott Foresman Science, Social Studies, and Reading programs.

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Grant Wiggins... the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. Grant consults with schools, districts and state education departments on a variety of reform matters. He is perhaps best known for being the coauthor, 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.