Dr. Timothy Shanahan is Professor of Urban Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. He was the Director of the Chicago Reading Initiative for the Chicago Public Schools, a school improvement effort serving 437,000 children. His research focuses on the relationship of reading and writing, school improvement, the assessment of reading ability, and family literacy. Professor Shanahan is on the Advisory Board of the National Family Literacy Center. He served on the White House Assembly on Reading, and the National Reading Panel (NRP), a group convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Development by the request of the U.S. Congress to evaluate research on successful methods of teaching reading. He was co-chair of the fluency sub-group and the methodology sub-group of the NRP. Dr. Shanahan is President of the International Reading Association (IRA) 2006-2007.