Peter Johnston is a professor of education and chair of the Reading Department at the State University of New York at Albany. His position as an advocate for teachers and children developed from his early career, teaching primary school in his native New Zealand. He is a recipient of the Albert J. Harris Award for his contribution to the understanding of reading disability, and in 2005, he was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame. Peter is also the author of Choice Words: How Our Language Affects Children’s Learning. His continuing interest is in education as it relates to a democratic society.
Sometimes a single word changes everything. In Opening Minds: Using Language to Change Lives, Peter shows how the words teachers choose affect the worlds students inhabit in the classroom, and ultimately their futures. He explains how to engage children with more productive talk and to create classrooms that support not only students’ intellectual development but also their development as human beings.