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About the Authors

Senior Author

Rebecca Bowers Sipe, Ed.D.

Rebecca Bowers Sipe, Ed.D., began her career as a secondary school teacher and later earned a doctorate degree in education from Boston University. Sipe has published numerous articles and books, including Purposeful Writing: Genre Study in the Secondary Writing Workshop (2006). She is Director of the Honors College at Eastern Michigan University and is a professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. A highly respected authority on the teaching of English language arts, Sipe also lectures and holds workshops nationally.

Consulting Authors

Julie Coiro, Ph.D.

Julie Coiro, Ph.D., holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology from the University of Connecticut. Coiro’s career in education began as a teacher with special education and gifted and talented students. Her publications include Teaching with the Internet: Lessons from the Classroom (2004), among many others. In addition to her role as Assistant Professor in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island, Coiro also serves as a national literacy consultant.

Mark Overmeyer, M.A.

Mark Overmeyer, M.A., has over 25 years of education experience in Cherry Creek School District near Denver, Colorado, having worked as a classroom teacher in Grades 2-8, a coordinator for gifted programming, a literacy coordinator, and a special education teacher. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Denver and a co-director of the Denver Writing Project, which is a part of the National Writing Project. Overmeyer is the author of What Student Writing Teaches Us (2009) and When Writing Workshop Isn’t Working (2005).

Sara B. Kajder, Ph.D.

Sara B. Kajder, Ph.D., earned her doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia. Kajder is a former middle and high school English teacher and recipient of the first National Technology Fellowship in English/Language Arts. She is also the author of Adolescents' Digital Literacies: Learning Alongside Our Students (2010), Bringing the Outside In: Visual Ways of Engaging Reluctant Readers (2006), and The Tech Savvy English Classroom (2003). Kajder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and is known nationally for her work as a consultant and speaker.

Amy Humphreys, Ed.M.

Amy Humphreys is a national award-winning writer and the author of books, articles, and an extensive array of educational materials for children and teachers. A National Board Certified Teacher, she’s worked with Title 1, resource, regular division and gifted students. A passionate advocate for differentiated instruction and engaged learning, she incorporates evidence-based practices in her work with teachers and administrators as a presenter for Staff Development for Educators. Putting practical solutions to today's toughest educational challenges in the hands of classroom educators remains her primary goal.

Senior Consultant

Scott Miller, M.Ed.

Scott Miller holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and has taught students in all grades, Kindergarten through 12. He has served as an instructional specialist, a coordinator of writing instruction, and as a national professional development specialist. While employed with Clovis Unified School District, Scott worked with many dedicated educators to establish the “Buchanan Area Writing Project.” The project articulated a process-based, trait-specific model for writing instruction among nearly 300 teachers in nine area schools. Scott currently works as a Contributing Author and Senior Instructional Consultant for Zaner-Bloser.

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