With unmatched expertise in English Language Arts, English Language learners, Intervention, and more, the Wonders team of authors is comprised of scholars, researchers, and teachers from across the country. From directing statewide reading initiatives to managing ELA research centers, this highly qualified team of professionals is fully invested in improving student and district outcomes.
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Managing Researcher/Director, American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Dr. Diane August is a Managing Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) and brings 40 years of experience in the many aspects of educating language-minority children. At AIR, her area of expertise is policy, research, and technical assistance related to the education of preschool and school-age second-language learners. Prior to her position at AIR, Dr. August was a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) where she directed federally-funded studies related to the development of literacy and science in English-language learners. Prior to CAL, she has served as a Senior Program Officer at the National Academy of Sciences where she was study director for the Committee on Developing a Research Agenda on the Education of Limited English Proficient and Bilingual Students. Dr. August has also worked as a teacher, school administrator, legislative assistant, Grants Officer for the Carnegie Corporation, and Director of Education for the Children's Defense Fund. She received her Ph.D. in education and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychology at Stanford University. She has been published widely in journals and books.
Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University
Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno
Former Board Member, International Literacy Association
Dr. Donald Bear is Professor Emeritus in literacy education at Iowa State University and University of Nevada, Reno where he taught at all levels, and directed reading centers. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, chapters, and 17 books—including Words Their Way, 6th edition, Words Their Way for PreK – K Learners, Words Their Way with English Learners, 2nd edition, Vocabulary Their Way, 2nd edition, and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers. Donald has been a classroom teacher, is involved in innovative professional development activities, and his work in assessment and word study is used widely. He has received several awards for teaching and service, and was recently a board member of the International Literacy Association (ILA).
CEO/Founder/National Literacy Consultant, Strategies Unlimited, Inc.
School Improvement Specialist, Belmont, North Carolina
Kathy Bumgardner is a veteran educator and a passionate presenter who combines research-based instructional best practices and positive humor at every opportunity. With a teaching career of 30+ years, spanning a variety of grade levels, diverse classrooms, and literacy positions in North Carolina schools, Kathy fully understands the value of sharing research-based teaching strategies that works in the “real-world” classroom.
Kathy currently is the Founder, CEO and National Literacy Consultant with Strategies Unlimited, Inc. out of Belmont, North Carolina. Through her company, she has many documented successful results in individual schools and districts across the country. In this role, she directly coaches and teams with teachers, students, and administrators in collaborative efforts to raise student achievement through sharing her real-world knowledge of best instructional practices.
Kathy is the creator of Think-Aloud Clouds, Comprehension Genre Walks, and many other tried-and-true interactive and collaborative literacy tools in her Literacy Took Kit. These valuable resources support successful differentiated reading and writing classroom instruction. She shares many of these literacy tools and classroom resources on her highly popular website with teachers all over the world.
Professor, Educational Psychology, University of Utah
Director, Reading and Literacy Program, University of Utah
Member, Literacy Advocacy Committee, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Board Member, Reading Research Quarterly (journal), International Literacy Association (ILA)
Inductee, Reading Hall of Fame 2016
Dr. Janice Dole is Professor of Reading Education at the University of Utah. After several years as an elementary and middle school teacher, Dr. Dole completed her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Colorado. Subsequently, she held positions at the University of Denver, the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Michigan State University. Her current research interests include comprehension instruction, evaluating K-3 reading instruction in high-risk schools, and professional development for teachers working with at-risk children. Dr. Dole has written more than 50 scholarly publications of articles, books, chapters, test reviews, commentaries, monographs, and reports in professional journals including Reading Research Quarterly, Review of Educational Research, The Reading Teacher, and The Journal of Reading. She has been on the Reading Development Panel for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and was a panel member of the RAND Reading Study Group on reading comprehension. She also has served on review panels for the Institute of Educational Services (IES) and the National Institute of Child and Human Development. She was a member of the Committee on the Study of Teacher Preparation Programs in the United States spearheaded by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Dole's current interest is in school reform in reading and professional development in high-poverty schools. She co-authored Utah’s Reading Excellence Act (REA) for the USOE. Thereafter, along with two colleagues in special education at the University of Utah, Dr. Dole received the evaluation grant for Utah’s Reading First. Her most recent research involves the implementation and evaluation of an after-school literacy program as well as the examination of the role of interest in the comprehension of complex texts
Professor Emerita, California State University, Long Beach
Dr. Echevarria is Professor Emerita at California State University, Long Beach. A founding researcher and creator of the SIOP Model, Dr. Echevarria has published widely on effective instruction for English learners, including those with learning disabilities. She has presented her research in the U.S. and internationally, including serving as a Fulbright Specialist in Macedonia. and her UCLA doctorate earned her an award from the National Association for Bilingual Education’s Outstanding Dissertations Competition. She received her university’s Outstanding Professor award, was a finalist for the Senior Research Award given by the American Education Research Association, Second Language SIG, and was inducted into the California Reading Hall of Fame. She serves as an expert on English learners for the U.S. Department of Justice.
Teacher Leader, San Diego, CA
Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
President, International Literacy Association
Dr. Douglas Fisher is Professor of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College having been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education and is a member of the California Reading Hall of Fame He is a renowned speaker and author of numerous articles and books and is President of the International Literacy Association (ILA) Board
Professor, University of Houston
Director, Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES)
Chairman, Executive Board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology
Member, National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Testing and Assessment
Dr. David Francis, Ph.D., is a Professor and Distinguished Chair of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston, where he also serves as Director of the Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics. Dr. Francis obtained a doctoral degree in Clinical-Neuropsychology from the University of Houston in 1985 with a specialization in Quantitative Methods. He is a Fellow of Division 5 (Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics) of the American Psychology Association. He is also a member of the National Research Council’s (NRC) Board on Testing and Assessment and served on the NRC’s panel on Developmental Outcomes and Assessment of Young Children. He is a frequent advisor to the Department of Education on statistical issues, assessment and accountability, and English Language Learners. He was a recipient of the 2006 Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association, and has received the University of Houston’s Teaching Excellence Award and the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award, and in 2008 received the Esther Farfel Award, which recognizes career accomplishments in research, teaching, and service, and is the highest award given to faculty members at the University of Houston. Dr. Francis has collaborated in research on reading and reading disabilities, attention problems, developmental consequences of brain injuries and birth defects, and adolescent alcohol abuse. He has served as a consulting editor to six psychology journals.
CEO/Chairman, Gibson Hasbrouck and Associates
Educational Consultant, Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates
Author, Wonders Reading Program, McGraw-Hill Education
Dr. Vicki Gibson has been teaching students, training teachers, writing curriculum, and directing instruction since 1975. Dr. Gibson is CEO/Chairman of an educational consulting group, Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates, that provides high-quality professional development onsite and online for administrators and teachers. She is also the Curriculum Director of Longmire Learning Center, Inc. (LLC), a private educational facility serving families with children ages 2-8 years. Dr. Gibson owned three private preschools, taught and lectured for ten years at Texas A&M University, and taught ten years in public schools as a Kindergarten teacher, special education resource teacher, adaptive behavior specialist, and learning disability specialist. She received her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. at Texas A&M University.
Co-Founder & Educational Consultant, Gibson Hasbrouck and Associates
Dr. Jan Hasbrouck is an educational consultant, author, and researcher. She served as Executive Consultant to the Washington State Reading Initiative and as an advisor to the Texas Reading Initiative. Dr. Hasbrouck worked as a reading specialist and literacy coach for 15 years before teaching at the University of Oregon and later as a professor at Texas A&M University. Dr. Hasbrouck has provided educational consulting to individual schools across the United States as well as in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Ghana, and Germany, helping teachers, specialists, and administrators design and implement effective assessment and instructional programs targeted to help low-performing readers. Dr. Hasbrouck earned her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Oregon and completed her Ph.D. at Texas A&M. Her research in areas of reading fluency, reading assessment, coaching, and second language learners has been published in numerous professional books and journals. In 2008, she and her colleague, Dr. Vicki Gibson, partnered to form Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates, with the mission to provide high-quality professional development to educators nationally and internationally.
Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University
Executive Director, Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy
Dr. Laura Justice is EHE Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology at The Ohio State University. She is also Executive Director of the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy and the Schoenbaum Family Center. Dr. Justice is interested in identifying ways to more effectively support the early language and literacy development of children experiencing risk, including children with communication disorders and children living in poverty. Justice is the author of more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, appearing in such journals as Child Development; Psychological Science; Developmental Psychology; Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research; and American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology. Justice is also the author of two major textbooks in Communication Sciences (Communication Sciences and Disorders: A Contemporary Perspective and Language Development: Theory of Practice). Justice is heavily involved with literacy promotion in international contexts, including ongoing work scaling up a parent-child reading program in indigenous Maya villages in eastern Mexico.
Founder & Educational Consultant, Kilgo Consulting, Inc.
Margaret Kilgo spent 30 years in the Houston Independent School District as a Teacher, Principal, and Director of Reading/Humanities and coordinated the Houston Reading Initiative under the leadership of Dr. Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education. She founded Kilgo Consulting, Inc. in 1996 after retirement from Houston ISD. Margaret conducts and applies unique educational research on national and state curriculum standards in English Language Arts Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, K-12, to improve student achievement and curriculum programs in school districts throughout Texas and the United States. The Kilgo research and workshops focus on teaching and assessing higher-level thinking and logical reasoning in alignment with state and national standards and the Common Core State Standards so each student can reach his or her full potential in academics, standardized assessments, readiness for college, and in life. She has been awarded more than 70 Federal ID copyrights for the intellectual property rights for innovative instructional models and strategies based on the identification of specific higher-level thinking skills embedded in national and state curriculum standards and assessed on national and state standardized assessments. Margo Kilgo has provided workshops and training seminars for teachers and administrators in more than 700 school districts and 2,000 campuses.
National Educational Consultant, Jay McTighe and Associates
Jay McTighe brings a wealth of experience developed during a rich and varied career in education. He served as Director of the Maryland Assessment Consortium, a state collaboration of school districts working together to develop and share formative performance assessments. Prior to this position, Jay was involved with school improvement projects at the Maryland State Department of Education where he helped lead Maryland’s standards-based reforms, including the development of performance-based, statewide assessments. He also directed the development of the Instructional Framework, a multimedia database on teaching. Well-known for his work with thinking skills, Jay has coordinated statewide efforts to develop instructional strategies, curriculum models, and assessment procedures for improving the quality of student thinking. In addition to his work at the state level, Jay has experience at the district level in Prince George’s County, Maryland, as a classroom teacher, resource specialist, and program coordinator. He also directed a state residential enrichment program for gifted and talented students. Jay was selected to participate in the Educational Policy Fellowship Program through the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, D.C., and served as a member of the National Assessment Forum, a coalition of education and civil rights organizations advocating reforms in national, state, and local assessment policies and practices.
Vice President, Educational Testing Service, Research & Development Division, Princeton, NJ
Fellow, Society for Research in Child Development
Fellow, The American Educational Research Association
Editorial Board Member, Educational Psychologist (journal)
Editorial Board Member, Reading Research Quarterly (journal), International Literacy Association (ILA)
Editorial Board Member, Cognition and Instruction (journal)
Reading Hall of Fame 2009, International Literacy Association (ILA)
Dr. Scott G. Paris is Vice President of Research within Educational Testing Service’s Research & Development Division. In this role, Dr. Paris is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of research associated with all ETS testing programs; oversees advanced capability development; and provides strategic, tactical and financial oversight of all functional areas within the Research division including Assessment Innovations; Foundational and Validity Research; English Language Learning and Assessment; Center for Academic and Workforce Readiness and Success, Research Coordination and Support; and Learning, Teaching and Cognitive Sciences. Previous to this job, he was Professor and Head of the Centre for Research on Pedagogy and Practice at the National Institute of Education, Singapore. Dr. Paris was a member of the Department of Psychology and School of Education at the University of Michigan. His research has focused on cognitive development, reading, assessment, metacognition, learning in museums, and self-regulated learning. He has published 12 books and written more than 130 book chapters and research articles. In 2008, he received the Oscar Causey research award from the National Reading Conference and the Albert Harris research award from the International Reading Association (IRA). In 2009, he was elected to the IRA Reading Hall of Fame. Dr. Paris is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Society for Research in Child Development, and the American Educational Research Association. He has been a member of the editorial boards of 14 journals and currently serves on the editorial boards of Educational Psychologist, Reading Research Quarterly, and Cognition and Instruction.
Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago
Inductee, Reading Hall of Fame 2007
Past President, International Literacy Association
Dr. Timothy Shanahan is Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he is Founding Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. He operates a popular website for educators and his provocative blogs are carried regularly on Reading Rockets. He was Director of Reading for Chicago Public Schools and recently served as Visiting Research Professor at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author/editor of more than 200 publications and books. His research emphasizes the connections between learning to read and learning to write, literacy in the disciplines, and improvement of reading achievement. Dr. Shanahan served on the Advisory Board of the National Institute for Literacy. He took a leadership role on the National Reading Panel (NRP), convened by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the request of Congress to evaluate research on methods for teaching reading. He chaired two other federal research review panels: the National Literacy Panel for Language Minority Children and Youth, and the National Early Literacy Panel and he helped write the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). He was co-principal investigator of the U.S. Department of Education’s National Title I Study of Implementation and Outcomes: Early Childhood Language Development funded by the Institute of Education Sciences. He received the William S. Gray Citation for Lifetime Achievement and the Albert J. Harris Award for outstanding research on reading disability from the International Literacy Association (ILA), the P. David Pearson Award for Scholarly Influence from the Literacy Research Association, the Milton D. Jacobson Readability Research Award, the Amoco Award for Outstanding Teaching and the University of Delaware’s Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement. In 2009, he was selected as Researcher of the Year at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Social Sciences/Humanities). He co-developed Project FLAME, a family literacy program for Latino immigrants, which received an Academic Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Delaware in 1980. He was inducted to the Reading Hall of Fame in 2007 and is a former first-grade teacher.
Dean, College of Education, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Professor of Bilingual Education, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Co- Principal Investigator, “Teachers for a New Era”, Carnegie Corporation Grant
Associate, Goodlad Institute for Educational Inquiry, Seattle, Washington
Board Member, American Association of College for Teacher Education (AACTE)
Board Member, National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
Dr. Josefina (“Josie”) Tinajero, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and Professor of Bilingual Education is a leading scholar, educator and advocate on issues of equity and excellence for culturally and linguistically diverse children and families. She has been a major force in shaping public policy in the U.S. in support of linguistically diverse children and families, and has founded educational programs that provide novice and experienced educators with the skills and knowledge needed for educating an increasingly diverse society. Dr. Tinajero’s rich knowledge and experience in relation to effective educational reform, cultural and linguistic diversity, and school achievement have been key vehicles for effecting positive change at UTEP and in the local community. Currently, she is co-PI of a major grant from the Carnegie Corporation. This project, “Teachers for a New Era” is a landmark initiative designed to strengthen K-12 teaching by using research and evidence to develop state-of-the-art programs at schools of education. Dr. Tinajero is an active member of the Board of Directors of the American Association of College for Teacher Education (AACTE) and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). She is a member of the Governing Board of the National Network for Educational Renewal (NNER). Dr. Tinajero’s areas of expertise span diverse fields, including program development and school-university partnerships, and she has served as consultant for numerous U.S. school districts in their design of ESL, bilingual, literacy, and bi-literacy programs. She has served on state and national advisory committees and boards for standards development, including the English as a New Language Advisory Panel of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards and the Texas Reading Academies. She served as president of the National Association for Bilingual Education for an unprecedented four terms and president of the Texas Association for Bilingual Education. She is the author of several comprehensive, multi-component reading/language arts and ESL programs. Dr. Tinajero has received numerous awards and was named one of 80 Most Influential Hispanics in the U. S. by U. S. Hispanic Business Magazine. She holds a B.S. degree in Elementary Education/Reading and an M. Ed. in Supervision and Administration from UTEP, and a Doctoral degree from Texas A&M University/Kingsville in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Bilingual Education.
Professor, Department of Educational Policy & Leadership, Marquette University
Dr. Doris Walker-Dalhouse is an Educational Consultant, Researcher, and Professor at Marquette University. Her main areas of research are vested in the cognitive process of writing, literature-based reading, the socio-cultural aspects of literacy as well as teachers’ attitudes toward diversity. In addition to her numerous publications, Dr. Walker-Dalhouse has been the recipient of a myriad of awards exemplifying her continuing efforts in education. She was an active board member with the International Reading Association, President for both the Minnesota Reading Association and Red River Reading Association, and is presently an affiliate of the National Reading Conference, as well as many other professional and academic organizations. She earned her B.A. from Kentucky State University and achieved both her masters and Ph.D. in Reading Education from The Ohio State University.
Educational Author and Consultant
President and Founder of Dinah.com and Dinah Zike Academy, Professional Development Facility
Dinah Zike is an award-winning author, educator, and inventor known for designing three-dimensional, hands-on manipulatives and interactive graphic organizers known as Foldables® and Notebook Foldables. Dinah’s manipulatives strengthen communication skills in all content areas, and it has been estimated that as many as 85% of the students in the United States will use something she has designed at some point in their K-12 education. As a frequent keynote speaker and continuing education consultant, Dinah and her trainers work with thousands of student teachers, classroom teachers, administrators, and parents every year. Ms. Zike has been an author and consultant for McGraw-Hill Education since 2001. Additionally, she has published a large array of popular resource books and educational materials—most notably, Dinah Zike's Notebook Foldables® and InRIGORating Notebooks With Strong Communication Skills—for her own company.