Grades K–5

Authors for Wonders Literacy Curriculum

Author Bios

With unmatched expertise in English Language Arts (ELA), English language learners, intervention, and more, the Wonders team of authors and consultants 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.

Dr. Diane August

Managing Researcher/Director, American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Areas of Expertise: English Language Learners, Dual Language


Dr. Donald Bear

Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University
Professor Emeritus, University of Nevada, Reno
Former Board Member, International Literacy Association

Areas of Expertise: Word Study, Vocabulary, and Foundational Skills


Kathy Bumgardner M.Ed.; Ed.S.

CEO/Founder/National Literacy Consultant, Strategies Unlimited, Inc.
School Improvement Specialist, Belmont, North Carolina

Areas of Expertise: Instructional Best Practices, Multi-Sensory Teaching, and Student Engagement


Dr. Jana Echevarria

Professor Emerita, California State University, Long Beach

Areas of Expertise: English Language Learners and Oral Language Development



Dr. Douglas Fisher

Teacher Leader, San Diego, CA
Professor of Educational Leadership, San Diego State University
Past President, International Literacy Association

Areas of Expertise: Close Reading and Writing, Writing to Sources, and Text Complexity


Dr. David Francis

Professor, University of Houston
Director, Texas Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics (TIMES)
Director of Center for Advanced Computing and Data Systems (CACDS)

Areas of Expertise: Assessment, English Language Learners Research


Dr. Vicki Gibson

CEO/Chairman, Gibson Hasbrouck and Associates
Educational Consultant, Gibson Hasbrouck & Associates

Areas of Expertise: Small Group Instruction, Social Emotional Learning, and Foundational Skills


Dr. Jan Hasbrouck

Consultant and Researcher, JH Educational Services

Areas of Expertise: Oral Reading Fluency, Foundational Skills, and Response to Intervention


Jay McTighe

National Educational Consultant, Jay McTighe and Associates

Area of Expertise: Understanding by Design


Dr. Timothy Shanahan

Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Chicago
Inductee, Reading Hall of Fame 2007
Past President, International Literacy Association

Areas of Expertise: Text Complexity, Reading and Writing, Oral Reading Fluency, Close Reading, and Disciplinary Literacy


Dr. Tracy Spinrad

Professor and Researcher, Arizona State University

Area of Expertise: Social Emotional Learning


Dr. Josefina Tinajero

Dean, College of Education, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Professor of Bilingual Education, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
Board Member, American Association of College for Teacher Education (AACTE)
Board Member, National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)

Areas of Expertise: English Language Learners and Dual Language


Dr. Doris Walker-Dalhouse

Professor, Department of Educational Policy & Leadership, Marquette University

Area of Expertise: Multicultural Literature


Dinah Zike

Educational Author and Consultant
President and Founder of and Dinah Zike Academy, Professional Development Facility

Areas of Expertise: Professional Development and Multi-Sensory Learning