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Douglas Fisher is the professor of educational leadership at San Diego State University, a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College, and has also been an early intervention teacher and elementary school educator. He is the recipient of the ILA William S. Gray Citation of Merit, an Exemplary Leader Award from the Conference on English Leadership of NCTE, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award.
He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as Visible Learning for Literacy (Corwin, 2016), Rigorous Reading (Corwin, 2013), and Text Complexity (2nd ed.; International Literacy Association copublished with Corwin, 2016).
Fisher will serve as President of the ILA Board of Directors in 2017–2018.
Ralph Fletch is a friend of young writers and readers as well as writing teachers. He has written or co-authored many books for writing teachers including Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide, Teaching the Qualities of Writing, Lessons for the Writer’s Notebook, Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, and Pyrotechnics on the Page: Playful Craft That Sparks Writing. Ralph has worked with teachers around the U.S. and abroad, helping them find wiser ways of teaching writing.
Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. Her specific areas of expertise include development of informational reading and writing in young children, comprehension development and instruction in early schooling, and issues of equity in literacy education. Duke received her doctoral degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She currently serves as a member of the International Reading Association Literacy Research Panel. She is the recipient of the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association and the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award, as well as awards from the National Reading Conference, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the International Reading Association. She serves as a consultant for a number of education and policy organizations. She has also served as author and consultant on a number of educational programs, including Information in Action, Buzz About IT, iOpeners, National Geographic Science K-2, and the DLM Express, and speaks widely on literacy education.