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CATEGORY: EducationClear

SUB-CATEGORY: Literacy and ReadingClear

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William Brozo

Professor of Literacy

Expertise: Adolescent literacy, Secondary literacy reform, Struggling learners, Literacy achievement for boys

Brozo focuses his research on the intersection of cultural, political, gender, and strategic variables in adolescent literacy. His widely read book, Content Literacy for Today’s Adolescents (Merrill Prentice Hall, 2007), blends theory and practice. He is internationally recognized for his writing on literacy and masculinity, his column in the English/Russian language journal Thinking Classroom, and his participation on the PISA-PIRLS Task Force, where he is responsible for monitoring and critiquing global literacy assessment studies.

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Julie Kidd

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education

Expertise: Languge and literacy, Childrens cognitive abilities,

Kidd is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University (Mason) and is currently Coordinator of the Early Childhood Education program. She teaches in the Early Childhood Education and Literacy programs.

 Kidd's research is focused on preparing teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to work with culturally, linguistically, socio-economically, and ability diverse children and their families. She is especially interested in home-school-community collaborations as well as collaborative efforts among teacher interns. In addition, she is currently engaged in research on promoting abstract thinking in young children as well as research related to language and literacy development.

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Margo Mastropieri

Professor of Special Education

Expertise: Special Education, Inclusive education, Literacy strategies for students with disabilities, Learning and memory of students with disabilities

Mastropieri is interested in how students with disabilities learn in school and much of her research has focused on cognitive strategies designed to promote learning and retention of school-related information. She has also studied what happens during inclusive instruction with students with disabilities and suggested instructional strategies to facilitate inclusive efforts. Her publications include over 165 journal articles, 40 book chapters, and 25 co-authored or co-edited books.

Stephen White

Professor of Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Cognitive development, Teacher development, Problem solving in young children

White is a Professor in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University. He currently serves as Director of the Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (ASTL) Program and teaches in the literacy program, the ASTL core course sequence and the ASTL early childhood concentration.

White's research interests focus on the strategies young children use to solve reasoning problems and teacher development. His research has addressed young children's abilities to solve analogy problems and the effects of teaching young children to solve these problems. In addition, White has conducted investigations that examine teacher beliefs and practices toward early literacy and mathematics instruction.

White also serves on the editorial board of Early Education and Development and has consulted extensively with schools and community agencies on early childhood curriculum and program development. He currently serves as a consultant on a school district effort to develop and implement a kindergarten mathematics assessment.

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Kristien Zenkov

Associate Professor of Literacy and Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning

Expertise: Urban teacher education, Language art pedagogy, Curriculum standards

Zenkov is an associate professor of literacy education at George Mason University and the co-director of the "Through Students' Eyes" project, which asks urban high school and middle school youth to document with photographs and writing what they believe are the purposes of school.

He has published more than forty articles and book chapters concerning urban teacher education, language arts pedagogy, and curriculum standards in English Journal, Visual Studies, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Educational Action Research, Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research, and School-Practitioner Quarterly.