Global Educators Cohort Program - Teacher Education

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Susan B. Neuman (University of Michigan/ New York University) is a specialist in early literacy development; whose research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction for children who live in poverty. In her role as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Neuman established the Early Reading First program, developed the Early Childhood Educator Professional Development Program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act. She has written more than 100 articles, and authored and edited eleven books, including the three volume Handbook of Early Literacy Research (Guilford Press), Changing the Odds for Children at Risk (Teachers College Press, 2009), Educating the Other America (Brookes, 2008), and Multimedia and Literacy Development (Taylor & Francis, 2008). Her most recent books are Giving Our Children a Fighting Chance: Poverty Literacy, and the Development of Information Capital. (Teachers College Press, 2012) and All About Words: Increasing Vocabulary in the Common Core Classroom (Teachers College Press, 2013). She received her doctorate from University of the Pacific, Stockton, California.

Tanya S. Wright (Michigan State University) is a former kindergarten teacher whose interests include instruction, teacher education and teacher professional development in the area of early language and literacy. Her research focuses on the teacher’s role in promoting oral language, vocabulary and background knowledge development for young children. Her recent work has addressed the current state of vocabulary instruction in kindergarten classrooms as well as supports for vocabulary instruction in commonly-used core curricular materials. She is the winner of the International Reading Association’s Dissertation of the Year award for 2012 and her work has been published in American Educator, The Elementary School Journal, and the Reading Teacher. She received her doctorate from the University of Michigan.