Professional Vita

Professional Vita

Robert Charles Wortman

5433 E. Fairmount Pl.
Tucson AZ  85712
Phone: 520-977-0217
Email: wortman@u.arizona.edu

Education:

  • 1990 Ph.D. Elementary Education, University of Arizona Minor in Educational Administration
  • 1976 M.Ed. University of Arizona (concentration in Early Childhood)
  • 1972 B.A. in Elementary Education University of Arizona
  • 1969 Graduated Tucson High School

Certification:

  • Elementary Teaching Certificate: current
  • Elementary Principal Certificate: current

Administrative  Experience:

  • 1999-2004 Director of School Improvement Tucson Unified School District Responsible for Title I, Arizona State K-3 programs, Supporting TUSD Site Councils and School Improvement Initiatives
  • 1987 – 1999 Principal – Borton Primary Magnet School Tucson Unified School District Phase II Desegregation Program Phase IV Site Based Decision Making School Magnet emphasis on Integrated Curriculum and Multicultural Early Childhood Education with a Bilingual Strand.
  • 1982 – 1983 Director of Department of Labor Comprehensive Employment Education and Training Act (CEETA), Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). Responsible for directing staff of four counselor supervisors and 24 counselors who provided career and educational counseling for 900+ sixteen through twenty-one year- olds throughout Pima County.
  • 1978 – 1981 Counselor Supervisor with Department Of Labor CEETA Summer Jobs for Youth

Teaching Experience:

  • 2002- Present Adjunct Faculty in Education, Northern Arizona University. Teach graduate courses in Oral Language Development and Reading for the Tucson campus.
  • 1992 – Present Adjunct Associate Professor in Language, Reading and Culture Department, University of Arizona. Teach graduate courses in: Oral Language Acquisition and Development; Written Language Development; Essentials of Reading and Writing; Children’s Literature; Pre- Kindergarten and Beginning Reading Development; Decoding and Comprehension.
  • 1991 – 1999 Coordinator of the College of Education Professional Development Whole Language Undergraduate Site-Based Block Program for the University of Arizona
  • 1986 – 1987 Curriculum Generalist, Service Center II, TUSD. Responsible for curriculum and teaching support for 22 Elementary, 6 Middle and 2 High Schools .
  • 1985 – 1986 Instructor: Reading/Language Arts Methods and Early Childhood Block, Elementary Education Program, College of Education, University of Arizona.
  • 1985- 1987 Early Childhood Instructor: Summer Fine Arts Program
  • 1979 – 1985 Teacher: Kindergarten-First Grade at Borton Primary Magnet School (Chapter II-Phase II Desegregation School – operated under Chapter I Parent Implemented Follow Through Model until 1982), TUSD
  • 1977 – 1979 Teacher: Kindergarten at Wrightstown School, TUSD
  • 1973 – 1977 Teacher: Second Grade-Kindergarten at Reynolds School, TUSD

Experience Working with Native American Students :

  • 2011-present Reading Specialist with Bureau of Indian Education. Working with Jemez Day School at the Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
  • 2011-present Reading Specialist with Bureau of Indian Education. Working with Sky City Community School at the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico
  • 2009-2010 Family Literacy Specialist with Navajo Nation Schools: Little Singer and Greasewood Springs, Arizona
  • 2007 – 2009 Reading Specialist with Bureau of Indian Education FOCUS Project. Working with Sky City Community School at the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico.
  • 2006 Reading Coach with Bureau of Indian Education FOCUS Project. Working with Santa Rosa Ranch School on Tohono O’Odham Reservation in Arizona.

Arizona State Department:

 

  • 2004-present  Arizona State Formative Assessment Committee
  • 2003-present  Arizona State Writing Standards Revision Committee
  • 2003-present  Arizona State Reading Standards Item Writing Committee
  • 2002-Present Arizona State Reading Standards Revision “Committee of Ten”
  • Revising State Reading standards to be congruent with National Reading
  • Panel and NCLB guidelines.

Professional Organizations:

  • National CoInternational Reading Association (IRA), (30 years)
  • Early Reading Whole Language Special Interest Group (IRA), (2 years)
    • Current Chair
  • Treasurer of IRA Whole Language Special Interest Group (5 years)
  • Arizona Reading Association (24 years)
  • Tucson Area Reading Council (TARC), (24 years)
    • Past President
  • Board of Directors (TARC), (9 years)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (21 years)
  • Language Arts Editorial Board (1997 – 2001)
  • Primary Voices Editorial Board (1998 – 2002)
  • Whole Language Umbrella (19 years)
    • Board of Directors (1998-2001)
    • Membership Chair (1998-2000)
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (9 years)
  • Tucson Association for the Education of Young Children (24 years)
  • Arizona State Department of Education K-3 Steering Committee (2 years)
  • Arizona Young Authors and Young Readers Award Committee (8 years)
  • Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL), (28 years)
    • Board of Directors (TAWL), (11 years)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (18 years)
  • National Education Association (30 years)
  • Tucson Education Association (28 years)
  • Educational Leaders Incorporated (ELI), (18 years)
    • Board of Directors (6 years)
    • Secretary (3 years)
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), (8 years)
  • Arizona School Administrators (ASA), (8 years)
  • Pima County Retired Teachers Association (4 years)

Community Sevice

  • 2005 – present  Reading Trainer  for Reeding Seed Volunteers withTucson Rotary Club.  
  •  2005 – present  Once a week volunteer demonstration k-6 classroom lessons in comprehension reading strategies: Pueblo Gardens Elementary/Middle School, Holliday Intermediate Magnet, Borton Primary Magnet School, Dietz Elementary School, Ochoa  Elementary School, Mission View Elementary
  • 2002 – present  Tucson Youth Development Board of Directors
  • Past President
  • 1994 – 2007  University of Arizona College of Education Alumni Council
  • Treasurer (3 years) – President  (3 years)
  • 1996 – 2007 Southern Arizona Reach Out and Read (SAZROAR) Literacy Project Board of Directors
  • 1980 – 2001 Clerk, Tucson Primitive Baptist Church (23 years)
  • 1990 – 1991 Partners HMO Literacy Campaign
  • 1981 – 1984 Tucson Dance Theatre Board of Directors
  • 1974 – 1980 Treasurer, Tucson Primitive Baptist Church (6 years)

Awards:

  • 2002 University of Arizona College of Education “Distinguished Service Award”
  • 1994 National Distinguished Principal Award for the State of Arizona from the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • 1991 International Reading Association “Exemplary School Reading Program” for the State of Arizona
  • 1989 Cecilia Avalos Award for “Outstanding Early Childhood Administrator” from the Tucson Association for the Education of Young Children
  • 1986 University of Arizona Graduate Teaching Award for the College of Education
  • 1985 “Barry Sherman Outstanding Teacher Award” from Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)
  • 1982 “Elementary English Teacher of the Year” from Arizona English Teacher’s Association

Publications – Books:

  • Wortman, Robert. Comprehension Strategy Kits (a comprehension strategy program for 1st-5th grades). Boston: Newbridge/Sundance Publishing.
  • Wortman, Robert. 1995. The Administrator’s Guide to School Change. Stenhouse.
  • Wortman, Robert and M. Hausler. 1995. Leadership In Whole Language: The Principal’s Role. Stenhouse.
  • Crites, Annabel, K. Stritzel and R. Wortman. 1981. Equity Based Activities for Integrated Early Childhood Curriculum. Palo Alto: Institute for Research.
  • Crites, Annabel, K. Stritzel and R. Wortman. 1981. First Focus: Equity. Palo Alto, American Institute for Research.

Publications – Articles:

  • Crowell, Caryl and R. Wortman. (2001). “Desegregation versus Bilingual Education: The Struggles of a School Community.” Progressive Language Policies and Practices: What Can We Learn From Particular Cases? Edited by Edelsky, Carole and C. Dudley-Marling. Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Wortman, Robert. (1999). “Administrators Supporting School Change Through Mathematics.” Leading the Way: Principals and Superintendents Look at Math Instruction. Edited by Marilyn Burns. Sausalito, CA.: Marilyn Burns Associates.
  • Wortman, Robert. (1999). “Roadblocks to School Change.” Talking Points: Volume 11, Number 1. NCTE: Urbana, Illinois.
  • Wortman, Robert. 1993. “Whole Language Teacher Evaluation.” The Whole Language Catalogue Authentic Assessment Supplement. Edited by K. Goodman, L. Bird and Y. Goodman. New York: American School Publishers.
  • Wortman, Robert . Fall, 1993 “Authenticity in Writing.” Teachers Networking.Katonah, NY: Richard Owen Associates.
  • Wortman, Robert, M. Manning and G. Manning. Nov./Dec., 1991. “A Glossary of Whole Language Terms”. Teaching K-8.
  • Wortman, Robert and M. Matlin-Haussler. 1989. “Evaluation in a Classroom Environment Designed for Whole Language”. The Whole Language Evaluation Book. Edited by Kenneth S. Goodman, Y. Goodman and W. Hood. Portsmouth: Heinemann.
  • Matlin-Haussler, Myna and R.Wortman. 1989. “Observing Readers and Writers: A Teacher and a Researcher Learn Together”. New Knowledge About Oral and Written Language Development. Edited by Gay Sue Pinnell and Myna Matlin-Haussler. International Reading Association publication.
  • Wortman, Robert. (Spring, 1988). “Pre-service, In-service, and the Late Blooming Leos”. The Missouri Reader.
  • Wortman, Robert. 1988. “Using All the Senses to Learn”, “Learning About Time and Space”. Parent Articles Enhance Parent Involvement in Language Learning. Edited by Margaret Schrader. Tucson: Communication Skill Builders.
  • Wortman, Robert. 1988. Contributor to Teacher Strategies and Thematic Unit Sections. Ideas and Insights: Language Arts in the Elementary School. Edited by Dorothy Watson. National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Rukasin Kay. and R. Wortman. 1981. “Integrating the Fine Arts Into the Curriculum”. Arizona Conference for the Gifted and Talented Education Journal.

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Professional Presentations:

  • 2013 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival at Redlands University in Redlands, CA. Festival Featured Speaker on Non-­‐Fiction Reading and Writing Strategies to Meet K-­‐8 Common CORE Requirements.
  • 2013 Southern New Mexico Bureau of Indian Education annual CENAC Conference. Featured speaker on “K-­‐2 and 3-­‐8 Writing Strategies to meet Common CORE Requirements in Literature and Informational Texts.”
  • 2013 Tucson Festival of Books Featured Speaker on “Dr. Bob’s Favorite New Picture Books.”
  • 2013 Tucson Literacy Connection Annual Conference. Featured Speaker on “Supporting our Youngest Writers.”
  • 2013 Midsouth Literacy Conference Keynote Speaker on “”Informational Text Literacy Strategies to Meet Common CORE Requirements.”
  • 2012 JacksonvilleReading association Annual Spring Conference Keynote.” Challenges of Reading Expository Text.”
  • 2012Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker  on “He Said…She said….Who said?  Writing Dialogue”
  • 2011 Midsouth Summer Literacy Conference in Birmingham.  Keynote on Utilizing Multi-genre Text Sets to Study Bulling and Geology.”
  • 2011Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker on Thematic Study of Bullying)
  • 2011  Arizona State Spring Language and Literacy Annual Conference presenter.  “Non fiction Writing Strategies.”
  • 2011 Southern Birmingham College Annual Fall Conference Keynote Speaker. “ Best Practices For the Best Schools (and they can all be Best!)”
  • 2011 Diamond State Annual Reading Conference in Dover, DE.  Featured speaker on  nonfiction reading and writing strategy instruction.
  • 2010   Georgia State Writing Conference in Perry, Georgia.  Featured Speaker on “Nonfiction Reading Strategies That Connect With Writing for Our Youngest Writers” and  “Standing on the Shoulders of Great Writers to Improve Writing.”
  • 2010  California League of Middle Schools Annual Conference in Sacramento, CA. Featured Speaker on “They  All Can Get It: Nonfiction Reading Strategies.”
  • 2010   New York Stae Reading Association Annual Conference in Saratoga, New York. Keynote Speaker on “What’s Worth Their Time – What’s Worth Your Time.”  Featured speaker on, “Taking Nonfiction Reading Into Writing for Primary Grades.”
  • 2010   33rd Southwest Regional IRA Conference in Oklahoma City, OK. Featured Speaker on  “Taking Nonfiction Reading Into Writing for the Primary Grades.”
  • 2010   33rd Northeast Regional IRA Conference in Portland, OR. Featured Speaker on “Taking Nonfiction Reading Into Writing for the Primary Grades.”
  • 2010   Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker on Nonfiction Reading Strategies That Connect With Writing for Our Youngest Writers.”
  • 2009   Arizona State Reading Association Annual Conference in Flagstaff, AZ  Featured Speaker on Taking Nonfiction Reading strategies Into Writing.”
  • 2009 Midsouth Summer Literacy Conference in Birmingham.  Keynote on “What’s Worth Students’ Time/ What’s Worth Our Time in Schools.”
  • 2009 Red Mountain Writing Project Conference in Birminghham.  Keynote on “Using Mentor Texts to Improve Student Writing.”
  • 2009  Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival. in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker  on Nonfiction Reading Strategies That Lead to Writing Reports.”
  • 2008 Southeast Regional IRA in Nashville.  Featured speaker on “Comprehension Strategies for Nonfiction Reading in Content Areas.”
  • 2008 Western Regional IRA Conference in Seattle.  Featured speaker on “Comprehension Strategies for Nonfiction Reading in Content Areas.”
  • 2008     New Mexico State Association of Bilingual Edducation Conference in Albuquerque. Featured Speaker on “Comprehension Reading Strategies in Nonfiction for Second language Learners.”
  • 2008 Arizona State University Language and Literacy Conference speaker in Tempe on ”Standing on the Shoulders of Great Writers to Improve Writing in Schools.”
  • 2008 Yavapai Reading Council  Workshop in Prescott.   Day-long Workshop on “Nonfiction Reading Strategies that Lead to Effective Textbook Reading.”
  • 2008   Arizona English Teachers Association Conference in Tempe.  Featured Speaker on “Comprehension Strategies for Nonfiction Reading.”
  • 2008 University of Arizona Children’s Literature Conference.  Featured Speaker on “Unpacking Biography to Help With Packing Reserach Reports for Elementary Students.”
  • 2008   Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker on “Unpacking the Dense Texts of Bigraphies for Young Children.”
  • 2008   Arizona Reading Association Conference in Glendale.  Featured Speaker on “Unpacking the Dense Texts of Biography.”
  • 2010  Parent and Child Resources Program for Tucson Unified School District.  Series of 3 workshops on literacy assessment of preschoolers.
  • 2010  Summer School Workshop for Tucson Unified Schoold District English Language Learners on Nonfiction Reading Strategy Instruction.
  • 2009-2010   Family Litearcy Specialist with Navajo Nation Schools: Little Singer and Greasewood Springs.
  • 2007  – 2009  Reading Coach with Beaureau of Indian Affairs FOCUS Project. Working with Sky City  Community School at the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico (110 days).
  • 2009   Valley View Elementary School in Roosevelt School District.  Day-long workshop on Comprehension Strategy Instruction in Fiction and Nonfiction”
  • 2009  Valley View Elementary School in Roosevelt School District. Nonfiction Reading Strategy classroom demonstration lessons in 3 K-1 classrooms with follow-up discussion.
  • 2009  Tucson Unified School District ELL Summer School Staff Training on using Comprehension Strategy Kits.
  • 2008-2009  Dietz School  in TUSD.  8 days of classroom demonstration lessons and  discussions with K-2 teachers on nonfiction reading startegy instruction.
  • 2008   Palo Verde High School Professional Development workshop facilitator in Content Area Literacy Instruction.
  • 2007    Dietz Elementary School in Tucson Unified School District.  12days of professional development in Implementing  nonfiction comprehension strategy instruction which included classroom demosnstrations in 2nd-4th grade  classrooms with follow-up debriefings and staff presentations.
  • 2007   Nonfiction Reading Strategy  Instruction  Professional development presentations to Lineweaver, Roberts Elementary Schools.
  • 2007 Midsouth Summer Literacy Conference in Birmingham Alabama. Featured speaker on “They All Can Get IT! Nonfiction Readalod Strategies in Content Classrooms.”
  • 2007 Arizona Reading Association. Featured Speaker on (Unpacking the Dense Texts of Biographies,” Tucson ,Arizona.
  • 2007 University of Arizona Children’s Literature Conference. Featured Speaker on “Frontloading Content Reading with Strategies.”
  • 2007 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival. in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker on “The Best in New Picture Books”
  • 2007 Pima County Early Childhood Seminars. Featered Keynote on “Reading aloud to Young Children.”
  •  2006 Arizona Reading Association Conference in Casa Grande. Featured Speaker on “Comprehension Strategies Are For Everyone! Using Reading Aloud to Teach Comprehension Strategies.”
  • 2006 Southeastern IRA conference in Mobile, AL. Featured Speaker on “Reading Aloud and Comprehension Strategy Instruction.”
  • 2006 Midsouth Summer Literacy Conference in Birmingham Alabama. Featured speaker on “Using Readalouds for Comprehension Strategy Instruction.”
  • 2006 Janet Allen Reading For Life 3 day Literacy Institute for Reading Coaches in Mobile, AL. Workshop Facilitator
  • 2006 University of Arizona Children’s Literature Conference. Featured Speaker on “Read Alouds/Think Alouds: Teaching Comprehension Strategies With Literature.
  • 2006 Charlotte Huck Children’s Literature Festival. in Redlands, CA. Featured Speaker on “Unpacking the Dense Text of Biography Through Memoir”
  • 2003 National Title I Director’s Conference in Anaheim. Featured speaker on “Effective Schools and Best Practices in Reading.”
  • 2002 Illinois State Title I Conference. Keynote speaker on “Schools our Families Deserve.”
  • 2001 Midsouth Summer Literacy Conference in Birmingham. Keynote speaker on “Schools Our Children Deserve.”
  • 1999 Midsouth Summer Literacy Conference in Birmingham. Keynote speaker on “Organizing Schoolwide Literacy Programs.”
  • 1999 Arizona School Administrator’s Conference. Featured Speaker on “Administrators Supporting Schoolwide Literacy Programs.”
  • 1999 National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference in New Orleans. “Blockbuilding and Literacy Development.”
  • 1999 Illinois Reading Association Conference. “Leaders as Readers.”
  • 1999 Whole Language Umbrella Annual Conference in Rochester. Featured Speaker – “Schoolwide Literacy Environments.”
  • 1998 Whole Language Umbrella Annual Conference in Charlotte. Featured Speaker – “Authentic Assessment.”
  • 1997 National Association for the Education of Young Children annual conference in Anaheim – “Unit Blocks and Assessment of Mathematical Understandings in Kindergarten – First Grade.”
  • 1997 New York State Department of Education Multi-age conference keynote – “Attributes of an Outstanding Multi-age Classroom.”
  • 1997 Tucson Association of Child Care – “Portfolios, Student Self-Assessment and Narrative Report Cards.”
  • 1997 Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Annual Conference, “Building Community Through Readalouds.”
  • 1997 Whole language Umbrella conference in Seattle featured speaker – “Balanced Literacy and Whole Language.”
  • 1996 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference presenter of Elementary Division Outstanding Teacher Educator Award.
  • 1996 Whole Language Umbrella Annual Conference Featured Speaker – “What Makes a Whole Language School a Great Whole Language School?”
  • 1996 Arizona School Administrators Annual Spring Conference panel of National Distinguished Principals – “Advice for Aspiring Administrators.”
  • 1996 Long Island Whole Language Conference Keynote – “Leadership in Whole Language.”
  • 1996 Huachuca Area Reading Council Workshop – “Language Learning and Mathematics.”
  • 1995 Tucson Area Reading Council Annual Conference keynote – “What Makes a Good School a Great School?”
  • 1995 Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Annual Conference – “Discipline in the Whole Language School.”
  • 1995 Mid-South Whole Language Conference. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Administrator Luncheon keynote – “What Makes a Good School a Great School.” Additional sessions – “Visual Arts Supporting Literacy Development.”
  • 1994 Vermont Teachers Applying Whole Language Annual Conference – “What Constitutes a Great Whole Language School.”
  • 1994 Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Annual Conference keynote: “What Makes a Whole Language Classroom a Great Whole Language Classroom?”
  • 1994 Whole Language Umbrella National Annual Conference in San Diego – “What Makes a Whole Language School a Great Whole Language School?”
  • 1993 Catskills Whole Language Annual Conference. Presentations on “Organizing the Literate Environment to Promote Holistic Instruction.”
  • 1993 Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Annual Conference – “Organizing the Literate Environment.”
  • 1993 International Reading Association National Conference Whole Language Special Interest Group, Chairperson. Orlando, Florida.
  • 1993 Tucson Area Reading Council Keynote for Literacy Awards.
  • 1992 Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Annual Conference, “Principals Supporting Whole Language.”
  • 1992 Arizona State Department K-3 Annual Conference – “A Birdseye View of an Award Winning Literacy Program.”
  • 1992 Tucson Area Reading Council Annual Conference – “The Newest and Best of Children’s Literature.”
  • 1992 Southwest Regional IRA – “Organizing the School for Whole Language Instruction.”
  • 1991 Whole Language Umbrella Annual Conference in Phoenix – “Organizing a Whole Language School.”
  • 1990 Phoenix West Reading Council Keynote – “Literature in the Whole Language Classroom.”
  • 1988 University of Arizona Language and Literacy Whole Language Seminar – “Principals Supporting Whole Language.”
  • 1988 Valley of the Sun Annual Early Childhood Conference speaker on “Positive Literacy Environments.”
  • 1988 Huachuca Reading Council Annual Conference keynote – “Whole Language; What It Is and What It Isn’t.”
  • 1988 Tucson Association for the Education of Young Children Spring Conference. Featured speaker – “Positive Literacy Environments for Young Children.”
  • 1988 Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Spring Conference, Chair – “The Tucson-Vermont Connection, Teachers Teaching Teachers.”
  • 1987 U.S. Department of Education Research Project – “A Study of Teacher’s Research-Based Instruction of Reading Comprehension” with U of A College of Education.
  • 1987 National Council for Teachers of English Annual Conference (Teacher preparation for Whole Language classrooms), Los Angeles, California.
  • 1986 International Reading Association National Annual Conference in Philadelphia. Pre-conference Early Reading Pre-Convention Institute.
  • 1985 International Reading Association Annual Conference in New Orleans. Pre-conference Institute – “Whole Language: Teachers Connecting with Teachers.”
  • 1984 International Reading Association Annual Conference in Atlanta. Early Childhood Symposium.
  • 1984 International Reading Association Annual Conference in Anaheim – “The Shared Reading Experience: A Kindergarten Reading Program.”
  • 1983 Tucson Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference – “Articulation of Program to Parents, Administrators, and Community.”
  • 1982 University of Arizona Elementary Education Conference – “Whole Language Classroom Strategies.”
  • 1982 Southwestern National Council of Teachers of English “Big Books in the Kindergarten”, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • 1982 International Reading Association Annual Conference in Chicago – “Naturalistic Research Techniques.”
  • 1981 Southwestern International Reading Association in Phoenix – “Early Written Language Development.”
  • 1979 – present Various Curriculum classes: University of Arizona; Pima Community College; University of Phoenix; Chapman College; Northern Arizona University.

Consultant Service:

  • 2013 TUSD professional development presenter and provider of Common CORE classroom demonstration for Craigen, Borton, McCorkle and Ochoa elementary schools.
  • 2013 K-­‐8 Literacy Consultant with Continental School District focusing on professional development and classroom demonstration lessons to meet Common CORE requirements.
  • 2011-present Reading Coach with Bureau of Indian Affairs. Working with Jemez Day School at the Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico
  • 2011-present Reading Coach with Bureau of Indian Affairs FOCUS Project. Working with Sky CityCommunity School at the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico
  • 2012 Literacy Specialist  for Continental School District multiage classrooms.
  • 2011 Literacy Specialist for McCorkle Academy of Excellence
  • 2010 Continental School District. Year-long Professional Development and K-8 Classroom Demonstration Lessons in Literacy strategies.
  • 2010  Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and Arizona Day School for the Deaf in Phoenix. Year-long Professional Development in Literacy Strategies.
  • 2010 Parent and Child Resources Program for Tucson Unified School District.  Series  of 3 workshops on literacy assessment of preschoolers.
  • 2010 Summer School Workshop for Tucson Unified School District English Language Learners on Nonfiction Reading Strategy Instruction.
  • 2009-2010  Family Literacy Specialist with Navajo Nation Schools: Little Singer and Greasewood Springs.
  • 2007  – 2009  Reading Coach with Bureau of Indian Affairs FOCUS Project. Working with Sky City Community School at the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico (110 days).
  • 2009 Valley View Elementary School in Roosevelt School District.  Day-long workshop on Comprehension Strategy Instruction in Fiction and Nonfiction”
  • 2009  Valley View Elementary School in Roosevelt School District. Nonfiction Reading Strategy classroom demonstration lessons in 3 K-1 classrooms with follow-up discussion.
  • 2009 Tucson Unified School District ELL Summer School Staff Training on using Comprehension Strategy Kits.
  • 2008-2009  Dietz School in TUSD.  8 days of classroom demonstration lessons and discussions with K-2 teachers on nonfiction reading strategy instruction.
  • 2008 Palo Verde High School Professional Development workshop facilitator in Content Area Literacy Instruction.
  • 2007 Dietz Elementary School in Tucson Unified School District.  12days of professional development in Implementing  nonfiction comprehension strategy instruction which included classroom demonstrations in 2nd-4th grade classrooms with follow-up debriefings and staff presentations.
  • 2007 Nonfiction Reading Strategy  Instruction  Professional development presentations to Lineweaver, Roberts Elementary Schools.
  • 2007 Reading Coach with Bureau of Indian Affairs FOCUS Project. Working with Sky City Community School at the Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico.
  • 2007 Palo Verde High School Professional Development workshop facilitator in Content Area Literacy Instruction.
  • 2007 Dietz Elementary School in Tucson Unified School District. 12days of professional development in Implementing nonfiction comprehension strategy instruction which included classroom demonstrations in 2nd-4th grade classrooms with follow-up debriefings and staff presentations.
  • 2007 Nonfiction Reading Strategy Instruction Professional development presentations to Lineweaver, Roberts Elementary Schools.
  • 2006 Reading Coach with Bureau of Indian Affairs FOCUS Project. Working with Santa Rosa Ranch School on Tohono O’Odam Reservation.
  • 2006 Desert View High School Demonstration Lessons in Content Area Reading Instruction.
  • 2006 Palo Verde High School Professional Development workshop facilitator in Vocabulary Development in the Content Areas.
  • 2003 Yuma Unified School District. 8 days of workshops and classroom demonstrations of effective Balanced Literacy non-fiction strategies with principals, teachers and parents.
  • 2002 Yuma Unified School District. 9 days of workshops and classroom demonstrations of effective Balanced Literacy strategies with principals, teachers and parents.
  • 2000 Tucson Unified School District Title I Weeklong Workshop – “Creating a Literate Environment.”
  • 1999 TUSD Title I Schools. Weeklong workshop on “Organizing the Literate Environment.”
  • 1999 Jordan School District, Salt Lake City. Three days of presentations to administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents on “Organizing Schoolwide Literacy Environments.”
  • 1999 Catskill Whole Language Annual Conference in Rochester, New York. Featured Speaker on “Roadblocks to School Change.”
  • 1998 Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) annual conference in San Antonio – “What makes a Good school Great for All Learners?”
  • 1998 Brigham Young University Balanced Literacy Project. Presentation to Utah state administrators on components of a comprehensive balanced literacy program.
  • 1998 Vanderbilt University Whole Language Annual Conference keynote – “Creating and Supporting Community Through Readalouds.”
  • 1998 Zephyr Press Annual Conference – “Components of an Outstanding Schoolwide Literacy Program.”
  • 1998 Bureau of Indian Affairs Summer Literacy Institute. University of Arizona – “Organizing the School to Support Balanced Literacy.”
  • 1998 Tucson Unified School District Title I Weeklong Workshop – “Creating a Literate Environment.”
  • 1997 New York State Department of Education Multiage Conference – “The Difference Between a Good School and a Great School.”
  • 1997 Tucson Unified School District Title I Weeklong Workshop – “Creating a Literate Environment.”
  • 1997 Bureau of Indian Affairs Summer Literacy Institute. University of Arizona – “Organizing the School to Support Whole Language.”
  • 1997 Albuquerque Public Schools. Literacy presentations for staff and parents with classroom demonstrations.
  • 1996 Tucson Unified School District K-3 Department. Emerging Literacy and full-day Kindergartens.
  • 1996 Tucson Unified School District Title I Weeklong Workshop: “Creating a Literate Environment.”
  • 1996 Bureau of Indian Affairs Summer Literacy Institute. University of Arizona. “Organizing the School to Support Whole Language.”
  • 1995 Lucy Caulkins and the New York Writing Project Weeklong consultant: “Organizing School Literacy Programs.”
  • 1995 Utah Department of Education. Workshop on Creating A Literate Environment to Support Literacy Learning.
  • 1995 Bureau of Indian Affairs Summer Literacy Institute. University of Arizona – “Organizing the School to Support Whole Language.”
  • 1994 University of Edinborough Reading Conference Keynote, Edinborough, Pennsylvania – “Creating a Community of Learners.”
  • 1994 Department of DefenseDODDS 5-day workshop – “Organizing the Whole Language Classroom.”
  • 1994 Scholastic Language Arts Advisory Council annual meeting in
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