Who is thinkSRSD?
Our Story…. During the 2007-08 school year, teachers Pooja Patel and Leslie Laud used SRSD in their classrooms in NYC. After searching for ways to strengthen our writer’s workshop, we stumbled upon SRSD and fell in love at first use. We regularly sauntered down the hall to each other’s classrooms to swap ideas and stories as we watched our writers flourish. We soon published our students’ astonishing writing transformations in peer-reviewed journals, and began securing grant funding (IRA, CEC) to study SRSD empirically. We then began offering professional learning in SRSD. We now partner with researchers and school districts throughout the world, using blended learning to support them in adopting SRSD. Our core team and advisers are:
Dr. Leslie Laud, Director
Leslie Laud’s passion is watching students’ joy bubble over as they more freely express their thoughts and voice on paper, as well as watching teachers become more confident, joyful and empowered in their craft. Leslie Laud holds an M.A. in special education and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. While there, Dr. Laud studied data-informed instructional models, participated in advanced Writers Workshop Institutes and received certification as a school administrator, with a focus on school change. She has taught in both special and general education, worked as a school principal, taught at Teachers College and Bank Street College. Dr. Laud now consults on writing nationally and internationally, using a blended model to help schools strengthen writing instruction. She also publishes on SRSD, and presents frequently at conferences.
Pooja Patel, Co-Director
Pooja Patel, M.A. & Ph.D (in process) is a learning specialist at the United Nations International School. She has taught SRSD as a learning specialist and in general education. She leads SRSD workshops nationally and internationally. She teaches a practicum course in the Reading Specialist Program at Teachers College, Columbia University where interventions, including SRSD, are taught. She also publishes on writing instruction in peer-reviewed journals. Pooja founded and directs the non profit, Teachers 4 Student Success, dedicated to improving literacy for all students regardless of age, socio-economic status, and learning differences.
Dr. Karen Harris, Adviser
Karen R. Harris, developer of SRSD with colleagues, is the Mary Emily Warner Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She has worked in the field of education since 1974, initially as a general education teacher and then as a special education teacher. Her extensive research focuses on informing and improving theory, research, and practice related to writing development for all students. She continues to refine the SRSD model of strategies instruction based on theoretical and empirical integration. She co-authored Writing Better, Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students, and Making the Writing Process Work. Her current research focuses on practice-based professional development.
Dr. Steve Graham, Adviser
Steve Graham is the Warner Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. For close to 30 years he has studied and published extensively on how writing develops, how to teach it effectively, and how writing can be used to support reading and learning, with a recent focus on technology. He is the co-author of Writing Better, Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students, and Making the Writing Process Work. He is also the author of three influential Carnegie Corporation reports: Writing Next, Writing to Read, and Informing Writing. He was the chair of the What Works Clearinghouse guide, Teaching Elementary School Students to be Effective Writers.
SRSD Course Leaders (Located all throughout USA)
Additionally, the following SRSD experts generously advise thinkSRSD:
Ms. Barbara Friedlander, Assistant to the Associate Superintendent of Special Education and Student Services for Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. Barbara has co-authored articles on SRSD, and the best selling book on SRSD, Powerful Writing Strategies. She regularly leads professional learning on SRSD.
Dr. Michael Herbert, Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Dr. Hebert’s research interests include reading and writing development, how writing instruction influences reading development, and the identification of effective “writing to read” practices. Dr. Herbert has published on writing and SRSD, and leads professional learning on SRSD as well.
Dr. Sharlene Kiuhara, Assistant Professor of Special Education, University of Utah. Dr. Kiuhara leads professional learning on SRSD. Her current work investigates the effects of the Self-Regulated Strategy Development framework and using writing to learn arguments within a multi-tiered system of supports in secondary content areas, including language arts, math, and science classrooms.
Dr. Gary Troia, Associate Professor of Special Education at Michigan State University. His research interests include: oral language and literacy connections, writing assessments and instruction, standards’ alignment with assessments, predictors of writing quality, and teacher professional development in literacy. Dr. Troia facilitates professional development efforts focused on Self-regulated Strategy Development (SRSD) in Michigan and has given numerous workshops on SRSD around the country.