Academics & Teachers Team Up

Pooja Patel, United Nations International School & Teachers College, Columbia University

Pooja Patel, M.A. teaches English at the United Nations International School. She leads SRSD workshops regularly. She teaches a practicum course in the Reading Specialist Program at Teachers College, Columbia University and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. Pooja directs the non profit, Teachers 4 Student Success, dedicated to improving literacy for all students regardless of age, socio-economic status, and learning differences.

Amanda Rhea, United Nations School

Amanda Rhea is a learning specialist and English Teacher at the United Nations International School. She leads professional learning on SRSD for the NYC DOE and supports teachers in her own school with using this approach. 

Jennifer Traverso, Literacy Coordinator

Jennifer Traverso is the K-5 English Language Arts Coordinator in the Westford Public schools. She leads workshops locally and nationally on SRSD. She holds a Master’s from Endicott College in Reading and Literacy. 

Jules Csillag, Speech & Language Pathologist

Jules holds a B.A. in Linguistics, with a minor in Psychology, from McGill University and earned an M.S. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Jules speaks often at conferences on literacy related topics. She is author of ‘Differentiated Reading Instruction’.

Dr. Jaime Greene (School Administrator) & Dr. Derek Voiles (English Teacher)

Jaime and Derek work in a top performing Tennessee school. They have run SRSD courses statewide and nationally. They were both statewide coaches for the state as well and can be found at TeachingintheMiddle.com. Derek Voiles was named TN teacher of the year in 2016. 

Dr. Karen Harris, Arizona State University

Karen R. Harris, adviser to thinkSRSD & developer of SRSD with colleagues, is the Mary Emily Warner Professor in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. She co-authored Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students, and Making the Writing Process Work. Her current research focuses on practice-based professional development.

Dr. Steve Graham, Arizona State University

Steve Graham, adviser to thinkSRSD, is the Warner Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. He is the co-author of Writing Better, Powerful Writing Strategies for all Students, and Making the Writing Process Work, as well as three influential Carnegie Corporation reports: Writing Next, Writing to Read, and Informing Writing. 

Dr. Leslie Laud, Bank Street College of Education

Leslie Laud teaches graduate courses at Bank Street College of Education. She holds an M.A. in special education and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching, both from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has taught in both special and general education. She leads workshops and publishes on various literacy topics regularly.

Amy Thomas, Literacy Coordinator

Amy Thomas served as the SRSD coordinator in the Jeffco, Colorado Schools. In this role, she supported participating schools by leading in-house workshops, modeling lessons in classrooms and leading scoring sessions. 

Dr. Joyce King-McIver, Professor, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Joyce King-McIver is a Clinical Associate Professor, Speech/Language Clinic Coordinator at University of Wisconsin, at Milwaukee. 

Additionally, the following experts generously advise our work:

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 peer-reviewed articles, and a best selling book, Powerful Writing Strategies. She regularly leads professional learning.

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.

Dr. Leslie Rogers,  Assistant Professor of Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Dr. Rogers supports K-8 teachers implementing SRSD writing instruction and investigates effectiveness of applying the SRSD model of instruction when teaching mathematics to middle level learners.