Dr. Jeff Wilhelm
Jeffrey Wilhelm is Professor of English Education at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. He is the founding director of the Boise State Writing Project which supports over 1000 teachers each year with over 30,000 contact hours of professional development. He is a highly regarded author or co-author of 24 books about literacy and literacy education.
Jeff has devoted his professional career to helping teachers help their students. He is particularly devoted to assisting students who are considered to be reluctant, struggling or at-risk.
His research agenda is organized around creating supportive inquiry-oriented contexts for developing and performing literacy, literate behaviors and literate identities. His research demonstrates how inquiry environments are powerful contexts for learning literacy and achieving deep understanding.
Dr. Douglas Fisher
Douglas Fisher has spent decades researching the place of vocabulary instruction in literacy programs at all grade levels.
As a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and the Director of Professional Development for the City Heights Educational Collaborative, he has taught a variety of courses in SDSU’s teacher-credentialing program as well as graduate-level courses on English language development and literacy.
He is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award as well as a Christa McAuliffe award for excellence in teacher education.
He has published numerous articles on reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design as well as books, such as Improving Adolescent Literacy: Strategies at Work and Responsive Curriculum Design in Secondary Schools: Meeting the Diverse Needs of Students.