Each specialist has a defined area of expertise and provides intellectual leadership in that distinct area. Some work on performance assessments, on data, on curriculum, on research.
Kelly Boland Hohne, Writer in Residence and Senior Research Associate at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, earned her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching from Teachers College while working at the Project. Kelly is the author of several units of study for reading and writing, among them, Changing the World: Persuasive Speeches, Petitions and Editorials and Argument and Advocacy: Researching Debatable Issues. In all of her work, Kelly draws on her experience as a classroom teacher at PS 6, a TCRWP mentor school.
Emily Butler Smith, Associate Director for Professional Development, taught in Colorado and at PS 116 in New York City before joining the TCRWP. While working at the Project, Emily earned her Ed.D. from Teachers College in Curriculum and Teaching. Emily leads an ongoing collaboration between the TCRWP and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation devoted to the teaching of history and literacy. She is co-author of The Lens of History and Reading the Weather, Reading the World.
Katie Clements, Senior Research Associate and Lead Staff Developer, received her MA in Science Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and taught at PS 321, a long-time Project school in Brooklyn, before joining the TCRWP. Katie is co-author of two units for fifth graders: Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction and Literary Essay: Opening Texts and Seeing More.
Elizabeth Dunford Franco, Senior Research Associate, was a teacher at PS 58 in Brooklyn before joining the Project. She is co-author of multiple titles in the reading and writing Units of Study series, among these, persuasive writing units for grades K, 1 and 2, and a variety of reading units including Super Powers: Reading with Print Strategies and Sight Word Power, Building Good Reading Habits, and, most recently, Word Detectives: Strategies for Using High-Frequency Words and for Decoding, Grade 1.
Emily Kaplan, Staff Writer and Editor, taught in Boston and Latin America before joining the Project. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.Ed. from Boston College.
Marjorie Martinelli, Senior Research Associate and Co-Director of Reading Rescue, has led many leadership and literacy coach groups for the TCRWP. She is co-author of Crafting True Stories, a unit of study for third grade writers, of Becoming Avid Readers, a unit of study for Kindergarten readers, of the blog, Chartchums, and of two books, Smarter Charts and Smarter Charts for Math, Science & Social Studies.
Audra Robb, Associate Director for Middle Schools at the TCRWP, has a special responsibility for developing and piloting performance assessment tools aligned to the Common Core State Standards. In addition, Audra provides staff development to schools in NYC and across the country. Audra is co-author of Writing About Reading, Grade 7, in the middle school writing Units of Study series.
Janet Steinberg, Research and Data Manager for the TCRWP, was a literacy coach in the Bronx, NY before joining the Project. Janet has special expertise in standards based instruction and analyzing student achievement data, which she brings to her work in New York City and across the country. She is a coauthor of Reading History: The American Revolution.
Cheryl Tyler, Director of Reading Rescue, a funded program supporting early literacy, has been a Reading Recovery teacher, a classroom teacher, a staff developer, and a principal. She is co-author of A Quick Guide to Boosting English Acquisition in Choice Time and of Purposeful Play.