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.
Sonja Cherry-Paul, Senior Research Associate, has taught middle-school students for twenty years. She is a doctoral candidate in the Curriculum and Teaching department at Teachers College where her research and writing focus is on teaching about race and racism in K-12 classrooms. She presents at national conferences and is the co-author of professional texts for teachers including: Teaching Interpretation: Using Text-Based Evidence to Construct Meaning and Flip Your Writing Workshop: A Blended Learning Approach.
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 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.
David Keck, Research and Data Manager for TCRWP, was a teacher and data manager at MS 322 in New York's Washington Heights and a teacher and curriculum developer at the Regional Alternative Education Centre in Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of the medieval fantasy novels In the Eye of Heaven, In a Time of Treason, and A King in Cobwebs. His cartoons have appeared in Analog, The Magazine of Science Fiction, and the former Suvudu.com.
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.
Laura Rincon, Senior Specialist of Special Projects, supports knowledge management systems, technological innovations, and professional development at the Project. Before enrolling in the Literacy Specialist program at TC, she spent a decade teaching high school English in Chicago and then training teachers in New York City. She is passionate about coaching educators, designing rigorous curricula, and using technology to help others do their jobs even better.
Janet Steinberg, Senior 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.