I am the author of two professional books for school
librarians, classroom teachers, and literacy coaches. The focus
of the books is using coteaching approaches to teach reading comprehension
strategies. The books include standards-based sample lesson plans
that highlight ways to lower the student-teacher ratio at the point
of instruction. The lessons also integrate research-based instructional
strategies. Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension:
Maximizing Your Impact (2007) will be replaced with Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact in summer 2013.
I am also a published children's book author. My second book (written
for families), Read to Me/Vamos a leer, is available in English,
Spanish, bilingual Spanish-English, and Vietnamese in hardcover
and board book formats from Star Bright Books (January 2004). My
first children's picture book, Sing Down the Rain (Kiva Publishing,
1997), is in its third printing. My third children's book is will be available from Eerdman's Books for Young Readers in August 2013.
Author and Storyteller School Visits
I authored and illustrated the Sabino Canyon: The Web of Life
Web Site and facilitated the work of preservice educators and
graduate students on the Southwest Children's Literature Web
I maintain a poetry page with
samples of my own poetry and poems students have written. It also
includes poetry resources for educators.
I conduct research on issues related to classroom-library collaboration.
My curriculum vitae lists my professional
As an educator, poet, and storyteller - I am always on the trail
of new stories...