Author Bio

N. Suzanne Standerford has been active in Michigan literacy circles since the early 1980s, as a member of the Michigan Department of Education Curriculum Review Committee, an officer in three local reading councils, and the U.P. coordinator for development and dissemination of the English Language Arts Content Standards. Dr. Standerford was an elementary teacher and a reading specialist for nearly 17 years before completing her Ph.D. at Michigan State University. She has been a professor of reading education at Northern Michigan University since 1992 and currently co-directs the Upper Peninsula Writing Project. Dr. Standerford's research interests are the ways teachers learn to make instructional changes and the effects of policy decisions on teachers, students, and schools.


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