ANNOUNCEMENT: My thanks to Kathy Popadics and other teachers and students from School #29 in Paterson, New Jersey for a fine time yesterday. It was my third morning of one-hour Skype sessions with students in three Paterson schools and I loved seeing the kids again. My thanks to Dennis Vroegindewey for getting me to Paterson as the Poet in Residence for the grant he obtained and to Adrian Cepero for his technical assistance in making the Skype sessions work smoothly.
I hope everyone is having a good summer. Thanks for coming by today. I’m pleased to say that my Featured Guest tomorrow is Tim Rasinski, well known authority on reading fluency. You met him here February 19, 2010 and it’s my pleasure to reintroduce him tomorrow. For now, here is the bio he sent last year. I know that much has happened in Tim’s busy world since then.
Timothy Rasinski is a professor of literacy education at Kent State University. He has written over 200 articles and has authored, co-authored or edited over 50 books or curriculum programs on reading education. He is author of the best selling book on reading fluency entitled The Fluent Reader, published by Scholastic, and co-author of the award winning fluency program called Fluency First, published by the Wright Group. The second edition of The Fluent Reader will be published in 2010. His scholarly interests include reading fluency and word study, reading in the elementary and middle grades, and readers who struggle. His research on reading has been cited by the National Reading Panel and has been published in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Reading Psychology, and the Journal of Educational Research. Tim is currently writing the fluency chapter for Volume IV of the Handbook of Reading Research.
Tim recently served a three year term on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association and from 1992 to 1999 he was co-editor of The Reading Teacher, the world’s most widely read journal of literacy education. He has also served as co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Rasinski is past-president of the College Reading Association and he has won the A. B. Herr and Laureate Awards from the College Reading Association for his scholarly contributions to literacy education.
Prior to coming to Kent State Tim taught literacy education at the University of Georgia. He taught for several years as an elementary and middle school classroom and Title I teacher in Nebraska.
Be sure to join us tomorrow!