Convener Bios


Steve Zemelman STEVE ZEMELMAN directs the Illinois Writing Project, and works to build long-term sustainability of school improvement. He works on literacy, whole-school development, and teacher leadership. With several partners he has written numerous professional texts, including the latest edition of Best Practice now subtitled Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms; plus 13 Steps to Teacher Empowerment: Taking a More Active Role in Your School Community;  Content Area Writing: Every Teacher’s Guide; Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content Area Reading; Rethinking High School; History Comes Home: Family Stories Across the Curriculum; and A Community of Writers: Teaching Composition in the Junior and Senior High School. Formerly he directed the Center for City Schools at National-Louis University.

ross harry HARRY ROSS, co-author of 13 Steps to Teacher Empowerment: Taking a More Active Role in Your School Community, is a professor in the Secondary Education Department at National Louis University in Chicago. He has been a high school English teacher and has taught and presented on empowering teachers to collaborate and follow their passions to reinvigorate their teaching.  He is a recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from Northwestern University and has served as the lead scholar on an NEH grant.  He works with teachers and principals to build schools’ leadership capacity and transform them into more democratic learning communities.

MARILYN HOLLMAN, energized early on by a Newsweek cover, “Why Johnny Can’t Write,” has been teaching, researching, writing and presenting ever since in many contexts, including directing and consulting with the Chicago Area Writing Project and the Northwest Indiana Writing Project; career teacher in the Communication Arts department, Naperville Central H.S.; adjunct professor, National Louis University; visiting professor, University of Montana.  She’s written articles, one chapter, and presentations at national and state conferences. Currently, she’s an Illlinois Association of Teachers of English executive board member, a SLATE member, and a policy advocate, National Council of Teachers of English, emphasizing State legislation/policy.  Her latest presentation was about art and literature, her last article about writer William Maxwell. She heads Literacy Perspectives Consulting.

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