Early Literacy Intervention:
Expanding Expertise and Impact

a Reading Recovery initiative in partnership with the U.S. Department of Education

The goal of this initiative is to focus on developing highly effective teachers and resources for schools for improving the reading and writing abilities of students.
Funding has been provided through an award from the U.S. Department of Education, under award number U215K090094, for the Fund for the Improvement of Education (FIE) Program. The contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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Home Intervention Coaching Webinar Speakers
Coaching Teachers Working in Intervention Settings:
Supporting Effective Processing in Readers
Webinar Presenters

Diane DeFord
Professor, Swearingen Chair of Literacy Education, University of South Carolina

Instrumental in Reading Recovery since its beginning at The Ohio State University in 1985, Diane DeFord has served in numerous teaching and educational leadership positions for more than 25 years. She is the author or co-author of more than 50 books and journal articles, conducts workshops around the country, and is a frequent presenter at state and national conferences and universities. Among her books are Bridges to Literacy: Learning from Reading Recovery co-authored with Carol Lyons and Gay Su Pinnell. Diane has been involved in numerous research projects during the last quarter century, most recently as co-investigator for a USDE-funded South Carolina Reading Initiative.

Kathleen Fay
Primary Literacy Collaborative Coordinator, Fairfax County, VA

Kathleen Fay has worked most of her career at Bailey's Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences in Fairfax County, Virginia, where the majority of students are English language learners. She taught Reading Recovery for 8 years and has been a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. Currently, she coaches teachers as a Primary Literacy Collaborative Coordinator and teaches in a first-grade classroom.  A National Board Certified Teacher, Kathleen has been teaching for 19 years. She frequently presents at state and national conferences and is the co-author of Becoming One Community: Reading and Writing with English Language Learners (Stenhouse).


Enrique A. Puig
Director, Morgridge International Reading Center, University of Central Florida

With more than 30 years of teaching experience, Enrique Puig currently teaches K-12 content area reading at the University of Central Florida. His expertise in literacy education and literacy coaching has been called upon by colleagues in school districts from nationwide, and he has presented at national and international conferences. He is author of Guided Reading and Spanish Speaking Students (Scholastic); co-author of The Literacy Coaching: Guiding in the Right Direction, 2nd ed. (Allyn & Bacon) and The Literacy Leadership Team: Sustaining and Expanding Success (Allyn & Bacon). Recognized by the Florida Department of Education as a Title I Distinguished Educator, he continues to work with students to improve his own learning and instruction.