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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Webinar Presenters
Mary Cappellini
Educational consultant

Mary Cappellini is an educational consultant who has worked with English language learners and teachers of ELLs for over 25 years. She is the author of Balancing Reading and Language Learning: A Resource for Teaching English Language Learners, K-5; published by Stenhouse in 2005. Her experience includes being an elementary teacher, a bilingual reading resource teacher, a literacy coach, an ESL teacher, and an adjunct professor. She taught in large urban public schools in Santa Ana, California, as well as at the American School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mary consults with teachers and administrators and works with children in school districts across the nation, and often is a featured or keynote speaker at state and national conferences and universities. She is also the author of numerous children's books in both English and Spanish. Mary and her husband are raising three bilingual and bicultural daughters in Southern California.


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.


Pat Johnson
Literacy consultant

Pat Johnson has supported both students and teachers as an elementary reading teacher for 25 years. Most of her career has been in schools with diverse populations in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a Reading Recovery-trained teacher and was also an adjunct faculty member of George Mason University. Presently, as a literacy consultant, Pat provides staff development for various school districts nationwide and has presented at state and national conferences. She is the author of One Child at a Time: Making the Most of Your Time with Struggling Readers, K-6 and co-author of the new Catching Readers Before They Fall: Supporting Readers Who Struggle, K-4.