I am Professor of Education, University Scholar, and Director of the Center for Literacy in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My doctoral degree is in Reading Education and English Education from the University of Virginia. My work focuses on early literacy learning, the intersection of technology and literacy education, and children’s literature. In the area of early childhood education, I have collaborated with schools and libraries across the country; with organizations such as Children’s Television Workshop, RIF, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Reach Out and Read; and worked on productions like Between the Lions and the National Head Start Association HeadsUp! Reading Program. I am the former editor of Language Arts (1990-1997) and former co-editor of the Illinois Reading Council Journal (1998-2004). From 2006-2013 I was PI on three U.S. Department of Education funded Early Reading First projects which involved developing model preschool literacy curricula for three- and four-year-old children in urban, low-income Chicago schools (http://www.uic.edu/educ/erf/ for more information). I served on the International Reading Association Board of Directors from 2011-2014 and as President of the Board of the International Literacy Association from 2016-2017. Our current work in the Center for Literacy involves providing community-based services to families of Head Start children and conducting research on various aspects of early language and literacy development.