If you hire Erica as a speaker or workshop facilitator, expect to learn literacy strategies that increase student ownership and transferability of skills. Her advocacy for both classroom libraries and rigorous engagement with shared texts seeks to balance the sometimes false dichotomies found education. Erica’s workshop audiences appreciate that she is not just well-read but that she teaches full-time, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice in both her secondary and graduate-level classrooms.
“Fabulous, Erica. This is a comprehensive look at what you’re doing and why. I would love to see you present sometime… You are already doing amazing things in your classroom… You’re one of my heroes.” – Penny Kittle; author, professional development coordinator, and rockstar high school English teacher
“I enjoyed your Prezi on close reading and am honored that you found my work useful.” – Doug Fisher; author and professor of language and literacy education at San Diego State University
“How you are making a difference… Loved [this]. Fwd to son’s teacher. Now we’re planning Book Frenzy in fall, based on this post. Keep posting great ideas. U make a difference. It’s a great idea, elegantly and enthusiastically explained. I think my son’s class is going to love it.” – Linda Urban; author of The Center of Everything, Hound Dog True, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, and Mouse was Mad
“[Erica] uses fantastic analogies. I wish she had been my literature teacher in HS… [Her] students become so comfortable with close reading that they start to do it on their own – some close read [their] own notes” – Beth Shaum; NCTE social media coordinator, middle school ELA teacher, and blogger
“Her knowledge was exactly what I needed to hear today. Our department is looking for ways to increase student literacy in our content, but we are not literacy teachers. Erica gave us some specific strategies and practices that I can use immediately in my class. Her presentation was thoughtful and had many resources that I can use. I appreciated that! I truly can’t express how wonderful this session was. I not feel like I have someone I can work with to help me navigate my standards/curriculum/classes. THANK YOU!!!” – Michelle Jensky; high school Social Studies teacher
“What a wonderful presentation! Erica was so prepared and is so well-informed. She is a wealth of knowledge. There were so many good ideas and strategies that I can use in my classroom next year. I especially loved her examples and the treasure trove of books that she shared with us. In addition to an excellent presentation, Erica was very informative when we strayed from the agenda giving professional advice and guidance. Thank you so much!” – Jennifer Mesler; middle school Social Studies teacher
“Erica put together some helpful information for us to consider as we navigate through all of the demands of a the Social Studies classroom. I like how she broke information down into user friendly steps. She really seemed genuinely interested in helping us overcome the obstacles we deal with on a daily basis by offering up effective strategies.” – Rachelle Howe; middle school Social Studies teacher