Dr. Nancy Boyles was a classroom teacher for many years and is now Professor Emerita at Southern Connecticut State University where she was Professor of Reading and Graduate Reading Program Coordinator. Previously, she spent 25 years as a classroom teacher at various elementary grade levels. She was named Teacher of the Year in her district and was a semi-finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year. She received her doctorate in reading and language from Boston University and has received numerous awards over the years for her contribution to the field of literacy. She currently consults with districts and other organizations and agencies, providing workshops, modeling best practices in classrooms, and assisting with curriculum development. Workshop topics include Close Reading for the Common Core; Comprehension Strategies, Small Group Instruction, Explicit Comprehension Instruction, Rigorous Assessment, and Author’s Craft. Nancy is the author of several books, including Teaching Written Response to Text, Constructing Meaning through Kid-Friendly Comprehension Strategy Instruction, Hands-On Literacy Coaching, That's a GREAT Answer!, Rethinking Small Group Instruction in the Intermediate Grades, Launching RTI Comprehension Instruction with Shared Reading, Closer Reading in Grades 3-6, and Lessons and Units for Close Reading.
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