Dr. Kylene Beers is an international literacy consultant and serves as the Senior Reading Advisor to Secondary Schools for the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University, and previously was the Senior Reading Researcher at the Comer School Development Program, Yale University. She is the author or co-author of many books including Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters, Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies, Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading, When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do. She is co-editor of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice.
Kylene has written numerous articles that have been published in national educational journals including English Journal, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, Voices from the Middle, School Library Journal, and numerous state journals. She has served on committees and boards with the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English and has been an invited keynote speaker to numerous national conventions including the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Middle School Association, the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Directors, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
Additionally, she has been a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Best Practices in Education committee. The former editor of the National Council of Teachers of English literacy journal Voices from the Middle, Kylene has served as Chair of the National Adolescent Literacy Coalition and as the 2008-2009 President of NCTE. In 2007, she was awarded the NCTE’s Exemplary Leadership Award, presented by the Institute on English Leadership.