Judith L. Irvin, Ph.D., Executive Director
Judith L. Irvin is a professor emerita at Florida State University and the Executive Director of the National Literacy Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to literacy improvement among intermediate, middle, and high school students. Judi’s repertoire includes chairing the Research Committee for the National Middle School Association for six years and serving on the Commission on Adolescent Literacy of the International Reading Association. She has written and edited numerous books, chapters, and articles on adolescent literacy – most notably Reading and the High School Student: Strategies to Enhance Literacy (with Buehl and Klemp, 2007), Strategies for Enhancing Literacy and Learning in Middle School Content Area Classrooms (with Buehl and Radcliffe, 2007) and Teaching Middle School Reading (with Rycik, 2005).
Judi (with co-authors Dean, Meltzer, Mickler, and Phillips) wrote and published three books as part of a project funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York: Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy: An Implementation Guide for School Leaders (ASCD, 2007), Meeting the Challenge in Adolescent Literacy: Practical Ideas for Literacy Leaders (IRA, 2009), and Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy: Action Steps for Schoolwide Success (Corwin Press, 2010). These books have been used extensively as schools develop, implement, monitor and sustain a literacy action plan for their schools. She is a speaker and consultant to school systems and professional organizations throughout the nation. She spent eight years as middle and high school social studies and reading teacher.
Nancy Dean, Ed.S., Associate Director of Training and Development
Nancy Dean is professor emerita at the P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. During her 40 years in education, she has taught middle and high school English, special education, reading, debate, social studies, English Language Learners, and Advanced Placement English. She is also an experienced literacy coach and curriculum specialist.
Committed to school reform and meaningful professional development, Nancy has worked extensively with teachers and school leaders in both urban and rural schools throughout the United States. In addition, she is a national consultant in secondary literacy and literacy leadership. Nancy is the author of Voice Lessons: Classroom Activities to Teach Diction, Detail, Imagery, Syntax and Tone (2000) and Discovering Voice: Voice Lessons for Middle and High School (2006). She is also co-author of Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy: Practical Ideas for Literacy Leaders (with Irvin, Meltzer, Mickler, and Phillips, 2009); and Taking the Lead on Adolescent Literacy: Action Steps for Schoolwide Success (with Irvin, Meltzer, and Mickler, 2010).
Marilyn Kline, Ed.S., Associate Director
Marilyn Kline works both regionally and nationally and has developed and delivered technical assistance and professional development for K-12 educators that focused on literacy and its importance in the content areas of mathematics, social studies, and science. Marilyn is also a program director for the David C. Anchin Center at the University of South Florida. Her experiences at the University have included roles as a regional professional development consultant, an evaluator, and a senior research associate. Through a partnership with the Florida and the Islands Comprehensive Center at ETS, she is currently working on projects in the areas of teacher and leader evaluation, strategic planning, grant writing, and educational leadership. Prior work has included the evaluation of Florida’s statewide implementation of Reading First and the Heartland Educational Consortium’s Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse. As an evaluator, she has developed instruments, and collected and analyzed data regarding professional development, collaborative leadership, and effective practices.
Prior to joining the University of South Florida in 2001, Marilyn spent 21 years working in the K-12 environment, first as a classroom teacher, then as a department chair, and finally as a district curriculum specialist. Marilyn co-authored Measuring the Effectiveness of Professional Development Training, published in the Winter 2007 volume of ERS Spectrum. Her curriculum work has been published in Super Learning in a Super City: NFL Youth Outreach Program, and an example of her evaluation work can be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education website: