We have staff with expertise in the complex and multi-faceted process of literacy and content learning.

Our consultants have extensive experience in literacy instruction, in many subject ares, and at all grade levels.


We have staff with expertise in the complex and multi-faceted process of literacy and content learning.

Our consultants have extensive experience in literacy instruction, in many subject ares, and at all grade levels.

Board of Directors

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Doug Buehl, M.S.

  • 33 years as a public school teacher in the Madison Metropolitan School District, with experiences as a social studies teacher, reading teacher, literacy coach, and in adolescent literacy professional development
  • 15 years as an instructor in disciplinary literacy at Edgewood College
  • Author of two books on disciplinary literacy and co-author of two books on middle and high school literacy
  • National and International Consultant on Disciplinary Literacy

Martha Jan Mickler, Ph.D.

  • Over 40 years as teacher and/or administrator in K-12 education and in university levels
  • Provided professional development in literacy and music education at all educational levels
  • Published/co-published numerous articles and several books in literacy and educational leadership
  • Organizing member and lead team participant of the National Literacy Project

Barbara J. Radcliffe, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor and Head of the Middle, Secondary, Reading, and Deaf Education Department at Valdosta State University
  • Seventeen years as an educator, Taught middle school language arts, reading, science, and social studies, 3rd/4th grade, kindergarten; Literacy Coach 6th-8th; Assessment Coordinator; Professional Development School Coordinator
  • Teacher of the Year – Fairview Middle School
  • Research focus Literacy Instruction in the Middle Grades Classroom, Reflective Practice of Preservice and Inservice Teachers, and Teacher Performance Assessment

Judith Rundel, MSLIS

  • Careers in mortgage banking and contract negotiation all involving the organization, dissemination, and management of information
  • Over ten years as a public library professional providing educators, students, and the community with the information they need to succeed

National Literacy Project Lead Team

*Lead team are also board members.


Judith Irvin, Ph.D.

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 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.

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, Figurative Language, Imagery, Syntax and Tone, Discovering Voice:  Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text,  and Finding Voice:  Introductory Lessons to Teach Reading and Writing of Complex Text. 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.

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.


Project Partners

Athena Adams, Ed.D.

  • Principal of Lakeview Middle School, Orange County Florida
  • Over twenty years as an educator and the 2013 OCPS Literacy Leader and a Florida Top 25 Principal
  • Grants include Smaller Learning Communities, School Reform, ITARI- Technology in Reading
  • Speaker and presenter with focus on Achievement Gap and Workplace Cultural Sensitivity
  • Former Assistant Principal, Administrative Dean, Learning Resource Specialist, Teacher of Language Arts, DOP

Patty Linder, Ph.D.

  • Polk State College Program Director, Bachelor of Science: Education
  • Over 40 years experience in K-12 and adult education
  • Former Research Associate, University of South Florida David C. Anchin Center College of Education
  • Former Literacy Faculty, New Leaders, a Non-profit Corporation
  • Co-author Measuring the Effectiveness of Professional Development Training (2007)

Beth Mims, M.S.

  • 34 years as teacher, principal,and director, Pre K through 12
  • Retired Chief Academic Officer from Wakulla County School System
  • Consultant in Response to Intervention and Instruction

Chris M. Morris, M.Ed.

  • Professor Emerita, University of Florida, P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
  • Literacy consultant to school districts throughout the state of Florida
  • Principal for over twenty years and educator for more than forty years
  • Founding Co-Director of the Florida Writing Project, an affiliate with the National Writing Project
  • Teacher (grades 6-12) of English, social studies, drama, creative writing, interdisciplinary studies

Amy Murphy, Ph.D.

  • Clinical Professor, College of Education, University of Georgia, Athens
  • Taught  course in Effective Instruction and Classroom Management in Secondary Schools at University of Florida
  • National Board Certified Teacher with over ten years of classroom teaching
  • Master Trainer for the Florida Reading Initiative
  • Presenter at national conferences, demonstration classroom teacher, instructional coach

Network Partners


  • Chicago Public Schools Literacy Project
  • Gateway School District Project, Pennsylvania
  • Jeffco Literacy Project, Jefferson County, Colorado
  • Mesa Literacy Project, Mesa,  Arizona
  • Portland Literacy Project, Portland, Oregon
  • Salisbury Middle School Project, Salisbury, Maryland



  • Florida Joint Center for Citizenship
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools
  • Lake County School District
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools
  • Pasco County Schools
  • Pinellas County Schools
  • PK Yonge Developmental Research School
  • Seminole County Public Schools
  • School District of Clay County
  • St. Lucie County School Board
  • Union County School District


  • Heartland Educational Consortium
  • The North East Florida Educational Consortium
  • Panhandle Area Educational Consortium




  • Tampa Bay Writing Project
  • Glazer & Lorton Writing Institute, University of Miami

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