Andrea DeBruin-Parecki is nationally recognized for her work in the field of family literacy. She developed the Adult Child Interactive Reading Inventory (ACIRI), a reliable and valid tool that measures the interactive reading skills of an adult and a child during storybook reading (available from Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co.). She has designed family literacy programs and has acted as a consultant across the country. In addition to the ACIRI, she created the Early Literacy Skills Assessment, a comprehensive, reliable, and valid tool in the form of a children's storybook that measures phonological awareness, the alphabetic principle, comprehension, and concepts about print. She has expertise in the areas of emergent literacy, assessment, literacy within at-risk and minority populations, and the motivation of at-risk populations. She was a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Guatemala. Her work related to literacy development in young children and families has been published and presented at national, regional, and state conferences. Susan B. Neuman, Ed.D., is a professor in educational studies specializing in early literacy development. Previously, she directed the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. Her research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction from prekindergarten to Grade 3. In her role as Assistant Secretary, she established the Reading First program and the Early Reading First program and was responsible for the implementation of all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act. "
"Effective literacy practices come to life with this engaging book full of practical, research-based ideas." -- Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D. "An important, timely, and accessible text on emergent literacy development and the contexts that support young children's earliest literacy accomplishments." --Laura Justice, Ph.D. "Effective literacy practices come to life with this engaging book full of practical, research-based ideas." --Angela Notari-Syverson, Ph.D."Washington Research Institute" (10/05/2007) "Provides an important link between research and practice . . . demonstrate[s] effective practices in action and give[s] a developmental perspective on the beginning stages of literacy." --Diane Haager, Ph.D."Professor, California State University, Los Angeles" (09/13/2007)