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Mark Weakland is a consultant, teacher, writer, and musician living in western Pennsylvania. His most recent professional book is How to Prevent Reading Difficulties, Grades PreK-3: Proactive Practices for Teaching Young Children to Read. Mark is the creator of teacher resource books, nationally-presented seminars and workshops on literacy topics, award-winning music projects, and more than 70 books for children. Visit his website ( and YouTube channel (Mark Weakland Literacy); follow him on Twitter @MarkWeakland.

Maria Walther taught first grade for 34 years and now enjoys working alongside educators in their classrooms. She is the author of The Ramped-Up Read Aloud (Corwin, 2019) and Shake Up Shared Reading (Corwin, 2022). She can be reached at

Dr. Joan Lachance is an Associate Professor of Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She directs the TESL graduate programs and undergraduate TESL Minor. She is the co-author of the National Dual Language Education Teacher Preparation Standards and the Director of the CAEP Specialized Program Association in Dual Language Education called “EMMA: Education for a Multilingual Multicultural America.” Her most recent book is Collaboration and Co-Teaching for Dual Language Learners.

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is TESOL professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. She has published extensively on working with English language learners and has been presenting at conferences across the United States and internationally. She is the co-author of Collaboration and Co-Teaching for Dual Language Learners.