Author & Consultant Team
Benchmark Advance authors and consultants are pedagogical leaders and instructional innovators. Their work is grounded in real-world classroom practice.
The program is supported by comprehensive professional development solutions delivered by highly qualified trainers—experts in comprehensive literacy. Our PD solutions are customizable and delivered in formats tailored to your school's needs.
Reading specialist, curriculum developer, Title I teacher, staff developer, and Title I District Coordinator
Senior researcher at Stanford University; co-director of the Academic Language Development Network, focusing on accelerating students’ literacy, language, cognition, and conversation skills
Director of a center focused on early literacy intervention at Saint Mary’s College of California; former president, California Reading Association; served on International Literacy Association’s Board of Directors
Early reading specialist, children’s book author, curriculum developer, and author of many professional books on phonics and word study
Literacy and school leadership consultant; administrator coach; and former teacher, principal, and deputy superintendent in large urban district
Assistant Professor of Elementary Education, San José State University – English Learner Leadership Fellow, California Association of Bilingual Educators
Professional development specialist, prolific writer, consultant, presenter, and author of professional books on writing
Silvia Dorta-Duque de Reyes,
2018 NABE Leadership Award winner, member of the Expert Panel – California English Language Development (ELD) Standards, Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee
Professor of Reading in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership at the University of Maryland
Michael Priestley, M.A.
Professional writer and editor; designer and developer of state and national assessments
Professor Emeritus of Music Education at the University of Cincinnati; nationally and internationally recognized for multicultural and urban music education