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Nancy Akhavan is Assistant Professor in the department of Educational Research and Administration at California State University, Fresno. Previously, she was Assistant Superintendent of School Leadership for Middle Schools in Fresno Unified School District, a large urban district in California's Central Valley. She has worked as a district staff developer, principal, elementary school bilingual teacher, bilingual resource teacher, and professional development coordinator for over twenty years. Dr. Akhavan is passionate about providing a high quality education for all children through authentic, purposeful instruction. She has provided staff development training to teachers grades K-12 on topics as literacy, vocabulary development, writing, English Language Development, standards based instruction, coaching and leadership. She also has provided training to teacher leaders and administrators in systems and culture change, school reform, and classroom based professional development. In addition to her work in classrooms and schools, she has written a number of professional books, including the Heinemann titles Teaching Reading in a Title I School, K-3; Teaching Writing in a Title I School, K-3; Help! All My Students Don't Speak English: How to Set Up a Language Workshop in Your Linguistically Diverse Classroom; and How to Align Literacy Instruction, Assessment, and Standards and Achieve Results You Never Dreamed Possible. Nancy Akhavan is Heinemann Professional Development provider.


"During this time How To Align Literacy Instruction, Assessment, and Standards is an important reminder of what's truly essential in creating a school wide literate community. Using the standards as her foundation, Nancy Akhavan teaches us not only how to triumph with the standards but how to transform a faltering school into a thriving reading and writing community. This book is much more than a "how-to" book on implementing the standards in the classroom; instead it's really about the art of teaching reading and writing."-Georgia Heard, Author of Writing Toward Home, Awakening the Heart, and The Revision Toolbox
"Nancy Akhavan provides a brilliant demonstration of the power of classroom teachers to turn an under-achieving school into one of the best public education has to offer."-Lucy Calkins, Author of The Art of Teaching Writing
"How To Align Literacy Instruction, Assessment, and Standards is a precise blend of research and practice. Nancy Akhavan has created practical hands-on ideas using a real school, real kids, and real life situations. This text is an invaluable guidebook to help you create an environment where learning for understanding becomes the norm for children and adults."-Jan Duke, Ed.D., BER National Presenter, Milken Educator, California Teacher of the Year

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