Cathy Collins Block, PhD, is Professor of Education at Texas Christian University (TCU). She has taught every grade level, from preschool to graduate school, frequently consults to school districts in the United States and internationally, and has published more than 250 articles, book chapters, and books. Dr. Block has served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Reading Conference, Literacy First, and many other organizations. Her contributions have been recognized with awards including the TCU Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and Scholarship, the Paul A. Witty Award for Meritorious Service from the IRA, and the IRA's Literacy Award.
John N. Mangieri, PhD, is Executive Director of the Institute for Literacy Enhancement in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has served as the Chairman of the Reading Department at the University of South Carolina, as Dean of the School of Education at Texas Christian University, and as a university president. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Mangieri is the author or coauthor of 88 professional articles and 15 books. He has served as a member of the Classroom Management Committee of the International Reading Association and was the reading representative on the U.S. Office of Education's National Task Force on Urban Education. Dr. Mangieri has served as a consultant to more than 100 school districts in 21 states.