Michael F. Opitz, a former elementary school teacher and reading specialist, is a professor of elementary education and reading at the University of Northern Colorado and the winner of its Outstanding Scholar Award in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. He works in classrooms in the U.S. and abroad planning, teaching, and evaluating demonstration lessons focused on different aspects of literacy in K5 classrooms. He is the author of numerous books including Read Don’t Speed, Good-bye Round Robin, and Reaching Readers.
Jennifer Davis-Duerr is a doctoral candidate at the University of Northern Colorado where she applies her experience as a former elementary literacy coach and special educator to her teaching of preservice elementary and secondary teachers. Her current research interests are in the affective domain of reading and teacher preparation.