Bill Honig is a founder of CORE, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction of California, former chair and vice-chair of the California Instructional Quality Commission, and author of Teaching Our Children to Read: The Role of Skills in a Comprehensive Reading Program. He currently blogs on his website Building Better Schools.

Linda Diamond is a founder of CORE; a national speaker on literacy, leadership, assessment, and English-language learners; a former school principal and director of instruction; author of the middle-school supplemental vocabulary intervention program Word Intelligence; co-author of Assessing Reading: Multiple Measures and the Vocabulary Handbook; and author of numerous professional articles.

Linda Gutlohn is a developer, editor, and writer of literacy products and grant proposals. She is co-author of the Vocabulary Handbook and Word ID: Assessment Across the Content Areas and president of phonicFinder, software and services for analyzing text decodability.

CORE (Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education) is a trusted implementation and professional learning organization that works collaboratively with school districts, state agencies, and individual Pre-K–12 school sites to provide effective, research-based literacy and math support to improve the achievement of all students.

Contributing Authors

Carrie L. Cole, President, Side-by-Side Educational Consulting

Pamela Beard El-Dinary

Roxanne F. Hudson, Professor, University of Washington, College of Education

Holly B. Lane, Associate Professor and Director, School of Special Education, University of Florida; Coordinator of the University of Florida Literacy Initiative

Jacalyn Mahler, Learning Resource Developer

Paige C. Pullen, Chief Academic Officer, Lastinger Center for Learning, College of Education, University of Florida