Rita A. Moore , a former Title I reading teacher and high school language arts teacher, is a professor of education and associate dean at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She and her colleague Victoria N. Seeger have worked continuously together since 2001 on research including professional development schools, classroom research for teachers, and RMA, from which they have coauthored several articles. In addition to Reading Conversations: RMA with Struggling Readers Grades 4-12 (2005), coauthored with Carol Gilles, Moore has written Classroom Research for Teachers: A Practical Guide (2004) and has published over 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics related to literacy education and the preparation of preservice teachers.nbsp; Moore nbsp;holds a master's degree in reading from Southwest Missouri University and a PhD in literacy education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is dedicated to the notion that the integral and often seamless connectivity between language and literacy defines us as human beings and empowers us as learners.
Carol Gilles is Associate Professor of Reading and Language Arts at the University of MissouriColumbia. A former 20-year classroom and special-needs teacher, she is currently interested in struggling readers, childrens literature, and examining talk as a vehicle for deeper learning.