J. David Cooper is a literacy consultant. He was formerly a Professor and the Director of Reading at Ball State University in Indiana. Prior to that, Cooper taught elementary and secondary school. Michael D. Robinson is currently a Curriculum Support Specialist in Curriculum & Instruction, Language Arts/Reading for Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Miami, Florida. Previously, he worked as a Title I Coordinator in Marion Community Schools, Marion, Indiana, where he developed programming for low-performing elementary students. Nancy D. Kiger taught reading, language arts, and children’s literature courses and supervised student teachers. Before her death in 2009, she was a writer and editor for educational publishers.
Taffy E. Raphael, creator of the Question Answer Relationships (QAR) framework, has researched teaching QAR comprehension strategies since the 1980s. She is a member of the faculty in Literacy Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago and has written numerous research articles and books, including QAR Now (Scholastic, 2006), which she coauthored with Kathryn Au.Kathryn H. Au, who served as president of the International Reading Association from 20092010, is an educational consultant and former professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She has published widely on the topic of literacy instruction and diversity, including Multicultural Issues and Literacy Achievement (Erlbaum). Coauthor of QAR Now, her current work focuses on school change that improves student achievement.
Nancy D. Kiger (Ed.D., Ball State University) has more than 40 years of experience in education. She is retired from the College of Education at the University of Central Florida, where for 15 years she taught courses in reading, language arts, and children's literature as well as supervised student teachers. She also taught at universities in Indiana and Missouri. She began teaching as an elementary classroom teacher; later she taught reading at the elementary and middle-school levels in Indiana. She has been a writer and editor of literacy materials for over 25 years.