Salli Forbes is Associate Professor of Literacy Education at the University of Northern Iowa. She is the Director of the Richard O. Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy and the Reading Recovery Program of Iowa. She is dedicated to the vision that all children can achieve high levels of literacy competency through a comprehensive approach to instruction and intensive, high quality intervention instruction for the students who are not able to learn from classroom instruction alone. Salli is committed to educational improvement through high quality professional development for teachers. Her research interests include teaching and assessing fluency, student engagement and motivation, and educational change. Her newest book, in collaboration with colleagues, Linda Dorn, Mary Ann Poparad, & Barbara Schubert, is Changing Minds, Changing Schools, Changing Systems: A Comprehensive Literacy Design for School Improvement (2015), from Hameray Publishing. She is President Elect of the Reading Recovery North American Trainers Group and is the former President of the Reading Recovery Council of North America.
Deb is the Assistant Director of the Jacobson Center for Comprehensive Literacy and is a Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy University Trainer. She has experience in education serving as a principal, Area Education Agency K-12 literacy consultant, K-12 district curriculum coordinator, K-6 district language arts coordinator, building reading specialist, Reading Recovery and classroom teacher. She wrote curriculum for the Iowa Department of Education and has taught University courses in assessment and evaluation of literacy, leadership in literacy, curriculum development, reading methods, emergent literacy, and language development. Her research interests include classroom discourse, vocabulary development (including academic language), and the integration of literacy and mathematics. Deb has published for ASCD on the topic of leading change initiatives. She currently serves on the Reading Recovery Council of North America national conference committee, president of the AEA 267 Board of Directors, and a member of the Executive Board of Directors for the Iowa Association for Area Education Agencies.