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Dr. Kevin Feldman and Dr. Kate Kinsella

teacher photoDr. Kevin Feldman is the Director of Reading and Early Intervention with the Sonoma County Office of Education (SCOE). His career in education spans 32 years. As the Director of Reading and Early Intervention for SCOE he develops, organizes, and monitors programs related to PreK–12 literacy and the prevention of reading difficulties. He also serves as a Leadership Team Consultant to the California Reading and Literature Project and assists in the development and implementation of PreK–12 programs throughout California and across the nation.

Dr. Feldman's primary focus is on literacy. His major contributions are in the areas of assisting older struggling readers, preventing reading failure, linking assessment to instruction, developing school-wide reading support models, differentiating instruction to meet the full range of learners, and accommodating and accelerating EL/Special Education and other high risk students. Dr. Feldman serves as a consultant to the California Reading & Literature Project, PreK–12, CalSTAT Statewide Special Education Reform Project, and a number of state and national literacy organizations. Dr. Feldman is a lead program consultant for the 2002 Prentice Hall Literature series Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes.

Kate Kinsella, (Ed.D., Second Language Acquisition; MA, Teaching English as a Second Language) is a faculty member in the Department of Secondary Education at San Francisco State University. A specialist in second language acquisition and adolescent reading and writing, Dr. Kinsella teaches graduate coursework addressing academic language and literacy development across the secondary curricula. Prior to becoming a teacher educator, she taught English as a second language and French at an inner-city high school in San Diego, then directed San Francisco State University's Freshman Intensive English Program for first-generation bilingual college students. She later directed San Francisco State University's Learning Assistance Center, and received numerous grants to conduct faculty development for California State University colleagues, challenged by the complexities of serving an increasingly linguistically and culturally diverse undergraduate student population. Dr. Kinsella maintains active secondary classroom involvement by teaching an academic literacy class for college-bound bilingual youths at Sequoia High School in Redwood City through the University's Step to College program.

Dr. Kinsella is a former Fulbright lecturer on second language acquisition in Italy and a perennial institute leader for the International Association of Teachers of ESL (TESOL), California TESOL (CATESOL), and the California Reading Association, Dr. Kinsella provides consultancy and professional development, both within the U.S. and internationally, on topics ranging from learning style enhancement to second language reading. She has also led summer institutes on schoolwide literacy reform sponsored by the California League of High Schools and Middle Schools. Her scholarship in the fields of learning styles and second language literacy has been published in journals such as the TESOL Journal, the CATESOL Journal, and the Social Studies Review. Dr. Kinsella is the program director of Reading in the Content Areas: Strategies for Reading Success, published by Globe Fearon and a lead program consultant for the 2002 Prentice Hall Literature series Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes. She is also the new editor of the CATESOL Journal (CA Association of Teachers of ESL).

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