Diane M. Barone, EdD, is Professor of Literacy at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she teaches courses in literacy and qualitative research methods and conducts research on young children’s literacy development and instruction in high-poverty schools. She has directed two longitudinal studies of literacy development: a 4-year study of children prenatally exposed to crack/cocaine, and a 7-year study of children, predominantly English language learners, in a high-poverty school. Dr. Barone has published numerous articles and book chapters as well as several books. She served as Editor of Reading Research Quarterly for 8 years and is currently a board member of the International Reading Association. In addition, Dr. Barone is the principal investigator of the Reading First grant in Nevada.
Shelley Hong Xu, EdD, is Professor of Teacher Education at the California State University, Long Beach, where she teaches literacy courses in a graduate reading program and a teaching credential program. She previously taught English as a foreign language and as a second language. Dr. Xu’s research includes preparing teachers for teaching English language learners and integrating multimedia texts into literacy curriculum. Dr. Xu has published articles and book chapters and is the coauthor of two previous books.