The Author: Brett Elizabeth Blake is Associate Chair of the Department of Early Childhood, Childhood and Adolescent Education
at St. John’s University in New York City. She holds an M.A. in linguistics from Northwestern University and a Ph.D. in curriculum
and instruction from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Blake has written extensively about the challenges urban adolescents
face in their literacy learning, including two books: She Say, He Say: Urban Girls Write Their Lives (1997) and Literacy
Learning: A Reference Handbook (2002) with her father, Robert W. Blake, Professor Emeritus, State University of New York.
Brett Blake continues to work in the public schools as a consultant with the Educational Alliance at Brown University’s field
office in New York City, where she works with teachers and students to seek ways in which literacy learning can be rewarding,
successful, and equitable for all.