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Laura Stewart

Laura Stewart is an educator and organizational leader. She has served as a classroom teacher, building and district administrator, adjunct professor, and director of numerous professional development initiatives around the country, including directing the Reading First initiative in the state of Wisconsin. She also served as the Vice President of Professional Development for both Rowland Reading Foundation and Zaner-Bloser.

In her current position as the Chief Academic Officer for Professional Development at the Highlights Education Group, she works across companies to support high-quality professional development which will empower educators and positively impact children’s lives. She presents nationally and internationally and has written for numerous organizations and publications; she recently co-authored The Everything Guide to Informational Text K-2; Best Texts, Best Practices.

Laura on the advisory board of the International Foundation of Effective Reading Instruction. She also serves on the Illinois governor’s Task Force for At-Risk Youth. Laura is a certified LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) trainer.