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Mira-Lisa Katz

Mira-Lisa Katz is Associate Director of the Strategic Literacy Initiative (SLI) at WestEd.

Katz works closely with the SLI Management Team (MT), managing high-visibility research and development projects focused on professional learning and literacy at the secondary and postsecondary level; developing tools for student and teacher learning based on the Reading Apprenticeship instructional and professional development framework; and disseminating research findings.

Prior to joining WestEd, Katz was professor of English at Sonoma State University, where she taught literacy studies, applied linguistics, English education, and literature to pre-service English teachers.

While at SSU, Katz co-authored the California State University (CSU) Expository Reading and Writing Course (ERWC) published by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. This curriculum, recognized by an i3 (Investing in Innovation) grant, is taught in over half of California’s high schools. Katz also has led ERWC professional learning workshops for teachers throughout California.

In addition to presenting her education research internationally, Katz has co-authored book chapters and published peer-reviewed journal articles in Research in the Teaching of English, Linguistics and Education, Canadian Modern Language Review, International Journal of Innovation in Language Teaching, and Leadership Magazine. She edited a volume titled Moving Ideas: Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools, published by Peter Lang in 2013.

A recipient of honors and awards for her education research from the University of California, Berkeley, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the Robert Bowne Foundation, Katz received a BA in French and linguistics from Mills College, graduating summa cum laude, and an MA and PhD in education in language, literacy, and culture from the University of California, Berkeley.