Biography of Lori Oczkus
Lori Oczkus is a literacy coach, author, and popular speaker across the United States. Tens of thousands of teachers have attended her motivating, fast paced workshops and read her practical, research-based professional books. Lori has extensive experience as a bilingual elementary teacher, intervention specialist working with struggling readers, and staff developer and literacy coach. She works with students every week in classrooms and really knows the challenges that teachers face in teaching students to read!
Lori's two best selling books on comprehension have been featured in the Reading Teacher journal. Reciprocal Teaching at Work: Strategies for Improving Reading Comprehension (IRA, 2003 book of the month, Oct.) and is endorsed by noted reading expert, Tim Rasinski. Her video/DVD (IRA, 2005) won the prestigious Association of Educational Publishers (AEP) Video of the Year award in 2006.
P. David Pearson says that Lori's second book, "Super Six Comprehension Strategies: 35 Lessons and More for Reading Success" (Christopher Gordon, 2004) is "a marvelous book for teachers... the right book at the right time." (from the foreword)
Lori's latest book on comprehension, "Interactive Think Alouds: 25 Ways to Engage Students and Improve Comprehension" (to be released in Feb. 09) provides teachers with exciting NEW lessons and tools including gestures, props, posters, and a DVD for helping students comprehend.
Researcher Cathy Collins Block says, "Lori Oczkus is the master at translating the latest, research-based practices into daily lessons that every teacher can immediately implement!"
Lori's book, Guided Writing: Practical Lessons, Powerful Results (Heinemann, 07) focuses on bringing voice and personality to student writing while scaffolding writing for success.
Lori resides in Northern California with her husband, Mark and their three children. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling anywhere by any means, reading historical fiction, walking with friends, and occasionally scuba diving!