Kylene BeersKylene is an award-winning educator and is the author of When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do; Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading; Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice; and Elements of Literature, the literature textbook read by the majority of middle school and high school students across the US.  She began her teaching career in 1979 in the Alief School District, outside of Houston. Texas.  Since then, she has become an internationally-known and respected authority in literacy education.  Kylene works tirelessly to help parents, teachers, and national policy makers understand how to best help struggling readers.

In 2008-2009, she served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English and in 2011 she received an NCTE Leadership Award.  She has served as a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Education Committee, was the editor of the national literacy journal Voices from the Middle, taught in the College of Education at the University of Houston, held a reading research position in the Comer School Development Program at Yale University School of Medicine, and has most recently served as the Senior Reading Advisor to the Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University.

In late March 2010, Kylene was diagnosed with two different types of breast cancer.  She underwent a bilateral mastectomy in early April of that year.  Since then, she’s become a vegetarian, found a Chinese massage therapist, finished writing another book and started yet another, given over a 500 speeches, called her twenty-something-old children one zillion times, convinced her husband that Sonoma wines are more healing when sipped in Sonoma, taken up marathon running (well, she’s read Born to Run and bought the right shoes), and discovered the joys of growing tomatoes and sometimes remembering to post on her blog.


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  1. Dear Kylene,

    Imagine my surprise as I perused the text of one of my new classes when I found an old friend there offering sage advice! Your picture jumped out at me before your name on the article did. “That’s Kylene! I know this woman!” I was so pleased to see you there and have read and re-read the article many times.

    I remember the days you were in grad school and we were all attending Trinity Episcopal Church on Main. Alexis was your ‘right hand gal’ in those days, as I recall. If memory serves, wasn’t Brad on the vestry when Wayland was sent off to seminary? Or, was that you?

    I’ve been teaching a little over 20 years now. It’s been a long haul (being in the classroom) all these years, yet then again the years seem to continue to fly right on by.

    I would love to contact you and ‘chat’ in a little more personal arena. I am attaching my email address here in hopes that I will hear from you soon!

    Blessings to you and the family!

    Janet Coe

  2. Dear Ms. Beers,

    I tried to reach you at kbeers@prodigy.net, but was unable to do so, and as I am not a member of Twitter, it seemed the best alternative to post here. I’m sorry if you find it bothersome. I am an undergraduate student studying Secondary English Education and Special Education, and I am simply wondering how to properly cite (in APA format) Sue Perona’s pre-reading strategy, “Tea Party,” which you discuss in your book, When Kid’s Can’t Read. I did not see a specific citation for this strategy in the references section of the book, and I simply want to give credit accurately. I am planning to present this strategy in one of my university courses, but I must know first how to correctly document it.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Quite honestly, I think your book is absolutely brilliant. I have used many of the strategies you describe, and many students with whom I have worked have achieved much as a result (besides, they find many of the strategies interactive, fun, and different!).

    Again, thank you.


    Anna Hewitt

  3. Kylene,

    Good afternoon! My name is Craig Sherman, and I am with AEI Speakers Bureau in Boston. I hope this message finds you well. I’m writing to you today to ask you about your availability for a speaking engagement on behalf of a client. Here are some details:

    Client: Desoto County Schools
    City: Hernando, MS
    Date: June 3, 2013
    Event: Common Core Symposium on Language Arts
    Time: Five hours of keynote plus workshops
    Fee: $4,000 inclusive of travel

    This is an inquiry at present, but would you be able to let me know please if this is something you’d be available for an interested in?

    I look forward to hearing back from you very soon.

    Thank you very much,
    Craig Sherman
    Vice President
    AEI Speakers Bureau
    214 Lincoln St., Suite 113
    Allston, MA 02134
    (617) 782-3111

  4. Hi Kylene,

    Hope you’re doing well! I am interested learning about your presentations and possibly setting up a date in the future for you to do a workshop. If I could get some contact information, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you for your time!

    Hope to hear from you soon!

    Thank you,
    Laura Kreeger

  5. Ms. Beers,

    We are interested in you coming to present to our district July 17, 2013. Please let me know if this is a possibility for you. We would love to have you!

    Monica McFarlin
    Santa Fe South Schools, Inc.

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  7. Kylene,

    As president of the Kansas Reading Association, we would like to begin a book study for the 2013-2014 school year, with the intent that the author presents at the 2014 October 9 and 10 conference. I would like to ask if you would be available and if we may read your book. Please contact me at donita@ku.edu as soon as possible.

    Thank you,

    Donita Shaw, Ph.D.
    Kansas Reading Association President 2012-2013

  8. Hello Kylene,
    Hope you are doing well… I have met you & Bob several times at our Common Core Confernces & Institutes. I work with Kevin at the Common Core Institute & Center for College & Career Readiness.
    I have a request for you & Bob. I think you are going to love it.
    I am in Santo Domingo working with 8 private schools who are all going through Leader & Teacher CC Certification. I would love to host a mini conference on literacy and specifically close reading here in Santo Domingo.
    I know this is short notice, but they are looking at Saturday, October 5,12, or 19 as first choices.
    I would love to discuss this with you and Bob. You can either send me your direct email or cell phone or call me directly at 770-630-5640 or email me directly at fran.abee@gmail.com.
    This would be phenomenal for these teachers and their students. Can’t wait to discuss with you- the sooner the better.
    Of course, we would make it a fun trip. Maybe drive over to Punta Cana after the meeting for the weekend.
    Looking forward to hearing from you!
    Take care, Fran

  9. My district just encouraged us to use the Notice an Note signposts with our first graders. Although I used the signposts with upper graders and loved it, I don’t know how useful it is with the little guys. Although I certainly can read aloud books and talk about the signposts, first graders generally won’t be able to go back and find these signposts in their own books. What are your thoughts on this?

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  12. Hello Kylene!! I don’t know if you remember me, I have certainly thought of you fondly over the years and your work with the staff in Katy ISD in Texas. I have spread your strategies all over the globe since our work together with OANE in Katy. Life has taken me to so many places since Katy and one of those places was home, here to Michigan. I am back in the classroom after 10 years of “retirement” (long story involving living in a cloud forest in Colombia, Mexico City and other adventures) and I am teaching 7th grade in a two way dual language school with the Holland Public School District on the shores of Lake Michigan. The other day my coworker and I began discussing reading strategies and she began telling me about this book she was introduced to at a reading workshop. She was so excited and ran to her room to get it. I was absolutely thrilled to see your book!!!! I said, ‘Oh my God, it’s Kylene!!” I hugged your book with your beautiful smiling face on the cover!! It was like running into a lost friend!! I have been using and introducing many of your strategies to her as we both share students. She is so excited about your book and I am going to buy all of them when I get my next paycheck!! I am ecstatic about introducing my students to your strategies!!
    You are a gift to educators everywhere and I am so happy to see the work you continue to do for students around the globe!! Bless you, my friend!! Remembering you fondly, sending hugs from Holland, and looking forward to reading your books!! Can’t wait!!

    • P.S. Congratulations on all of your awards and books you have published!! It is an honor to have learned so much from you. Please know you have touched my students’ lives and it is because of you that they are all lovers of reading!! Hugs!!

  13. Dear Kylene,
    A few years ago, we (my school division- Prairie Spirit in Saskatchewan, Canada) organized a 3 day professional learning event we have called our summer literacy institute.  We created these to be different than a conference where you may hear a variety of speakers in different sessions, to instead be about 2 or 3 featured speakers who we spend 2 or 3 days with the goal of extending our own learning.
    In our first year, we had Debbie Miller, Patrick Allen and Penny Kittle join us for three days.  We organized this one by having each speaker do a keynote for the entire audience on one of the three mornings.  The afternoon then had participants extending the morning thinking in a smaller group with one of the three speakers.  Participants heard the keynotes in the mornings, but spent the afternoons with the same speaker for the three days.  
    I retired in June of 2016 but recognizing the importance of events like this have continued to plan summer institutes.  This year we had Penny Kittle and Kelly Gallagher coming to spend three days with us in July with a similar format, however participants spent all three days with Penny & Kelly.
    I have arranged for Ralph Fletcher and Georgia Heard to join us in July 2018, and am now starting to plan for 2019..  Would you be interested in participating in a summer institute like this either in June or July of 2019 or 2020?  (If so, are there dates you may have available at this point.)
    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Karen Campbell
    (306) 716-5102

  14. Dear Kylene,

    I hope you are feeling well. It is obvious that you are a real fighter and that you will not let this illness keep you down for long. I wanted to reach out to you about a speaking engagement at our school. Please let me know how best to contact you to discuss this further. We are located in New Jersey.

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