Kylene 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 cancer, one in each breast. She underwent a bilateral mastectomy in early April. Since then, she’s become a vegetarian, found a Chinese massage therapist, finished writing another book, given over a 100 speeches, called her college-age 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 lingering over new lipstick colors, growing tomatoes, and smelling all the roses.