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Franki Sibberson

Franki Sibberson is a long-time classroom teacher, having taught elementary students in Dublin, Ohio for over 30 years. She is a thought leader in literacy, with specific focus on literacy workshop, student agency, readers in grades 3-6, and digital literacy. Franki is past president of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), having served as president in 2018-2019. She has co-authored numerous publications and books including Beyond Leveled Books (Stenhouse), Still Learning to Read (Stenhouse), Day-to-Day Assessment in the Reading Workshop (Scholastic), and Digital Reading: What’s Essential? (NCTE). Franki holds Masters and Bachelor degrees in reading from Bowling Green State University, OH. Franki currently serves as the Director of the NUDL Institute for Professional Learning for SproutFive. She also provides leadership and consulting to schools and nonprofits, supporting both local and national literacy initiatives.

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