Sandra K. Athans

Sandra K. Athans is a National Board Certified practicing Literacy Specialist with 20 years of classroom teaching experience, a featured speaker, and a book author. She has written at every level, from early educational nonfiction (Your Space and My Space), through award-winning middle grade nonfiction (Secrets of the Sky Caves), to teacher’s resource books for Scholastic. As a result of Sandra’s expert knowledge of academic Learning Standards, she has worked on hundreds of large projects with Educational Publishers like Rosen, Benchmark, Rourke, Six Red Marbles, Straive and others. She’s written teacher materials (lesson plans & teacher guides) and student materials (reader’s theater skits, early readers, reading/writing instructional lessons & nonfiction). She is a former Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

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Equity & Inclusion in Kidlit

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