Pamela Fong focuses on issues of literacy, school reform, college readiness, and Common Core State Standards in her qualitative research and content development at WestEd. As a professional developer for the Strategic Literacy Initiative at WestEd, Pamela developed modules and led professional development on Reading Apprenticeship, a framework and research-based pedagogical approach for teaching literacy in middle and high school content-area classrooms. Prior to WestEd, she taught curriculum and instruction at the University of San Francisco, academic reading and writing at the University of California at Berkeley, and high school English.
Kim Austin develops research-based content bridging research and instructional practice for the Doing What Works project. For the past three years she has developed and facilitated online courses for charter school teachers focused on secondary reading. Prior to joining WestEd, Kim developed video cases and courses on learning theory and instruction, supported teachers in creating communities of learning in their classrooms, and facilitated Reciprocal Teaching reading groups in elementary school.