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State Literacy Plan Team

Information regarding the Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program State Literacy Plan team.

A State Literacy Plan (SLP) team, selected through a formal application process, met virtually on March 23–24, 2020, and August 19–20, 2020, to respond to the draft SLP and provide additional recommendations as part of the Comprehensive Literacy State Development grant. The SLP team convenings were hosted by the California Department of Education and facilitated by staff from the Region 15 Comprehensive Center at WestEd.

State Literacy Plan Team Members

The following is a list of SLP team members and their organizations.

Name Employer Position

Jessica Bammerlin

Yreka Union Elementary School District

Resource Teacher

Tina Cheuk

California Polytechnic State University

Assistant Professor in Elementary Science Education

Carol Connor

University of California, Irvine

Chancellor’s Professor and Director for the Center for Creating Opportunities through Education

Deborah Costa-Hernandez

California Subject Matter Project

Executive Director, California Reading and Literature Project

Nancy Cushen-White

University of California, San Francisco Dyslexia Research Center

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics

Sydney Dion

Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District

District Literacy Instruction and Design Coach

Tammy Duggan

Thermalito Union Elementary School District

District Reading Specialist/Instructional Coach

Jennifer Elemen

Monterey County Office of Education

Educational Administrator, Language & Literacy, History-Social Science-Civics

Barbara Flores

California State University, San Bernardino

Professor Emerita

Marlene Fong

California Teachers Association

Coordinator, Instructional Leadership Corps

Kathy Futterman

California State University, East Bay

Adjunct Faculty for the Departments of Educational Psychology & Teacher Education

Margaret Goldberg

Oakland Unified School District

Early Literacy Lead

Roni Jones

California Collaborative for Educational Excellence

Senior Manager for System of Support

Elizabeth Kaufman

Sonoma Valley Unified School District

Associate Superintendent, Educational Services

Gwenn Lei

San Mateo County Office of Education

Coordinator, Reading Language Arts/History-Social Science

Lorena Lopez

Azusa Unified School District


Andrea Marks

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Accountability

Dana McVey

First 5 California

Child Development Consultant

Robin Mencher


Executive Director, Education

Edward “Alex” Mertens

Fresno Unified School District


Mindy Montanio

Kern High School District

Teacher on Special Assignment

Michelle Nieto

San Diego Unified School District


Melissa Pattullo

Huntington Beach Union High School District

District Literacy Specialist

David Pearson

UC Berkeley

Evelyn Lois Corey Emeritus Professor of Instructional Science

Lucy Pearson-Edwards

California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, Napa County Office of Education

Director of Continuous Improvement and Academic Support

Roxann Purdue

California Commission on Teacher Credentialing


Alicia Raygoza

Mountain View School District

Early Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment

Michelle Rodriguez

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Superintendent of Schools

Nancy Rogers-Zegarra

California Reading Association and St. Mary’s College

Editor for The California Reader and Teacher Leader at St. Mary’s College

Jeanne Sesky

Anaheim Union High School District

Literacy Specialist

Rebecca Silverman

Stanford University

Associate Professor

Pam Spycher


Project Director

Ilene Straus

California State Board of Education

Vice President

Becky Sullivan

Sacramento County Office of Education

Director, K–12 English Language Arts

Amanda Turkie

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

District Librarian

Laurie Virtusio

Beverly Hills Unified School District

K–5 EL Coordinator and Teacher on Special Assignment English Language Development

Lauren Walsh

Las Virgenes Unified School District

Language and Literacy Coach

Kareem Weaver

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Director of the Education Committee

Dale Webster

Consortium on Reaching Excellence in Education

Chief Academic Officer

Maryanne Wolf

University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice


Leslie Zoroya

Los Angeles County Office of Education

Reading/Language Arts Coordinator III

State Literacy Plan Team Materials

  • March 2020
  • August 2020

Presentation materials for both of these events have been archived. To receive a copy, email the CLSD team at

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Last Reviewed: Friday, May 05, 2023