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In 1986, Tom completed his B.S. degree at Southern Utah State College, now Southern Utah University, in Cedar City, Utah. His first teaching assignment was at Arrowview Middle School in San Bernardino, California. After teaching in Southern California for twenty years, he started work on his Ed. D. in teaching and learning, literacy concentration.

His recent interests include using primary sources to help students understand how history is written and how events were understood by people on the scene at the time. He also is interested in finding methods to improve how technology can improve education for students in K-12 public schools. In part, this means a new approach toward what counts as literacy in the 21st century. Read his article in Reading Online.

Just out is Learning to Predict and Predicting to Learn: Cognitive Strategies and Instructional Routines by Wolsey and Fisher. Click here for more on this book at Also read Literacy Growth for Every Child: Differentiated Small-group Instruction K-6 by Lapp, Fisher, and Wolsey