Dr. Strickland serves on the Senior Advisory Council for the Center for Effective School Practices (CESP). She is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education, Emerita, at Rutgers University. Dr. Strickland is also a Distinguished Fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research at Rutgers University. A former classroom teacher, reading consultant, and learning disabilities specialist, she is a past president of both the International Reading Association (IRA) and the Reading Hall of Fame. She received IRA’s Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award. She was the recipient of the National Council of Teachers of English Award as Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts and the National Louis University Ferguson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Early Childhood Education. She was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Teacher Education. She was a member of the National Early Literacy Panel that produced Becoming a Nation of Readers, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children, and Reading for Understanding (also known as the RAND Report). She served on the Validation Committee for the Common Core State Standards initiative and currently serves as a member of the Content Technical Working Group for English Language Literacy for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). She is a member of the New Jersey State Board of Education. Her latest publications include Teaching Phonics Today, Essential Readings on Early Literacy, The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs, and Learning about Print in Preschool Settings.