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Dr. Sharon Walpole is director of UD’s Professional Development Center for Educators and professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Dr. Walpole designs and studies the effects of professional development on instruction and achievement. She works with literacy coaches, reading specialists, and administrators to build schoolwide systems to support teachers, especially those working for children at risk. She has extensive school-based experience designing and implementing tiered instructional programs. She is the author of an open-access English Language Arts curriculum, Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing and 2018 recipient of the Jerry Johns Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading award from International Literacy Association.