Christopher Lehman

Founding Director

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Christopher Lehman is the Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative.

He is an international speaker, education consultant, New York Times best-selling author, and serves with educational nonprofits focused on literacy.

His books include: Falling In Love With Close Reading with Kate RobertsEnergize Research Reading and Writing;Pathways to the Common Core with Lucy Calkins and Mary EhrenworthA Quick Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writersand he is a contributing essayist to Open a World of Possible. He is a regular columnist for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)’s Voices from the Middle peer-reviewed journal and his articles and interviews have appeared in many publications and popular blogs including the International Literacy Association (ILA’s) Reading Today; Education SmartBrief; EdWeek; Choice Literacy; and Talks with Teachers.

Chris has been a middle-school teacher; a high-school teacher; and literacy coach. After which he served as a Senior Staff Developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Now, as Founding Director of the The Educator Collaborative, he is working to innovate the ways educators learn in-person and online, providing opportunities for teachers, coaches, and administrators to share their expertise so students can hold their brightest futures.

He presents regularly at conferences including NCTE, ILA, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), as well as frequent keynotes at state conferences, universities, and school district events around the world.

A graduate of UW-Madison, Chris went on to receive his M.A. in Teaching from NYU, and his Ed.M. in Education Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Chris is Chair of the NCTE Middle Level Section and member of the NCTE governing body, the Executive Committee, where he chaired the Strategic Planning Subcommittee. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Center for Families Learning and serves on their Education Work Group. He is a Booksource Advocate, supporting reading in K-12 classrooms.

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Clients have included

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Columbia University, Rutgers University, Valparaiso University, Furman University, University of Missouri, Hamline University, Cleveland State University, St. John’s University, Brigham Young University, Delaware Department of Education, South Carolina Department of Education, Colorado Council International Reading Association, Wisconsin State Reading Association, North Carolina Reading Association, Illinois Reading Council, South Carolina State Council of the International Reading Association, Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, Virginia State Reading Association, New Mexico International Reading Association, Madison Area Reading Council, Berks County Intermediate Unit, Capitol Region Education Council, Middle East and North Africa Common Core Conference, The Leadership and Learning Center, National Center for Families Learning, Heinemann Professional Development, and Scholastic Professional Development. He has served schools and districts in California, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Taiwan, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates, among others.

Praise for Chris’ work:
“…not only did I learn so much this week, but you made me love teaching again!”
“Our teachers love when you are here. You make them feel they can take risks.”
“This is one of the best days of PD I have ever had, and I have had many!”

Falling in Love With Close Reading cover

Reviving Disengaged Writers

Energize Research Reading and Writingopen-a-world-of-possible

Pathways to the Common Core





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