Remembering Roz

We are saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Dr. Rozlyn Linder. A letter from our community on her passing can be read on our blog (click here).

We are sharing videos of Roz in action from our archives. We wanted to put these all in one place for you to share her wit, joy, and love for teaching and learning. It can give you a chance to spend a little time with Roz, when you need it.

We miss you deeply, friend.

Videos of Roz in Action

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Roz leading a Gathering session with her husband, Chris Howard Linder

Roz leading a Gathering session with her close friend, Sarah Klein


Roz leading a Study Series session* with Christopher Lehman

*This session formerly required a fee, however we are now making public for viewing. Note the “Related Resources” and “upcoming sessions” are no longer available.

Roz leading a Gathering session with Kelli Sowerbrower



More about Dr. Roz Linder


Dr. Rozlyn Linder became a nationally recognized expert in elementary and middle school literacy instruction.

Her career spanned being a literacy consultant, author, and engaging educator with experience from elementary through college level. Rozlyn spent over a decade teaching in urban, high poverty elementary schools before becoming an elementary school administrator. She also worked as a curriculum coach, high school literature and humanities teacher, and has spent six years teaching graduate education courses on the college level. Dr. Linder gained certification to teach Special Education, K-12 Reading, Advanced Placement English Composition, Early Childhood Education, and Middle School Language Arts.

Dr. Roz is the author of popular books for educators, including Chart Sense, K-2 Chart Sense, Chart Sense for Writing, The Common Core Guidebook: Informational Text Lessons, 6-8 and 3-5 and The Big Book of Details, which supports students and teachers in carefully using details to elaborate effectively in their writing.

An avid researcher, Dr. Linder focused her studies on effective strategies to engage reluctant writers, the role of explicit modeling, and literacy strategies for struggling readers.

An alumni of Clark Atlanta University (BA in Early Childhood Education), Dr. Roz is a graduate of Kennesaw State University (MA in Professional Writing), the University of West Georgia (Ed.S. in Instructional Technology), and Mercer University (Ph.D. in Educational Leadership).

She became an active member of the National Council of Teachers of English, an alumni of the National Writing Project, and a frequent presenter and keynote speaker across the nation. She presented professional development webinars, provided on-site consulting, and modeled lessons with young readers and writers.

Through her work with teachers and students, Dr. Roz built connections between abstract concepts and common sense thinking that students and educators can embrace and connect with. Her work was colored with her belief that literacy should honor varied learning styles, background knowledge, and serve as a bridge to new knowledge and new experiences.

You can learn more about Dr. Roz and read her blog at, on twitter @rozlinder, and on