About the Authors

We developed the materials in this Thinkquiry Toolkit to provide directions, templates, examples, and scenarios based on teacher requests. Our consultants have been working with them for the past 10 years in multiple settings including high schools, career and technical education centers, middle schools, elementary schools, rural schools, urban schools, suburban schools, and digital academies. Teachers across the country began using these tools with their students in grades 4–12 and gave us feedback as to what worked well, how they used the tools, and the challenges they faced while teaching the strategies.


Julie Meltzer

Julie Meltzer, PhD, is co-editor of Thinkquiry Toolkit 1 and is Senior Advisor for Strategy, Research and Design at Public Consulting Group's PCG Education. Julie has spent the past decade leading research, development, and program evaluation projects related to students’ K–12 literacy development and serving as a literacy and Response to Intervention (RtI) and 21st Century Teaching and Learning consultant to national, state, and district projects. A sought-after keynote speaker, reviewer, conference presenter, and workshop leader, Julie brings substantive experience as a teacher, teacher educator, and leadership coach to her work in the areas of systemic school improvement, capacity building, and design of professional development services and materials. She is author or coauthor of many educational articles, professional development materials and resources, and three books: Meeting the Challenge of Adolescent Literacy: Practical Ideas for Literacy Leaders (IRA, 2009); Taking Action on Adolescent Literacy (ASCD, 2007); and Adolescent Literacy: Linking Research with Practice (Education Alliance, 2002). Julie’s current partnership projects include work with the Maine Department of Education, New Leaders for New Schools, the National Literacy Project, and the University of Maine at Farmington. She is the team leader for PCG’s literacy services providers and RtI consultants.

Dennis Jackson

Dennis Jackson is the co-editor of Thinkquiry 1 Toolkit and is a Managing Director at Public Consulting Group's PCG Education. Dennis has extensive experience in literacy education, having worked as a teacher and curriculum director in public schools for over 20 years. In addition, Dennis has wide-ranging achievements in educational publishing, having held editorial and management roles at Heinemann, Silver Burdett Ginn, and DC Heath. He has served as executive editor for training and print resources related to literacy and mathematics and conducted professional development courses and workshops throughout the United States. Dennis is a past president of the Massachusetts Reading Association. Prior to joining PCG Education, he was president of STEPS Professional Development USA where he brought Australian instructional resources to the United States while building a nationwide corps of consultants and developing national and international relationships. At PCG, Dennis focuses his energies on providing extraordinary client services in the areas of literacy, data use, and program evaluation.