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Phyllis C. Hunter  

President of Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, Inc., Member of the board of the National Institute for Literacy

Mrs. Hunter, president of Phyllis C. Hunter Consulting, Inc., was appointed by Congress and President Bush to the board of the National Institute for Literacy, and has served as an advisor on the President's Educational Transition Team. On November 15, 2002, she was honored with the Marcus Foster Memorial Award for Distinguished Educator of the Year by the National Alliance of Black School Educators.

As a reading consultant who specializes in scientific research-based programs, Mrs. Hunter has traveled the nation providing on-site technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive reading programs. Mrs. Hunter proclaims that reading is the new civil right!

The Phyllis C. Hunter Classroom Libraries is her most recent publication that was created in conjunction with Scholastic Inc. The libraries are based on scientific research, Mrs. Hunter's own years of classroom experience, her connection with schools across the country, and her work as a national literacy specialist.

In Texas, Mrs. Hunter was an administrator with the Houston Independent School District for seven years. She managed the reading department for the district's 282 schools, grades Pre-K-12, and administered a staff of 52 with a $2.6 million budget. She was responsible for several innovative reading initiatives, such as A Balanced Approach to Reading.

In August 1998, Lauren Resnick, Director of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, appointed Mrs. Hunter a National Fellow of the Institute for Learning.

Mrs. Hunter's tenure in education includes a principalship with California's Hayward Unified School District. Formerly an elementary, middle, and high school teacher, she has also held the positions of curriculum specialist, certified speech and language therapist, specialist in special education, and coordinator of a mentor-teaching program.

The Consortium for Policy Research in Education, which includes the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Stanford University, the University of Michigan, and The University of Wisconsin-Madison, unites these five top research institutions in an exciting venture. As an executive board member of CPRE, Mrs. Hunter helps to improve student learning through research on education reform, policy, and finance.

As a board member of The International Reading Association on Urban Diversity Commission and the National Center for Family Literacy, Mrs. Hunter impacts reading instruction worldwide. Mrs. Hunter has implemented extensive education reform for a diverse community of learners nationwide. She continues to advise many policy makers through her work on national boards, such as CORE and the National Center for Family Literacy.

Mrs. Hunter received a Master's degree from the University of Wisconsin. She also earned a mid-management certification in Educational Administration from the University of California, and has acquired further studies at The Johns Hopkins University.

Implementing effective reading programs for all students is not only Mrs. Hunter's job, but also her passion. This enthusiasm makes her a sought-after public speaker. She has addressed a variety of audiences, such as school-district personnel from New Bedford, Massachusetts to Modesto, California. Universities and higher-education institutions involved in the professional development of teachers and administrators have asked Mrs. Hunter to provide keynote lectures addressing the message: Reading is Job One. Mrs. Hunter has taken her message to 15 state departments of education, as well as to the business community. IBM, GTE, and Scholastic have all sought Mrs. Hunter's expertise on literacy.

Mrs. Hunter is happily married with one son who attends Georgetown Medical School in Washington, DC. She was featured on Black Entertainment Network and in The Houston Chronicle as a recognized authority on African-American memorabilia. Highlights of her extensive African-American collection of dolls, artifacts, and books, were featured. Her collection is the third largest in the world, and includes over 3,000 dolls. Advocating student knowledge of African-American culture through the collection of dolls and books is her lifelong avocation.

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