New Jersey Policy Analyst Maureen McVeigh-Berzok has been a writer, educator, administrator, and trainer since 1980. She holds an Ed.M. from Rutgers University and an M.A. from Oklahoma State University. Maureen has taught Honors and Basic Skills English, directed the school play, advised the literary magazine, and fostered professional connections between the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Foundation, the Manhattan Theatre Club, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the public schools. As a K-12 Literacy Supervisor, Maureen has designed and implemented curriculum based on the Common Core and has provided professional development to teachers in close reading, lesson design, student motivation, creative writing, and teaching Shakespeare. She has been celebrated for full-district participation in the NCTE's African-American Read-In. Maureen's most recent publication is the study guide for "Leaves Swept by a Cruel Wind," a survivor's memoir currently in use in New Jersey's Holocaust/Genocide education programs. She is also the blogger at http://jerseywriters.blogspot.com, a home for the literary voices of the Garden State. Maureen can be reached at email@example.com.
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