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Kylene began her teaching career as a middle school public school teacher before also working with high schools and elementary schools. After completing her Ed.D., she then moved to higher education with positions at the University of Houston and the Comer School Development Program at Yale University. She has served as President of the National Council of Teachers of English. Her passion is helping all students, but especially those who struggle, with becoming skilled, engaged, lifetime readers.

Dr. Beers is the author or co-author of many books including Forged by Reading: The Power of a Literate Life (Scholastic, 2020); Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters (Scholastic, 2017); Reading Nonfiction: Stances, Signposts, and Strategies (Heinemann, 2015); Notice and Note: Strategies for Close Reading (Heinemann, 2013); When Kids Can’t Read/What Teachers Can Do (Heinemann, 2002). She is co-editor of Adolescent Literacy: Turning Promise into Practice (Heinemann, 2007).

The author of numerous articles that have been published in national educational journals including English Journal, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy, Voices from the Middle, School Library Journal, and numerous state journals, Kylene is also a senior author of the HMH literature series Into Literature and Into Reading. She has served on committees and boards with the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English and has been an invited keynote speaker to numerous national conventions including the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Middle School Association, the Association of Supervisors and Curriculum Directors, and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.


Additionally, she has been a consultant to the National Governor’s Association Best Practices in Education committee. The former editor of the National Council of Teachers of English literacy journal Voices from the Middle, Kylene has served as Chair of the National Adolescent Literacy Coalition, advisory board member to LitWorld and American Reading Company, and as the 2008-2009 President of NCTE. In 2007, she was awarded the NCTE’s Exemplary Leadership Award, presented by the Conference on English Leadership. Disrupting Thinking, co-authored with Robert Probst, is a 2018 recipient of the Teachers Choice Awards.

Kylene divides her time between her home in Houston, Texas, and her ranch outside of Waco, Texas, where she and her husband are developing solar farms to provide clean energy to surrounding schools and run small retreats for educators who come together to learn together. You can follow Kylene on Twitter at @KyleneBeers or her blog site You can email her at

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