Robert C. Wortman

Bob Wortman has been an elementary teacher, K-12 Reading Specialist for 13 years. He was principal of a court-ordered desegregated magnet school with a dual language strand for 13 years . He also served as director of Title I and Literacy programs for Tucson Unified School District for 4 years. After 30 years as a teacher, principal and central office administrator in public schools, he currently teaches graduate courses in Literacy and Children's Literature as Associate Lecturer in the Department of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona. He is a seasoned presenter at national and state conferences and is active on the board of the Tucson Area Reading Council, the University of Arizona College of Education Alumni Council, the Tucson Youth Development Board of Directors, and Reach Out and Read Southern Arizona. He especially enjoys bringing the writing of our best authors into the writing lives of children K-12 and energizing teachers and administrators to the joys and challenges of authentic reading and writing in classrooms by modeling reading and writing workshop lessons in classrooms across the country. He is the author of numerous articles and two books published by Stenhouse Publishers: Administrators Supporting School Change and Leadership in Whole Language.

I am not currently engaged in active research. I spend a great deal of time as a reading coach with the Acoma Pueblo Sky City Community School outside of Albuquerque. I am the K-8 reading coach there. I have been focusing on Comprehension Strategy Instruction with all the classes with some continuing work connecting reading strategies to test-taking strategies.

I have been working with Dietz Elementary (in TUSD) 2nd-4th graders on nonfiction Reading Strategies.

My teaching responsibilities in LRC keep me focused on the Reading Certification courses required for a state reading endorsement.