Jim Burke teaches English at Burlingame High School in Burlingame, California where he has worked for over twenty years. Author of more than twenty books on teaching and literacy, Jim founded the English Companion Ning, an online community devoted to helping teachers improve their practice so they can better meet their students’ needs when it comes to reading and writing. He speaks around the country at conferences and school districts; he also serves on a number of organizations, including the College Board’s Advanced Placement English Course and Exam Review Commission. His most recent book is the fourth edition of The English Teacher’s Companion (Heinemann 2013). His blogs and tweets, as well as other resources for teachers, are available at www.englishcompanion.com.