Brenda Joiner Overturf, Ed.D.
Literacy Perspectives, LLC
Brenda Joiner Overturf
was a 2009-2012 member of the International Reading Association
Board of Directors.
While on the board of IRA, she chaired a Common Core State Standards Task Force, and continues as chair of the IRA Common Core Standards Committee.
Brenda began her career as a classroom teacher, teaching 18 years at the elementary and middle school levels.
She served as the Jefferson County Public Schools (Louisville, KY) District Reading Coordinator for six years where she lead professional development, program design, standards implementation, curriculum alignment, and assessment systems for K-12 district-wide literacy development.
In 2005, she entered a partnership with the University of Louisville to head the graduate program in reading education, where she designed and taught K-12 literacy courses, chaired committees, provided leadership for literacy grants and programs, and served on state literacy task forces and intiatives.
Brenda holds an Ed.D. with a specialty in Literacy Education from the University of Louisville, and as president of Literacy Perspectives, LLC, provides professional development and assistance to schools and districts nationwide.
most recent books are: Word Nerds: Teaching All Students to Learn and Love Vocabulary (2013, Stenhouse) and The Common Core: Teaching K-5 Students to Meet the Reading Standards (2013, International Reading Association).