Cara E. Furman, PhD, is an assistant professor of literacy education at the University of Maine at Farmington and former urban public elementary school teacher. She is the co-author, with Cecelia Traugh, of Descriptive Inquiry in Teacher Practice: Cultivating Practical Wisdom to Create Democratic Schools. She writes about Descriptive Inquiry, inquiry, asset-based inclusive teaching, and progressive literacy practices. She is the co-director of the Summer Institute on Descriptive Inquiry and president of the North East Philosophy of Education Society, and co-leads inquiry groups for local teachers. She can be reached at email@example.com.