Todd Blake Finley, PhD, is a tenured professor of English Education at East Carolina University. He has taught elementary and 7-12th grade English and co-developed the Tar River Writing Project. His BA in Elementary Education and Secondary English was earned at the University of Puget Sound. His MA in English and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction were earned at the University of Minnesota.
He was selected as one of the Top 12 Global Teacher Bloggers of 2014 by Cathy Rubin in the Huffington Post. His teaching memoir, Dinkytown Braves, is available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1X3gIMn. Rethinking Classroom Design: Create Student-Centered Learning Spaces for 6-12th Graders, co-authored with Blake Wiggs, is also available for pre-order on Amazon and rowman.com."
An education generalist with special expertise in composition pedagogy and technology, he has published in national and regional peer-reviewed journals, has keynoted and presented at national and regional conferences, and has been a panelist and presenter on various podcasts and webinars. Contributing to Edutopia fulfills a lifelong dream to work with a foundation that serves teachers and learners.
Dr. Finley teaches, researches, works with schools and publishes in the field of composition, curriculum, instruction, technology, and collaboration. He lives a ridiculously contented life in North Carolina with his wife (a 5th grade math teacher) daughter (a film major at CCNY) and two poorly trained dogs: Moose and Cocoa. Like everyone else, he obsesses about coffee. You can follow his professional posts on Twitter: @finleyt.
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