Deborah L. Wolter is a retired literacy consultant for Student Intervention and Support Services in Ann Arbor (Michigan) Public Schools. She has worked for over 20 years with public school teachers and their students from all walks of life (including those in special education, Title I, response to intervention, and English language learners) and who were in different places of exploring multiple languages, literacies, and linguistics. Prior to that, she worked as an early childhood education teacher for 10 years. Deborah completed a BA degree in early childhood and elementary education and an MA degree in reading from Eastern Michigan University. She also completed an additional endorsement in learning disabilities from Madonna University. Deborah has written several papers on literacy and family literacy for professional journals. Restorative Literacies, co-published with Teachers College Press and International Institute for Restorative Practices, is her third book. She is author of Reading Upside Down: Identifying and Addressing Opportunity Gaps in Literacy Instruction, published by Teachers College Press in June 2015. Being deaf since birth, she also offers a unique insider’s perspective on opportunity gaps. Her last book, Ears, Eyes, and Hands: Reflections on Language, Literacy, and Linguistics, published by Gallaudet University Press, was released December 2018. A future memoir, A Search for Stories, is currently in the works.
Deborah Wolter can be contacted at restorativeliteracies /@/ gmail.com.