Renee Houser is an international educational consultant, author, proud mom, and founder of Read.Write.Think. with Renee, a literacy consulting company created to empower educators, school leaders, and caregivers to be innovative decision-makers and fierce champions for student success. Previously, Renee taught at PS126 in New York City and worked as a staff developer at Columbia University's Reading & Writing Project. Renee's latest book, Teacher's Toolkit for Independent Reading, co-written with friend and colleague Dr. Gravity Golberg, has been met with great enthusiasm by teachers worldwide because it provides practical tools that are grounded in current research and best practices and can be used to carry out day-to-day teaching. She holds master’s degrees from Old Dominion University and Fordham University and believes it is both an honor and responsibility to equip each child with a strong, healthy sense of self and empower each to read, write, and think independently.