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Dr. Gail Verdi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Elementary Education and Bilingual Education at Kean University. Her research interests include literacy development, process writing, urban education, second language education, and the influence second languages and dialects have on student success. She has presented on these topics at local, national and international conferences. She has taught elementary and early childhood ESL; composition at CUNY and NYU's Expository Writing Program as well as general education courses, language arts, and second language acquisition courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Verdi was an Executive Board Member of NJTESOL/NJBE and chair of NJTESOL/NJBE’s Graduate Student Forum from 2009-2012. She has served as an Executive Board Member of the NJDOE Bilingual Advisory Board, NABE's Research SIG Chair, and the Kean Future Teacher Academy Director. Her recent publications include: "Literacy and Schooling in Working-Class Women's Lives" in progress (2015), “Working-Class Women Academics: Four Sociolinguistic Journeys” published in 2009 in the Journal of Multicultural Discourses, and in 2011 “Making Pictures: Using Imagery and Storytelling in Story Structure” in Richards, J. & Lassonde, C., Writing Strategies for all Primary Students by Jossey-Bass Teacher and “Emotions in Oral and Written Discourse” a review of James Wilce’s work on language and emotion published in the International Journal of the Sociology of Language. Dr. Verdi received a Ph.D. in English Ed/Applied Linguistics and an M.A. in TESOL from NYU. She also has a B.A. in Elementary Education/Early Childhood from Seton Hall.