Louise Spear-Swerling is Professor Emerita at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven CT. Her research interests focus on children’s reading development and literacy difficulties, as well as teacher preparation in reading, and she has published widely on these topics. Her most recent book is "The power of RTI and reading profiles: A blueprint for solving reading problems," published by Brookes. She is a member of several journal editorial boards, including those for Annals of Dyslexia, Teaching Exceptional Children, and Reading Psychology. Dr. Spear-Swerling has prepared both general and special educators to teach literacy for many years, and she consults regularly for public school districts, mostly on cases involving students with severe or persistent literacy difficulties. In 2009 she served on the working group for the International Dyslexia Association that helped to produce national IDA professional standards for teachers of reading; and recently she contributed to a revision of the standards.