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Nikki Drury

Literacy Trainer

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

Every day I get to immerse myself in my favorite topic: Literacy!

What I believe in

I believe language is powerful, and when we give students the ability to use language, we empower them to shape the world with their words, learn more about themselves and others, and delight in the pleasures of great literature. 

Previous work highlights

Before coming to the Center, I was a classroom teacher and literacy coach.

Favorite book

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell 

Fun fact

At 10 years old I was the Texas state baton twirling champion.

Education

BS Interdisciplinary Studies, Sam Houston State University 

M.Ed. Educational Leadership, Texas A&M  

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Featured Blog Posts

July 1, 2024 Heather Rodman, Literacy Trainer

Ralph Fletcher: A Writer’s Mentor 

When I need a little writerly advice, I often turn to Ralph Fletcher. We’ve never met, but his advice about writing for both students and teachers has stayed with me for the last 20 years.

June 27, 2024 Linda Murphy, Associate Director of Literacy Programs

Reaching All Learners Through Independent Reading

Research highlights the significant benefits of independent reading, including improved literacy skills, greater empathy, and a lifelong love of reading.

June 11, 2024 Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Advice for Coaches: Helping Teachers Navigate the End-of-Year Homestretch

How can coaches help empower teachers to navigate the end-of-year homestretch? By creating opportunities for reflection.