Curt Dudley-Marling teaches courses in language and literacy in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. He was a special education teacher for 7 years before earning his PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In the early 1990s Dudley-Marling took a leave from his professorial duties to teach 3rd grade in the Toronto Public Schools, providing the basis for the book, Living with Uncertainty: The Messy Reality of Classroom Practice, which received the James N. Britton Award for Inquiry in the English Language Arts. Dudley-Marling has published over 100 articles, book chapters, and books focusing on struggling readers and students with disabilities. He is a former chair of the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and former coeditor of the NCTE journal Language Arts. His interests include the social construction of learning failures, the power of “high-expectation” curricula, classroom discussion, and disability studies.