Jessica Singer Early is an assistant professor of English education in the Department of English at Arizona State University and the director of the Central Arizona Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. She is a former high school English teacher from Portland, Oregon, and has worked extensively with adolescent writers and secondary English language arts teachers throughout the West and Southwest. Her work examines language and literacy practices in ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary English classrooms as well as the preparation of urban English teachers. Her first book, Stirring up Justice (Heinemann), is a classroom-based examination of a literacy curriculum revolving around issues of activism within the secondary English classroom. Additionally, her research has been published in numerous journals, including Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Writing Research, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, and Rethinking Schools. Jessica provides professional development programs on teaching writing in ethnically and linguistically diverse classrooms and on teaching real world and gate-opening writing to secondary students.