Bert Crossland holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Baylor University. He holds a Ph.D. in Reading Education and Children’s Literature from the University of North Texas. Bert is a former elementary school teacher and university professor. Since 1987, he has been a part of the educational publishing industry having worked for Scott Foresman, Scholastic, Rigby and Mondo. Bert returned to the classroom from 2001-2005 teaching K-2 literacy at Dundee Highlands Elementary in West Dundee. After teaching here in Illinois, he was the marketing product manager for the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. Since 2007, Bert has been supporting teachers with high quality products and professional development.