Janet Allen is an international consultant recognized for her literacy work. She is the author of numerous professional books:Inside Words: Tools for Teaching Academic Vocabulary 4-12; Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; More Tools for Teaching Content Literacy; On the Same Page: Shared Reading Beyond the Primary Grades; Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading; and, Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12 (Stenhouse Publishers); It's Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy (Heinemann); and co-author of There's Room for Me Here: Literacy Workshop in the Middle School (Stenhouse); The Scholastic Read-Aloud Anthology (Scholastic); and, Reading History (Oxford University Press). She is the editor of the collection, Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with End-of-Life Issues (Greenwood).
Janet's other writing includes diverse contributions to the profession. She has also written numerous professional articles and chapters in texts related to young adult literature, teaching reading and writing, and vocabulary instruction. For three years, Janet wrote a continuing column in Voices from the Middle, "The Word Market." In addition, she has written a children's picture book, Best Little Wingman (Boyds Mills Press). Keynotes from Janet's four-day It's Never Too Late literacy institutes have been recorded in a collection entitled Re-Imagining Reading (Stenhouse Publishers).
Janet is a senior program consultant for Holt McDougal Literature 6-12. In addition, she has authored a comprehensive audio-assisted literacy program: Plugged-in to Reading and Plugged-in to Nonfiction for grades 3-12 (Triumph Learning).
Janet taught high school reading and English in northern Maine from 1972 until 1992 when she relocated to Florida to teach English and reading education courses at the University of Central Florida. During her tenure at UCF, she directed the Central Florida Writing Project and assisted in the creation of the Orange County Literacy Project. Janet left her position at UCF to spend her time researching, writing, speaking, and conducting seminars and content literacy institutes across the country. Dr. Allen has received several teaching awards including the Milken Foundation's National Educator Award.