The Researchers

Dr. Kristen Hawley Turner

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Kristen Hawley Turner, PhD, is professor and director of teacher education in the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at Drew University in New Jersey.  Her research focuses on the intersections between technology and literacy, and she works with teachers across content areas to implement effective literacy instruction and to incorporate technology in meaningful ways.  Turner is author of several journal articles and book chapters dealing with adolescent digitalk, technology and teacher education, and writing instruction, and she regularly provides professional development workshops related to literacy instruction for teachers.  She is the co-author of Connected Reading: Teaching Adolescent Readers in a Digital World and Argument in the Real World: Teaching Students to Read and Write Digital Texts and editor of Ethics of Digital Literacy: Developing Knowledge and Skills across Grade Levels. She is the co-founder of the research project and the Technopanic: Living and Learning in a Digital Age podcast. A former high school teacher of English and social studies, she is the founder and director of the Drew Writing Project and Digital Literacies Collaborative.  She can be found on Twitter @teachKHT, and she blogs about being a working mother of twins at

Dr. Lauren Zucker

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Lauren Zucker, PhD, teaches English at Northern Highlands Regional High School in New Jersey, and serves as an adjunct professor of education at Drew University and Fordham University. Her research interests include digital literacies, self-regulated learning, and reading motivation. Lauren’s writing has appeared in journals such as English Journal and Reading Research Quarterly, and her work on social-emotional learning and mindful pedagogy was recently featured in Writing Can Change Everything: Middle Level Kids Writing Themselves into the World and Ethics of Digital Literacy: Developing Knowledge and Skills Across Grade Levels. Her students’ work has been featured on The New York TimesThree Teachers TalkSketchnote Army, and Six Word Memoirs websites. An active member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English, she co-edits New Jersey English Journal.  She is a consultant for the Drew Writing Project, and regularly leads professional development workshops and conference presentations for teachers. She can be found on Twitter @LGZreader and blogs about her teaching at


Emily Rosales