Nancy Commins is coauthor of the Heinemann title Comprehension Going Forward.
Nancy has worked with linguistically diverse students in a variety of capacities over the past three decades. She was a classroom teacher in both ESOL and bilingual programs in Rochester, New York and Boulder, Colorado. For seven years she was a professor in the School of Education at the University of Colorado at Denver in the Language Literacy and Culture program area. She helped to start and directed a bilingual program at Casey Middle School in Boulder and went on to become the Director of Literacy and Language Support Services in the Boulder Valley School District where she oversaw the ESL, Bilingual, Title I, and Early Childhood programs for four years.
She is coauthor of two books: Linguistic Diversity and Teaching and Restructuring Schools for Linguistic Diversity as well as the editor of the Immigrant Integration Educator Resource Guide in 2007, a co-sponsored project of the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Trust.
For the past ten years Dr. Commins has worked as an independent consultant assisting schools and districts in their efforts to improve instruction for language minority students. Currently she is a Senior Instructor in the Linguistically Diverse Education Program in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado at Denver.