Rebecca Dankner is a teacher and literacy coach at Garfield and Sherman Elementary schools in Oakland and San Francisco, California. Both schools serve a diverse student body, and, at Garfield, Rebecca is collaborating with the principal to change the school literacy model to meet the needs of the students, 99% of whom receive free or reduced lunch and have exhibited particular struggles in English Language Arts. Rebecca has focused on her own classroom instruction at Sherman, where she has received intense training in the Reading and Writing Workshop model and led classes that have scored over 95% proficient on the English CST. Her work at Garfield gives her the opportunity to share her success through strategic planning with the school leader and intensive coaching of a fellow teacher in the Reading and Writing Workshop model. Rebecca looks forward to continuing her work with principals and eventually becoming one herself.