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Literacy Consultant, Reading Done Right, Senior Fellow for Strategic Initiatives, Student Achievement Partners

Meredith Liben works with educators to improve the quality of college and career based literacy instruction and to bring research into practical application to impact learners. In her independent consulting, she provides a variety of services related to teaching reading and standards-based education, including a great deal of production and advising work with Open Education Resource (OER) and other not-for-profit curriculum groups.

She worked with OCTAE as a member of the task force that evaluated the CCSS for suitability and adaptation to adult learners that resulted in the CCRS for ABE. Immediately following that, she was the content lead for Literacy and ELA in all aspects of the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) project, Implementing College and Career Readiness (CCR) Standards in Adult Education. Her responsibilities included preparing presentation and training materials for the implementation institutes, CCR Standards-in-Action workshops, and LINCS; training, organizing and overseeing the ELA coaching team; and acting as literacy coach to several states in their transition to implement the literacy and ELA CCR standards. Since then, she has continued to offer professional learning on the ELA Advances required by the CCRS for ABE and on how to support all students’ success.

Ms. Liben is currently a Senior Fellow supporting strategic direction and new initiatives at Student Achievement Partners (SAP), while continuing to offer curriculum support, assistance with standards implementation, and teacher training to various schools, districts, and education groups.

Until recently, Ms. Liben taught reading in the content areas to teachers in technical and career centers at Vermont Technical College and English to first generation college students at Community College of Vermont. She was a member of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) ELA Working Group, one of 30 experts who worked closely with the primary writing team to craft the CCSS for ELA and literacy. She also directed the text complexity validation research study that is a critical underpinning of the CCRS for ABE reading standards.

Ms. Liben has a BA in Classics and Government from Oberlin College, a post-BA teaching certificate from University of Massachusetts, and an MAT in Rhetoric and Teaching of English from the City University of New York.