Gianna is the co-author of three Heinemann books, Classroom Management Matters: The Social and Emotional Learning Approach That Children Deserve, No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices, and The Caring Teacher: Strategies for Working Through Your Own Difficulties with Students. Gianna also authored Literacy Centers: A Standards Based Approach for Grades 3 and Beyond and is featured in accompanying instructional videos on effective literacy practices, including Step into Guided Reading, for the New Zealand based Learning Media. She began her teaching career in 1992 in District 2 in New York City, where she developed expertise in workshop instruction and in balanced literacy, and became a National Board Certified Teacher Her passion for education led her to co-found and lead public, charter conversion, and charter schools in Harlem, New York, and in Denver, Colorado. Gianna has been a teacher, coach, school leader, district level leader and independent consultant. She is a Goleman EI Certified Emotional Intelligence Coach. Follow Gianna on Twitter @Gianna_Cassetta.
Brook Sawyer is coauthor of the new Heinemann title Classroom Management Matters as well as No More Taking Away Recess and Other Problematic Discipline Practices, part of the Not This, But That series. Brook was a middle school language arts teacher and an elementary guidance counselor and is now an assistant professor in the College of Education at Lehigh University. Her research aims are interdisciplinary and center on promoting the development of young children who have disabilities or who are dual language learners (DLLs). Specifically, her work aims to support the development of preschoolers who are at risk for poor school performance by examining and enhancing the practices of teachers and teachers as well as by enhancing partnerships between educators and parents. She has published her work in numerous journals, such as Early Childhood Research Quarterly, Journal of Early Intervention, and Journal of Research in Reading. She has presented her work at national and international conferences.