Laura, director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and practice faculty at University of Pittsburgh School of Education, develops partnerships for knowledge generation and equitable literacy practice. She is co-author of Doing and Making Authentic Literacies (NCTE, 2014) with Linda Denstaedt and Stephen Best. She has been involved with the National Writing Project since 1985, when, as a high school English teacher, she participated in an Oakland (MI) Writing Project summer institute. She directed that Michigan Writing Project site for two stints—from 1990-1994, and then from 1999-2012, before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014.
Dr. Roop received her Ph.D. in English and Education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She has served as a literacy consultant for 28 school districts, and has worked as an outreach and communications director for the University of Michigan School of Education. She also co-chaired the NWP State and Regional Networks Leadership Team for several years.