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Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement

by Robert J. Marzano

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About the Author

Robert J. Marzano is a Senior Scholar at Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning in Aurora, Colorado; an Associate Professor at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Vice President of Pathfinder Education, Inc.; and President of Marzano & Associates consulting firm in Centennial, Colorado. He has developed programs and practices used in K–12 classrooms that translate current research and theory in cognition into instructional methods. An internationally known trainer and speaker, Marzano has authored 21 books and more than 150 articles and chapters on topics such as reading and writing instruction, thinking skills, school effectiveness, restructuring, assessment, cognition, and standards implementation. Recent ASCD titles include Classroom Management That Works: Research Based Strategies for Every Teacher (Marzano, Marzano, & Pickering, 2003), What Works in Schools: Translating Research into Action (2003); A Handbook for Classroom Instruction That Works (Marzano, Paynter, Pickering, & Gaddy, 2001); and Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement (Marzano, Pickering, & Pollack, 2001). Additionally, Marzano headed a team of authors who developed Dimensions of Learning (ASCD, 1992). His most recent work is The Pathfinder Project: Exploring the Power of One (Pathfinder Education, Inc. 2003). Marzano received his B.A. in English from Iona College in New York, an M.Ed. in Reading/Language Arts from Seattle University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington. He can be contacted at 7127 South Danube Court, Centennial, CO 80016. Phone: (303) 796-7683. E-mail:


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