William G. Brozo

William G. Brozo

Prof. Dr. William G. Brozo, George Mason University, USA

Fields of expertise:

Dr. Brozo is the author of numerous articles on literacy development for children and young adults.  His books include To Be a Boy, To Be a Reader: Engaging Teen and Preteen Boys in Active Literacy (International Reading Association, 2nd ed); Bright Beginnings for Boys: Engaging Young Boys in Active Literacy (IRA); The Adolescent Literacy Inventory: Grades 6-12 (Pearson); Readers, Teachers, Learners: Expanding Literacy Across the Content Areas (Pearson); Content Literacy for Today’s Adolescents: Honoring Diversity and Building Competence (Pearson); Principled Practices for Adolescent Literacy: A Framework for Instruction and Policy (Erlbaum); 50 Instructional Routines to Develop Content Literacy (Pearson, 3rd ed); Supporting Content Area Literacy with Technology (Pearson); and Setting the Pace: A Speed, Comprehension and Study Skills Program (Pearson).  His newest books are Teaching with Graphic Novels across the Curriculum and RTI and the Adolescent Reader: Responsive Literacy Instruction in Secondary Schools (Teachers College Press), and Disciplinary and Content Literacy for Today’s Adolescents, 6th ed. (Guilford Press).  In 2019, Cambridge University Press published his 13th book, Engaging Boys in Active Literacy.  Dr. Brozo is also a contributing author to Pearson Common Core Literature, and Pearson iLit, a digital platform program for struggling adolescent readers.  For many years, he served on the editorial review board of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy and the Reading Research Quarterly.  He was past columnist of “Strategic Moves” for the international journal Thinking Classroom and authored the “Content Literacy” column for The Reading Teacher.

As an international consultant, Dr. Brozo has provided technical support to teachers and teacher leaders from the Balkans to the Gulf.  For five years, he was a part of team of consultants for the Secondary Education Activity Project funded by USAID providing training and assistance to secondary vocational teachers in Macedonia. He has been a member of a European Union funded grant team (BaCuLit) that developed literacy curriculum and provided professional development for teachers across Europe.  His other recent international activity includes work in Romania, where he has provided consulting on the Reading to Learn project for teachers and teacher leaders, and as an expert evaluator of ELINET, a pan-European literacy policy network, on which he currently serves as a board member.  In the Gulf, he has given trainings and speeches for the Ministries of Education in Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.  He recently completed work on an expert review panel for the University of Bahrain’s Teachers College.  Dr. Brozo was also a member of the working groups of the Learning Metrics Task Force sponsored by UNESCO/Brookings responsible for establishing global learning and assessment standards.  He was also an advisor to the PISA 2018 Assessment Framework expert team for Pearson International.

Institution / Country: 

Dr. Brozo is a Professor of Literacy in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, USA.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and his master’s and doctorate from the University of South Carolina.  He has taught reading and language arts in the Carolinas.

Languages: English

Membership and functions in professional organizations: 

He is also a past member of IRA’s Commission on Adolescent Literacy, the Adolescent Literacy Committee, and past chair of the PISA/PIRLS Task Force.  He was a co-investigator on a Carnegie Grant team that compiled an important report on best practice in adolescent literacy.  Among the other organizations to which he belongs, include:

  • European Literacy Policy Network Association—ELINET (executive board member; co-chair International Literacy Assessments thematic working group)
  • International Literacy Association (member)
  • Comparative International Education Society (member)

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