- Reading and literacy
Bess Altwerger began her professional life as a New York City public school teacher. She received her doctorate in language and literacy from the University of Arizona. She taught at the University of New Mexico in the Department of Curriculum and Multicultural Teacher Education from 1980-1988. During that time, she worked closely with Albuquerque public schools to develop their Title I reading program. In1988, Altwerger joined the faculty of the College of Education at Towson University, where she taught a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in the area of literacy. She initiated the first Professional Development School in Maryland and has directed and taught in university-school partnership programs in several counties. Altwerger has published four books and numerous articles and has received several awards for her professional contributions to the field. Altwerger is a co-founder of Save Our Schools, a national education advocacy organization, and currently serves on the steering committee. Altwerger is an elected member of the Howard County, Md. Board of Education. She recently retired from her full-time position at Towson University but continues to teach advanced courses in literacy on a part-time basis.