Linda Christensen is the director of the Oregon Writing Project, located in the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College. The OWP is part of the National Writing Project network, the oldest and largest professional development project in the U.S. Christensen is the author of “Reading, Writing, and Rising Up: Teaching about Social Justice and the Power of the Written Word” and “Teaching for Joy and Justice: Re-Imagining the Language Arts Classroom.” She has also co-edited several books. She has given keynote addresses at local, national and international conferences about her work on literacy and social justice. Christensen taught high school language arts and worked as language arts curriculum specialist for 30 years in Portland, Ore. She is a member of the Rethinking Schools editorial board. She has received numerous awards, including the Fred Heschinger Award for use of research in teaching and writing from National Writing Project and the U.S. West Outstanding Teacher of Western United States and, most recently, the Humanitarian Award from Willamette Writers.