Laura Roop, director of the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and assistant professor at University of Pittsburgh School of Education, previously worked for fifteen years at the University of Michigan School of Education as director of outreach and as school-research relations coordinator. She directed National Writing Projects of Michigan, the state network of 10 NWP sites—each a university-school partnership, three times in separate stints, and directed the Oakland (MI) Writing Project for 18 years. She worked as an intermediate school district literacy consultant in both Oakland and Washtenaw counties, and served as dissemination coordinator and professional development facilitator for the Michigan English Language Arts Framework Project, a state standards effort, in the mid-90s. From 2009-2012 she followed a cohort of Ypsilanti students who had been assessed as being in the bottom quartile from ninth grade through college, designing summer programs and organizing trips and presentations, under the auspices of the Algebra Project, a national network founded by civil rights organizer and mathematician Bob Moses. With MDE consultant Steve Best and NBPTS-certified teacher and consultant Linda Denstaedt, she wrote Doing and Making Authentic Literacies, published by the National Council of Teachers of English in September 2014.