He is the founding director of the Boise State Writing Project which supports over 3,000 teachers each year with over 110,000 contact hours of professional development. He is a highly-regarded author and co-author of over 32 books about literacy and literacy education.
Jeff has devoted his professional career to helping teachers help their students. He is particularly devoted to assisting students who are considered to be reluctant, struggling, or at-risk.
His research agenda is organized around creating supportive inquiry-oriented contexts for developing and performing literacy, literate behaviors, and literate identities. His research demonstrates how inquiry environments are powerful contexts for learning literacy and achieving deep understanding.
Jeff is a frequently-requested speaker at state, regional, national, and international conferences as well as providing professional development on a variety of topics to educators and administrators.