Pearson myWorld Geography Program for Grades 6-8 Authors

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Grant Wiggins

Grant Wiggins is the President of Authentic Education in Hopewell, New Jersey. He earned his Ed.D. from Harvard University and his B.A. from St. John’s College in Annapolis. Wiggins consults with schools, districts, and state education departments on a variety of reform matters; organizes conferences and workshops; and develops print materials and Web resources on curricular change.

Over the past twenty years, Wiggins has worked on some of the most influential reform initiatives in the country, including Vermont’s portfolio system and Ted Sizer’s Coalition of Essential Schools. He is the co-author, with Jay McTighe, of Understanding By Design and The Understanding by Design Handbook, the award-winning and high successful materials on curriculum published by ASCD and author of Educative Assessment and Assessing Student Performance, both published by Jossey-Bass.

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Gregory H. Chu

Gregory H. Chu, a native of Hong Kong, is professor and chair of geography at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and editor of FOCUS on Geography, a journal published by the American Geographical Society. He earned his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Hawaii and has served as program director of geography and regional science at the National Science Foundation, on the editorial board of Cartographic Perspectives, and board of directors of the North American Cartographic Information Society.

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Susan Hardwick

Susan Hardwick is a geography professor at the University of Oregon. She is an expert in the human geography of North America and is the past president of the National Council for Geographic Education. She is best known as the co-host of "The Power of Place," an Annenberg geography series produced for public television. Professor Hardwick was awarded the Association of America's Gilbert Grosvenor Award in Geographic Education, the National Council for Geographic Education’s Outstanding Mentor Award, and the statewide California Outstanding Professor Award when she taught at California State University, Chico, before moving to Oregon. She is the parent of four grown sons who all live on the West Coast.

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Don Holtgrieve

Don Holtgrieve received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Oregon and was a professor of geography and environmental studies in the California State University system for 30 years. He now teaches geography and environmental planning at the University of Oregon. His attraction to geography was the interdisciplinary nature of the discipline and the opportunity to do research outdoors. Dr. Holtgrieve enjoys bringing his "real world" experiences as a high school teacher, community planner, police officer, and consultant to his writing and teaching.