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Rebecca Bowers Sipe

REBECCA BOWERS SIPE serves as director of the Honors College at Eastern Michigan University and is professor in the Department of English Language and Literature.  Prior to EMU’s faculty, she served as the coordinator for English Language Arts K-12 for the Anchorage School District, secondary department head, and secondary English teacher.  She holds degrees from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of Alaska, and Boston University.

The NCTE has served as Rebecca’s professional home since 1978.  She became a member of CEL to network with other leaders as they collaboratively explore effective leadership strategies.  In 1997, she joined the EMU faculty, teaching pre-service teachers, serving as co-director of the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, serving as Department Head of English; she now works with over 900 students in the Honors College.  Rebecca is a former Michigan Professor of the Year.

Her early work with standards in Alaska, Michigan, and with various national groups led to workshops and publications stressing the importance of high standards—not standardization. Her books include Purposeful Writing: Genre Study in the Secondary Writing Workshop (2006), They Still Can’t Spell? Understanding and Supporting Challenged Spellers in the Middle and High School (2003), and Adolescent Literacy at Risk? The Impact of Standards (2009). 

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