Dr. Ruth Yopp-Edwards joined the faculty at CSUF after earning her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She teaches literacy courses in the Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education and co-directs three teacher recruitment and development programs, including a $2.5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation, a local BTSA Induction Program, and the Teacher Recruitment Project. Her research and writing activities focus on the use of informational text in the primary grades, comprehension and vocabulary instruction, and early literacy development. Dr. Yopp-Edwards is co-author of six books: Vocabulary Instruction for Academic Success, Literature-based Reading Activities, 50 Strategies for Active Teaching: Engaging K-12 Learners in the Classroom, Purposeful Play for Early Childhood Phonological Awareness, Oo-pples and Boo-noo-noos: Songs and Activities for Phonemic Awareness, and Ready for Reading: A Handbook for Parents of Preschoolers. She has publications in national and international journals, serves on several editorial advisory boards, and has been a member of numerous state and national policy committees. Dr. Yopp-Edwards taught in the upper elementary grades for ten years prior to joining the faculty at CSUF and was recipient of the Orange County Teacher of the Year Award. In 2000, she was inducted into the California Reading Association’s Hall of Fame for her contributions to literacy in the state.