Robert Ward is currently enjoying his 25th year teaching English to a wide diversity of students at public middle schools in Los Angeles. As the author of books for educators and parents, Robert embraces a whole-child approach that attends to each student's social, emotional, soulful, and academic needs. Robert’s fourth book, Talented Teachers, Empowered Parents, Successful Students!, provides classroom strategies for including all families as allies in education. In addition to his award-winning Rewarding Education blog, Robert’s articles are regularly featured in Edutopia, Education Week, ASCD, NCTE, the U.S. Department of Education’s “The Teacher’s Edition” newsletter, and the International Literacy Association. Robert can be followed on Twitter @RewardingEdu and reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.