Misty Sailors obtained her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with a focus on language and literacy studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a literacy researcher, reading specialist, and teacher educator. Dr. Sailors’ scholarly pursuits have contributed to the body of knowledge in the field of literacy education, specifically literacy tools found in classrooms; the professional development of reading teachers and literacy coaches; literacy program development; and literacy research methodologies. Her work has appeared in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, Journal of Literacy Research, Literacy, The Reading Teacher, and Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. Sailors recently co-edited the 7th edition of the Theoretical models and processes of literacy (7th ed.) (with Donna Alvermann, Norm Unrau, and Rob Ruddell) and co-authored a book with Jim Hoffman: The Power of Practice-Based Literacy Research: A Tool for Teachers.
Sailors served on the International Literacy Association as a member of the Standard Revision Committee — Standards for Literacy Professionals 2017 — and the Literacy Research Panel. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Literacy Research Association and a former editor of the Journal of Literacy Research. Sailors was the primary investigator for several large, federally funded research projects, all of which were multi-site, field-based studies, including one research project that spanned three countries. Sailors served as a voluntary research consultant with the Children’s Book Project in Tanzania and Room to Read in Bangladesh.
Sailors actively works with literacy teachers and literacy coaches in the USA and teachers, literacy coaches, and literacy specialists in Chile, Malawi, Mozambique, and South Africa. Her work with teachers and literacy coaches has culminated in a book she co-authored with Logan Manning, Justice-Oriented Literacy Coaching: Toward Transformative Practices.