Barb is a former Staff Developer with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, where she was instrumental in helping schools across the United States, Asia and Europe implement a balanced literacy approach to literacy education.  While at the Project, Barb led groups of teachers in study groups that focused on using different components of balanced literacy to support vocabulary development for elementary-aged students, as well as helping teachers across the elementary grades create structures in their classrooms that support student independence.

She is co-author of Nonfiction Chapter Books and Infusing Grammar into the Writer’s Workshop.  She consults internationally with schools around Asia and the Middle East, as well as schools across the United States.  She has been a keynote speaker at the Middle East North Africa Common Core Conference, and has been a session leader at the National Council of Teachers of English.