A former classroom teacher at the primary and secondary levels, Shane did his graduate work at the University of Virginia, receiving his M.Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Education there. Shane’s research has focused on developmental word knowledge in elementary, middle, and high school students. He has published in a number of research and practitioner journals, and is co-author of Vocabulary Their Way: Word Study for Middle and Secondary Students; Words Their Way; Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, Grades 4-12, and Words Their Way with English Learners. His other books include Teaching the Integrated Language Arts, Children’s Literacy: Contexts for Meaningful Learning, and, with Kristin Gehsmann, Teaching Reading and Writing: The Developmental Approach. Since 1987, Shane has been a member of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. He is educational consultant on The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary and was consultant for and wrote the foreword to Curious George’s Dictionary.