Dr. William G. Brozo
Class of 1972
Career Pathway: Human Services
Dr. William G. Brozo was nominated by Cheryl (Bourrie) Millikin.
Bill graduated from Grayling High School in 1972. At GHS, he was a member of the newspaper staff. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina and master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina.
He taught reading and language arts in junior and senior high schools in the Carolinas and is the author of numerous articles on literacy development for children and young adults. Dr. Brozo presently is a professor of literacy in the Graduate School of Education at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
His many books on the subject of literacy include To Be a Boy, To Be a Reader: Engaging Teen and Preteen Boys in Active Literacy; Readers, Teachers, Learners: Expanding Literacy Across the Content Areas; Content Literacy for Today’s Adolescents: Honoring Diversity and Building Competence; Principled Practices for Adolescent Literacy: A Framework for Instruction and Policy; 50 Content Area Strategies for Adolescent Literacy; Setting the Pace: A Speed, Comprehension and Study Skills Program; and Helping Boys Find Entry Points to Lifelong Reading: Book Clubs and Other Strategies for Struggling Adolescent Males.
His newest books are Supporting Content Area Literacy with Technology: Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners and The Adolescent Literacy Inventory.
Dr. Brozo is also an author/consultant for Jamestown Reading Navigator, a program for struggling adolescent readers. As well, he serves on the editorial review boards of the Reading Research Quarterly, Reading Research and Instruction and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. He edits and co-writes “Content Literacy,” a column for The Reading Teacher and “Strategic Moves,” a column for Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking’s journal, Thinking Classroom.
Dr. Brozo is a past member of International Reading Association’s Commission on Adolescent Literacy and a current member of the Adolescent Literacy Committee and the Programme for International Student Assessment/Progress in International Reading Literacy Study Task Force. As an IRA-consultant for the International Development Division, he has traveled regularly to Macedonia, where he provides technical support to secondary teachers. He was a co-investigator on a Carnegie grant team that compiled an important report on best practices in adolescent literacy.
He regularly speaks at professional meetings around the country and consults with teachers and administrators to discuss methods of enriching the literate culture of middle and secondary schools, enhancing the literate lives of boys and making teaching more responsive to the needs of all students. You can check him out on YouTube in a segment called “Boys and Reading,” for the program, School Talk, on the Research Channel. On the program, Dr. Brozo discusses his book, To Be a Boy, To Be a Reader.
Dr. Brozo’s siblings – Miriam, John, Jim, Betty and Thelma – are also Grayling graduates.