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Allyson Breyfogle is currently an Early Literacy Specialist for the Children’s Literacy Initiative, having spent her career in public education as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and Clinical Professor of Education in urban districts. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, Allyson brings extensive pedagogical and curriculum experience to K-12 teachers and students, and to facilitating discussions among adults of varied backgrounds. Allyson has served as a consultant and moderator for diverse organizations, including the International Rescue Committee, the Aspen Institute, the Wildflowers Institute, Healthspottr, and the local library. She has facilitated discussions with varied adult audiences (from graduate-level adults to recent immigrants and the near-homeless) and with middle- and high-school students and teachers in both high-poverty public schools and high-wealth private schools. Allyson has native fluency in both English and French.
Allyson joined the Children’s Literacy Initiative in 2015. Before joining CLI, Allyson was Director of Teacher Development for Boettcher Teachers Program (DU), Clinical Professor (CU). For the International Rescue Committee, Allyson developed a French literacy curriculum for schools in the Republic of Niger, traveling on several occasions to Niger to train teachers in the deployment of that curriculum. A regular youth moderator for the Aspen Institute, Allyson develops and moderates seminars for middle school and high school students, using selections from classic and contemporary texts to spark deep discussions about character and core values. She has developed, delivered, and trained others to facilitate a series of leadership and values for the University of Colorado’s Leeds School of Business. Additionally, she leads workshops for K-12 teachers and for adults wishing to become more skilled in leading text-based dialogues with all ages.
In 2010, Breyfogle received a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching, allowing her to spend six months in India at the Regional Institute for Teaching–Mysore, working with teachers, teacher-educators, and future teachers. As part of her Fulbright grant, she lectured across India and conducted over 70 video interviews on the purpose of education in a globalizing world. She has given numerous presentations at professional meetings, co-directed a grant on teaching social studies using the Socratic discussion method, and has moderated professional development seminars for K-12 teachers.
Born in New York City and raised in France, Allyson earned her Baccalaureat in Literature and Philosophy before studying as an undergraduate at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, and at the University of Colorado–Boulder, where she earned a B.A. in English Literature, minor in Biology and a Certification in Elementary Education. She received her M.A. in Literacy, with a K-12 Reading Endorsement, from the University of Colorado and earned her Principal License (Type-D) from the University of Denver Ritchie Program. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, son, and Australian Shepherd.