Scott Filkins

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Gender Male
Industry Education
Occupation Secondary Literacy Coach
Location Urbana, IL
Introduction Scott Filkins is a literacy coach at Central High School in Champaign, Illinois. He taught high school English for nine years, serving as English Department Chair for seven years and teaching a range of courses, including Advanced Placement Literature, an interdisciplinary American Studies course, and inclusive 9th grade English.

Scott worked as a Content Specialist for ReadWriteThink at NCTE for two years and was part of the secondary strand of NCTE’s Reading Initiative from 1999 to 2001. He is a contributing editor for the NCTE INBOX blog and a community leader in the NCTE Pathways for Advancing Adolescent Literacy.

His professional interests include engaging at-risk learners in school-based literacy practices and developing effective models of support for secondary literacy teachers. He currently serves on the steering committee for the University of Illinois Writing Project site.
Favorite Books Disgrace by J. M. Coetzee, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, the short stories of Stuart Dybek, Prufrock and Other Observations by T. S. Eliot, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, Atonement by Ian McEwan, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Operation Wandering Soul by Richard Powers, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, The Outsider by Richard Wright