Michael Mott is Associate Professor of Teacher Education and Coordinator of Online Programs in the Department of Teacher Education at The University of Mississippi. He earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University and a Masters of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a Bachelors in International Political Science. Dr. Mott teaches courses in literacy and science education, conducts research in assessment across content-areas and is the author of books, publications, white papers, briefs and grants ($650,000 secured/$101,000 pending) and presentations in the U.S. and abroad. Prior to his work in higher education, Dr. Mott was classroom teacher for ten years in the New York City Public Schools and in Washington, D.C. As a consultant he has worked in museum science education, several technology and design corporations, with the Chicago Public Schools Office of Math and Science and for nine years as a reading specialist in Chicago, Illinois.