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My name is Maria Losee and I’m the Literacy Maven.Welcome to my blog! A maven is defined by Webster’s dictionary as an expert or connoisseur. While I do know a considerable amount about literacy, the part that appealed to me the most about this definition was “connoisseur.” I am an avid reader of professional texts about literacy instruction, as well as literature and  nonfiction that is not necessarily related to education. I hope to share some of what I’ve “tasted” in my studies around reading and writing instruction and my reading and writing life in this blog. It’s my purpose on this site to invite teachers, and literacy leaders alike, into lively and meaningful conversation around authentic practices in K-12 literacy. As a literacy consultant that travels to schools across the United States, I hope to provide resources and information that educators find relevant and practical in their work with readers and writers. I’m also hoping that you will comment on the blog and share your insights as a way to collaborate virtually.