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Ms. Hammond is a national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. She is a former high school and community college expository writing instructor. She holds a Masters of Arts in English Education, with a concentration in Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

She is passionate about the intersectionality of equity, literacy, and culturally responsive teaching as a way to help schools and districts close opportunity and learning gaps for under-served students. Her current interests are around secondary literacy, especially vocabulary development through engaging, student-centered word study.

Zaretta is a native San Franciscan, but also has deep Southern roots in Alabama, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Her grandparents came to San Francisco from Louisiana in 1940. She attended public schools in the San Francisco Unified School District as well as community college before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley. She graduated from New York University in New York City (where she transferred once her partner attended Columbia Law School). She’s the parent of 2 adult children and has been married for 34 years.

For more information on Zaretta, check out her website, purchase her books, or follow her on Twitter  and Instagram!

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