Over the last forty years, Mike Rose has taught in a range of educational settings, from kindergarten to job training and adult literacy programs. He is currently on the faculty of the Social Research Methodology Division of the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Rose has written a number of books and articles on language, literacy, and cognition and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Grawemeyer Award in Education, and the Commonwealth Club of California Award for Literary Excellence in Nonfiction. He has also been honored by the Spencer Foundation, the McDonnell Foundation Program in Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Modern Language Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Academy of Education. He is the author of twelve books including Lives on the Boundary: the Struggles and Achievements of America’s Underprepared, Possible Lives: The Promise of Public Education in America, The Mind at Work: Valuing the Intelligence of the American Worker, An Open Language: Selected Writing on Literacy, Learning, and Opportunity, Why School?: Reclaiming Education for All of Us, and, Back to School: Why Everyone Deserves a Second Chance at Education.