Prior to becoming the Director of the California Reading & Literature Project in 2017, George Ellis worked as a Teacher of Special Programs for the School of Education and as the Program Lead for Elementary Education for CRLP at UC Berkeley from 2012-2017. In his role as Director, he oversees CRLP’s annual Teacher Leadership Invitational, collaborates with local school districts to support the implementation of evidence-based reading initiatives, and serves as an educational consultant on projects focused on continuous improvement and multi-tiered systems of support. He leads professional development for educators around the Science of Reading, Academic Language & Literacy Instruction, the California Dyslexia Guidelines, and Spanish-English Biliteracy Transfer. George has also worked as a contributing author, consulting author, and editor for three of CRLP’s signature programs: Results for English Learners (REL), Content Area Language and Literacy (CALL), and Results: Academic Language and Literacy Instruction (RALLI).
Originally from the Bay Area, George Ellis graduated from UC Berkeley in 1998 with a BA in International and Area Studies and later from the San Francisco State Graduate School of Education with a BCLAD bilingual multiple-subject teaching credential. Upon entering the world of elementary education, he began teaching Kindergarten at Belle Air Elementary school in his hometown of San Bruno for more than 17 years. In addition to his experiences as a bilingual classroom teacher, George has also worked as a Reading Coach, New Teacher Mentor, and Professional Development Coordinator for the San Bruno Park School District.
George has a passion for reading and literacy instruction, and is extremely excited to share his knowledge and expertise with the BSE community, as well as the larger community of educators and teacher leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Interests and Professional Affiliations
Dyslexia and Reading Science
Equity and Diversity
Literacy and Social Justice
Professional Development for Educators
Teacher Leadership Development