Vivian Mihalakis is a Senior English Language Arts Fellow at the Institute for Learning. She joined the IFL in 2005. Her work includes designing educative English language arts curriculum, assessments, and professional development. Vivian has worked with educators in public school districts from coast to coast, including Boston, Fort Worth, Dallas, Half Hollow Hills, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, and Pittsburgh. Vivian led the design of the high school prototype performance assessments and instructional tasks for the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). From 2013-2014, Vivian worked as the Director of Product Development at Inquiry By Design where she led the development of ELA curriculum and professional development.
Vivian has taught in public, private, urban, and rural schools. She's presented at national and international conferences, including the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the International Conference on Learning (ICL). Her recent publications include a chapter in Content Matters: A Disciplinary Literacy Approach to Improving Student Learning and an article in a forthcoming AERA book on sequencing tasks and talk in ELA. Vivian is currently working with David Bartholomae, Stephanie McConachie, and Anthony Petrosky on a textbook for high school students, Reading, Writing, Reasoning, which will be available in 2015 from the Institute for Learning. Vivian holds a doctorate in Education from the University of Pittsburgh.