William S. Roulston

William S. Roulston

William S. Roulston is a consultant, researcher, and author. He works with schools and nonprofits to set up effective intervention programs for struggling adolescent readers, and researches best instructional and institutional practices for them.

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William S. Roulston

William S. Roulston is a consultant, researcher, and author. He focuses on helping schools replicate the success of the turnaround at Granger High School, a high-poverty public school that improved from a 38 percent graduation rate to 90 percent. Will works with schools and nonprofits to set up effective intervention programs for struggling adolescent readers. He also researches best instructional and institutional practices for these learners.

William developed the literacy program for Granger and was a reading teacher and staff development leader in instruction. His experience includes 10 years as a classroom teacher, and he served as writing improvement director for one district and designed the first ESOL program for a reservation school experiencing an influx of migrant workers.

As a consultant, William worked for years as a curriculum generalist in migrant education in Washington State, helping 30 school districts become more effective with English language learners who were also impacted by issues of poverty, mobility, family illiteracy, and cultural differences. He has spoken extensively at conferences and has been an advisor on statewide committees in developing standards in reading and writing. William formed a nonprofit reading foundation to research and disseminate effective practices in 6–12 reading instruction.

He is director and producer of the film DreamRiders, an award-winning documentary that appeared on the Travel Channel. He is a fellow of the National Writing Project.

William earned a bachelor's degree at Washington State University.

Presentation titles by William S. Roulston

  • The Turnaround Road Map: Driving Lessons From a School That Succeeded
  • Raising Reading Levels: What Worked at a High-Poverty School
  • Rewire Reading: An Intervention to Break the Failure Cycle for Low-Skilled Adolescents
  • 100 Percent Parent Engagement: How We Got It and How It Revolutionized Our School