Barbara J. Ehren, Ed.D. is a Professor at the University of Central Florida and Director of a doctoral program which focuses on language and literacy for struggling learners. Prior to this position she was a research scientist with the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) where her emphasis was on strategic reading for adolescents, collaboration among professionals in schools, and school-wide literacy initiatives in secondary schools, including Response to Intervention (RTI). Her experience includes many years in public schools as a speech-language pathologist, teacher and district administrator. She serves on many committees and editorial boards, including the Advisory Board of the RTI Action Network and the International Reading Association Commission on RTI. She has a special interest in assisting school systems to build capacity at the school level for more effective literacy programs for diverse learners. A recurrent theme of her work is shared responsibility for literacy acquisition. She is a frequent consultant to states, school districts and professional associations on RTI related issues. She has authored several publications on RTI, including Response to Intervention: An Action Guide for School Leaders (2009).