Jim Burke is the renowned author of numerous bestselling titles, including the English Teacher’s Companion, Fourth Edition and What’s the Big Idea? He always tries to answer the question “How can we teach our students better?” and seeks these answers daily through his work in his own classroom at Burlingame High School in California, where he still teaches after twenty years.
As part of his commitment to helping teachers and learning how to use the latest technologies, he founded the English Companion Ning, described by Education Week as “the world’s largest English department” and winner of several Edublog Awards for Best Social Network for Education.
Jim serves on several national commissions related to adolescent literacy and standards, including the Advanced Placement English Literature and Language Course and Exam Review Commission with the College Board and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) where he serves on the Content Technical Working Group, which advises PARCC on the national assessments being developed for the Common Core State Standards. In addition, he is a senior author on the Holt McDougal Harcourt Literature series.