Bill’s Vita

Bill McBride

Dr. William L. McBride

Dr. Bill McBride has worked in a variety of public school and university settings as both a teacher and a consultant. In middle and secondary schools, he has served as a Reading Specialist, an English, Social Studies and Drama teacher, and a gifted and a talented instructor. On the university level, Dr. McBride has assisted in the training and evaluation of middle and secondary English teachers. For fifteen years Bill worked as an editor and National Reading Consultant with McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin Publishing Co., developing both secondary Language Arts and Social Studies materials. He has contributed to highly successful programs that reflect the latest research in teaching reading, literature, and social studies, including The Language of Literature, The Writer's Craft, Language Network, Power Words, World History, The Americans, and Creating America. He is now Author-in-Residence for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. An exciting and inspirational keynote speaker, Bill shares his professional beliefs and teaching strategies at conferences and workshops all over the United States and abroad. His workshops are filled with practical, hands-on activities that teachers can begin using immediately in their classrooms.


  • Author-in-Residence, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
  • International Consultant, Staff Development in Student Engagement, Gender Differences, and Literacy Across the Content Areas.
  • Professional Development Cadre Member, National Middle School Association.
  • National Language Arts Consultant, McDougal Littell/Houghton Mifflin. In-service training and consulting.
  • Author, Entertaining an Elephant—an inspirational novel about teaching and living.
  • Curriculum and Reading Specialist, Department of Defense Dependents School in Bonn, Germany.
  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Masters in Reading, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Specialties: content area reading strategies, brain-based teaching, writing and adolescent literature instruction.

Dr. McBride is the author of numerous books and professional articles, including:

  • What's Happening?, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ©2011.
  • Carrying a Load of Feathers, Pearl Street Press, ©2009.
  • If They Can Argue Well, They Can Write Well: Teaching All Students to Debate, Incentive Publications. ©2008.
  • Building Literacy in Social Studies, with Ron Klemp & Donna Ogle, ASCD, ©2007
  • Reading Toolkit for Social Studies, with Donna Ogle, McDougal Littell, ©2005.
  • "Vocabulary Development for Older Students," McDougal Littell, ©2004.
  • Power Words: A Bridge to Literacy, McDougal Littell, ©2003.
  • Entertaining an Elephant: A Novel About Learning and Letting Go, Pearl Street Press, ©1997.

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