If you are a believer in synchronicity, as the authors and editor of this book are, you will fully understand the wonderful events mat have happened to make this labor come to fruition. Thanks to Gwen Sonnenburg, the former principal of Horizon Community Middle School, for sharing the vision for STARR and providing the nurturing learning environment to make it happen. Thanks to all those teachers who worked on the STARR team then and now.
Sally Seier is one of the most dedicated professional teachers I have ever had the privilege of working with, and her constant support and long hours in the initial writing of STARR years ago was a gift. Her invaluable contributions during the coauthoring of this book are evident in the final product. She is an amazing colleague and friend.
Over the years of teaching this curriculum we were given feedback from some very special students and parents. In particular, Carla and Kyra Dougherty lent their voices in its ongoing development. Thanks to both of you.
As I learned when I was writing my dissertation, it takes a village to create substantial projects, this book being one of them. Betty J. Morris, Acquisitions Editor for Libraries Unlimited, is one of the very special synchronicities that happened along the way. Thank you for your friendship and resounding enthusiasm about this book. My husband Jim has endured my writing passion for years and it doesn't look like either the passion or the support will fade anytime soon. I appreciate the many cups of tea and neck rubs.
Dee L. Fabry, Ph.D.
Grateful thanks to Kathie Jenkins for her contributions of the Research Roundup unit on research. Her untiring assistance is appreciated by many, but spoken by few.
Also, our heartfelt appreciation to Ami Seier for her joyous approach to adding graphics to our project. (Darn those circles!)
Sally A. Seier, M.A. Ed.