Eric Kraft

 
 

Profile

experienced writer and editor specializing in educational projects

seeking part-time, temporary, and freelance assignments


  1. Skills

writing • editing • copyediting • book design and production • ePub design and production

inDesign • PhotoShop • DreamWeaver • iBooks Author


  1. FREELANCE PROJECTS

  2. Read 180 Literacy Intervention Assessment (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015–2016): edited quizzes, guided and advised assessment writers

    1. New Beginnings (financial literacy program for low-income families: Family Promise, 2014): created, wrote, designed, and illustrated

    2. Just Neighbors (interactive multimedia curriculum about poverty and homelessness: Family Promise, 2003–2013): wrote and edited portions of the presenter's guide and participant materials, consulted on the content and form of audio and video materials, consulted on direct-mail promotional campaign, write, edited, and revised subsequent editions

    3. Strategy Central for the Active Reader (Amsco, 2007): revised and expanded reading-skills text

    4. FCAT Writing+ Preparation Book (Amsco, 2007): revised and expanded preparation book for Florida standardized tests

    5. Hampton Brown Literature (Hampton Brown, 2006): created prototype and wrote lessons for literature program

    6. Best Practices in Reading (Options Publishing, 2005): wrote fiction and nonfiction lessons

    7. Reading with Purpose (Glencoe McGraw-Hill, 2005): developed prototype lessons

    8. Writing Voyage Online (2,000-page online writing resource: Pearson Longman, 2002–2004): planned and edited

    9. ReadingWise (eight-book adult literacy series: New Readers Press, 2002): created the instructional design, analyzed competing programs, created prototypes, wrote model lessons, and wrote or edited all content, supervising all aspects of the out-of-house editorial development

    10. Clifford the Big Red Dog Website (PBS and Scholastic, 1999–2001): produced this site for PBS and Scholastic Entertainment; wrote specs and copy for original games and Flash animation to meet specific educational and entertainment objectives; developed and conceptualized designs of user interface and navigation; consulted with production department on implementation of design documents and scripts; wrote promotional materials for marketing department; edited copy for adult areas of the site

    11. Help Your Child in School (The Institute for Academic Excellence, 1999): wrote collection of tips for parents

    12. Glencoe Literature, Grades 6–12 (Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1999): wrote author profiles and writing workshops for student anthologies; wrote, edited, and copy-edited writing skills duplicating masters; wrote, edited, and copy-edited writing skills transparencies; wrote, edited, and copy-edited selection vocabulary practice duplicating masters; created instructional design for, wrote, and edited Writer’s Assistant interactive CD-ROM writing software; designed, researched, wrote, and edited Glencoe Literature Web site

    13. 44 Routines That Make a Difference: Strategies for the Effective Classroom (The Institute for Academic Excellence, 1999): wrote collection of tips for elementary-school teachers

    14. Literacy Place (spelling homework package for reading series: Scholastic, 1996): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing; managed and coordinated design and production services

    15. Success in Writing (workbooks for secondary-school students performing below grade level: Globe Fearon, 1996): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing; managed and coordinated design and production services for all levels

    16. The Writer’s Solution (CD-ROM writing software for grades 6–12: Prentice Hall, 1995): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing; wrote and edited guided lessons in writing of reports, narrative, exposition, persuasion, poetry, drama, description, responses to literature, and practical and technical writing for all levels; wrote and edited clinic lessons in grammar, usage, and style for all levels

    17. CD’s Story Time (reading software for primary grades: Houghton Mifflin, 1993): CD-ROM wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of interactive stories and instructional activities

    18. Skills Bank Spelling (interactive spelling instruction software: Skills Bank, 1992): researched, wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing at all levels

    19. Houghton Mifflin Reading (Houghton Mifflin, 1987-1988, 1989, 1991): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of Minibooks, edited Presenter’s Guide for the Inservice Program, edited sixteen Teacher’s Resource Notebooks, designed, wrote, and programmed sixteen Resource Disks to accompany Teacher’s Resource Notebooks

    20. Comprehension Skills Series (Jamestown Publishers, 1990): revised two levels, wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of new third level of thirty comprehension-skills texts intended for high school and college students; designed and developed accompanying software

    21. Prentice Hall Literature Program (Prentice Hall Allyn & Bacon, 1988, 1989): wrote material for the teacher’s resource book, computer test bank, texts, and teacher’s editions of the sixth- and seventh-grade levels

    22. The Economy Reading Series (The Economy Company, 1985): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of student texts, teachers’ manuals, and workbooks for primary levels of basal reading series

    23. TR Reading Comprehension Series (Teaching Resources Corporation, 1983): conceived, designed, developed, wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of and arranged and coordinated field testing of reading comprehension series for students reading well below grade level and students with learning disabilities in grades 2-7; series comprises six student texts with instruction and practice and teacher’s guides; also managed design, illustration, and production

    24. Fokes Written Language Program (Teaching Resources Corporation, 1982): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of eight books of stories for students with language disabilities; stories were written to conform to vocabulary and syntactical constraints

    25. Ginn Reading Program (Ginn and Company, 1982): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of four workbooks and accompanying teachers’ manuals for primary levels of basal reading series

    26. Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, Webster’s Intermediate Dictionary, Webster’s High School Dictionary (Ginn and Company, 1981): wrote introductions, exercises to teach dictionary skills, and accompanying teachers’ manuals for school editions

    27. Basic Skills in English (McDougal, Littell, 1980, 1984, 1989): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of six texts and accompanying workbooks in grammar and composition series for secondary-school students reading below grade level

    28. Keys to Reading (The Economy Company, 1980): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of six elementary-level workbooks to accompany basal reading series

    29. Tune in to Health (Cebco Standard Publishing, 1980): revised and edited third edition of secondary-level text

    30. Skills and Drills (McDougal, Littell, 1979): wrote prototypes, models, and substantial portions of the manuscripts; directed and edited all other writing of four secondary-level vocabulary and sentence improvement workbooks

    31. The Vistas Program (Houghton Mifflin, 1979): edited, copy-edited, read proof for, and prepared indexes for five teachers’ guides and workbooks in secondary-level remedial reading series

    32. The Keytext Program (The Economy Company, 1978-1980): planned and directed editorial development of reading series for grades K-8 (50 titles); recruited freelance writing team, coordinated their efforts, made all writing assignments, consulted with titular authors, developed controlled vocabulary and refined instructional strategies, edited teachers’ guides and workbooks, edited all text material and accompanying tests

    33. Building English Skills (McDougal, Littell, 1977-1979, 1983) and McDougal, Littell English (1989): wrote chapters on dictionary skills, vocabulary development, writing compositions and research papers, the history of English, and clear thinking for English series spanning grades three through twelve

    34. The American Classics Series (McDougal, Littell, 1977): wrote vocabulary development exercises for set of nine simplified editions of American novels


  3. Education AND AWARDS

    1. Harvard College: B. A. cum laude in English, 1965

    2. Harvard University Graduate School of Education: M. A. T. in English, 1966


  4. EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

    1. Editorial Director, Kraft & Kraft Editorial Services (1975–present): my duties have included management of all editorial aspects of the business; budgeting publishing projects; writing specifications for publishing projects; recruiting freelance writers and editors; training freelance writers and editors; establishing and maintaining style sheets; scheduling; monitoring and maintaining schedules and budgets; writing and editing art specifications; writing, editing, and copy-editing manuscripts; proofreading; reviewing and approving designs, layouts, and illustrations; promotion; marketing; advertising; desktop publishing; website development and management; video scripting and production

    2. Senior Editor, Project Manager, Language Arts, Ginn and Company (1973-1975): directed all phases of manuscript development for program in high school English, with responsibility for fourteen titles, including financial analysis, personnel allocation, scheduling, and supervision of editors

    3. Associate Editor, Reading, D. C. Heath (1971-1973): content editor for sixth level of reading program

    4. Editor, Language Arts, Ginn and Company (1968-1971): designed structure of elementary language arts program, including texts and all ancillary materials, directed all phases of project, conducted author-editor conferences, supervised staff of editors, planned field test program, planned elective-course program in high school English, coordinated preliminary work of authors and editorial staff

    5. Teacher of English, Reading Specialist: Arlington, Massachusetts (1966-1967) and Winchester, Massachusetts (1967-1968)