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Virginia O'Keefe

Dr. Virginia O'Keefe, currently a professor of communication and communication education, was an elementary and secondary language arts teacher for twenty-five years. Her interest in the link between thinking and talk began in the classroom and developed more fully in the New York University graduate program at Oxford, England, where she studied under James Briton, Margaret Meek, John Dixon, and other language arts innovators.

She is a former associate editor of the Speech Communication Teacher, has served as the K-12 chair for two national organizations, has written and evaluated items for the Educational Testing Service National Teacher Examination, and has presented at more than thirty national and regional conferences on the value of speaking for thinking.