Pernille Ripp (she/her)

“We hold the future of the world in our hands when we teach children and our teaching should reflect that weight. That is why I teach, so that every child will have the opportunity to live fully realized, to be safe, and to be valued. It starts with us, every day, and how we can give back power to the children in our care and co-create change to live up to the expectations kids have of us.”


Pernille Ripp spends a lot of time observing, reflecting, teaching, and speaking to children in order to create sustainable pathways for other educators to create change in their learning experiences. Born and raised in Denmark but immigrated to America, she is a former 4th and 5th-grade teacher; a current 7th grade English Language Arts teacher; and an author, blogger, and passionate advocate for education. She dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities while maintaining a full-time teaching position.

Pernille’s current research interest is in creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to help students fall in love with literacy again.  She is the author of Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students (Routledge), now in its second edition, Empowered Schools, Empowered Students (Corwin), Reimagining Literacy Through Global Collaboration (Solution Tree), and Passionate Readers (Routledge) focusing on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning.

When not serving as a full-time educator in her classroom, Pernille is a sought-after global speaker. Over the past many years, she has spoken to educators across the United States and on 3 different continents, inspiring the work of more than 10K educators per year.

Pernille is also the founder of The Global Read Aloud. Started in 2010, the free global literacy initiative began with a simple goal: one book to connect the world. Currently, over 1 million students across 85 different countries participate every year. Their participation is facilitated by a community of over 40K educators and literacy advocates from around the world, ranging from classroom teachers to district leaders. This community of passionate educators is on the cutting edge of practices led by Pernille’s vision and leadership for better literacy practices around the world. 

These days, Pernille calls Madison, Wisconsin home, where when she is not teaching, you can find her surrounded by her four energetic and amazing kids, lovely husband, and with a book in her hand.

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