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Paris to lead research committee on English teaching

Paris to lead research committee on English teaching

Django Paris, assistant professor in the Michigan State University Department of Teacher Education, has been appointed chair of the Standing Committee on Research for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His three-year term will begin after the organization’s 2013 Annual Convention scheduled for November 21-26, 2013 in Boston. With 35,000 members worldwide, NCTE… Read More »

Faculty one of two Asian Americans ever elected to LRA board

Faculty one of two Asian Americans ever elected to LRA board

Guofang Li has been elected to the Literacy Research Association’s (LRA) board of directors. Li, an associate professor of second language and literacy education in the Department of Teacher Education, is one of two Asian Americans to ever be elected to the board of directors of the LRA. Li will serve a three-year term. The… Read More »

Vocabulary instruction failing U.S. students

Vocabulary instruction failing U.S. students

Vocabulary instruction in the early years is not challenging enough to prepare students for long-term reading comprehension, argues a study led by a Michigan State University education researcher. The study, which appears in Elementary School Journal, analyzed commonly used reading curricula in U.S. kindergarten classrooms. It found that, generally, the programs do not teach enough… Read More »

Patricia Edwards receives service award

Patricia Edwards receives service award

Professor of teacher education Patricia Edwards has received the Albert J. Kingston Service Award, given each year by the Literacy Research Association (LRA). The award was presented at the association’s annual conference in San Diego, Calif. on Dec. 1, 2012. Edwards is the first African-American to receive the association’s prestigious award. “According to Marian Wright… Read More »

Edwards named to Reading Hall of Fame

Edwards named to Reading Hall of Fame

Patricia Edwards, professor of teacher education at Michigan State University, has been elected into the Reading Hall of Fame for her lifelong efforts to improve literacy, particularly in regards to the role of families and parent involvement. She will be inducted during the annual convention of the International Reading Association (IRA) in Chicago on May… Read More »

EPC report: Reviewing research on teacher preparation

Policymakers hoping to improve teacher preparation in the U.S. have been stymied by a dearth of nationally representative data, as was pointed out in a 2010 report from the National Academy of Science, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy. The Educational Policy Center at Michigan State University took an important step toward more informed… Read More »

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Patricia Cianciolo

In memoriam: Professor Emeritus Patricia Cianciolo

Renowned literacy educator Patricia Cianciolo, professor emeritus in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, died on Jan. 18, 2012. Cianciolo, a faculty member at MSU from 1964 to 1996, was an expert in children’s response to literature and book illustrations, as well as in the teaching and learning of literature in the elementary grades.… Read More »

New book explores teacher response to reforms in literacy education

New book explores teacher response to reforms in literacy education

Changes in education policy, most notably the  mandates of No Child Left Behind, have often forced teachers to reconcile outside expectations with the specific needs of their students and their own professional knowledge and values. Professor of teacher education Susan Florio-Ruane explores how teachers handle those unique situations in a new book, Standing for Literacy:… Read More »

New online resource for improving K-3 reading comprehension

New online resource for improving K-3 reading comprehension

To support efforts to improve reading comprehension for all students, the U.S. Department of Education recently released new resources on Doing What Works, a website that translates research-based practices into practical tools for educators. Nell Duke, professor of language and literacy education at Michigan State University, talks about effective teaching strategies as part of  the… Read More »

Juzwik wins national award for book on narratives in teaching

Juzwik wins national award for book on narratives in teaching

Associate Professor Mary Juzwik has received a national honor from the Literacy Research Association, formerly the National Reading Conference, for her recent book on teaching about the Holocaust through story-telling. Juzwik was presented with the Edward B. Fry Book Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to literacy research and practice, during the association’s annual conference in… Read More »