Lindsay Clare Matsumura

Dr. Lindsay Clare Matsumura is a Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading. She holds a joint-appointment as a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, where she co-directs the Institute for Learning. Her research centers around literacy instruction and learning. She is especially interested in understanding processes of teacher learning to enact dialogic instruction through remote literacy coaching, the use of artificial intelligence to improve formative feedback and students’ text-based argument writing, and the integration of reading and writing in both face-to-face and online classrooms. The results of her research have been published in both scholarly and practitioner-focused journals such as the Reading Teacher and the Learning Professional (JSD). She also has published a book for teachers focused on developing high-quality writing assignments.

Instructional Interests

  • EDUC 3005 Policy as a Lever for Change
  • EDUC 3205 First Year Seminar for PhD Students
  • LSAP 3095 Learning Technology
  • LSAP 3095 Academic Writing Seminar
  • LSAP 3095 Learning Policy and Educational Change
  • LSAP 3095 Professional Learning in the Content Areas
  • TLL 2089 Public Policy for School Leaders: Assessment and Accountability

Scholarly Interests

  • Classroom discourse
  • Text-based argument writing
  • Learning technology (automated writing evaluation)
  • Professional learning
  • Literacy coaching (online and ‘in-person’)

Selected Grants

  • Teacher Learning to Enact Productive Discussions in Mathematics and Literacy. James S. McDonnell Foundation, $2,500,000

  • Response-to-Text Tasks to Assess Students' Use of Evidence and Organization in Writing: Using Natural Language Processing for Scoring Writing and Providing Feedback At-Scale, Institute of Education Sciences, $1,497,000

  • For Argument’s Sake: Applying Questioning the Author Techniques to Support Comprehension and Composition of Written Arguments, Institute of Education Sciences, $1,495,000

  • Web-Mediated Professional Development for High-Quality Reading Comprehension Instruction, Institute of Education Sciences, $1,495,000

  • Content-Focused Coaching for High-Quality Reading Instruction, Institute of Education Sciences, $2,946,865

Featured Publications

  • Correnti, R., Matsumura, L.C., Walsh, M.W., Zook-Howell, D., & Bickel, D.D. (in press). Effects of Online Content-Focused Coaching on discussion quality and reading achievement: Building theory for how coaching develops teachers’ adaptive expertise. Reading Research Quarterly.

  • Zook-Howell, D., Matsumura, L.C., Walsh, M.W., Correnti, R., & Bickel, D.D. (2020). Developing adaptive expertise at facilitating dialogic text discussions. Reading Teacher.

  • Walsh, M.W., Matsumura, L.C., Zook-Howell, D., Correnti, R., & Bickel, D. D. (2020). Video-based literacy coaching to develop teachers’ professional vision for dialogic classroom text discussions. Teaching and Teacher Education.

  • Wang, E. L., Matsumura, L. C., Correnti, R., Litman, D., Zhang, H., et al (2020). eRevis(ing): Students’ revision of text evidence use in an automated writing evaluation system. Assessing Writing.

  • Correnti, R., Matsumura, L.C., Wang, E., Litman, D., Rahimi, Z., & Kisa, Z. (2019). Automated scoring of students’ use of text evidence in writing. Reading Research Quarterly

Awards and Honors

Council of Graduate Students in Education, University of Pittsburgh, Extra Mile Award for Mentoring, 2012

Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service

  • Member, Executive Committee of the Learning Forward Foundation

  • Editorial board member, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis

  • Co-Director, Institute for learning
Lindsay Clare Matsumura


University of Pittsburgh
5807 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

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