Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leading
I am a teacher educator and educational researcher whose interests include comprehension and learning from text, disciplinary literacy, and vocabulary. I am particularly focused on discussion about informational texts. I investigate how teacher educators can engage teachers in planning and enacting those discussions so that students learn not only the text content but also how that content is presented.
I teach courses in the reading specialist certification program including:
- IL 2211: Comprehension and Vocabulary
- IL 2218: Literacy Practicum for Adolescent Students
I teach a course in the CASE program:
- IL 1209: Reading/Writing Methods 2: Grades 2-4
I also teach courses in the EdD and PhD programs.
I was a co-investigator on a Spencer Foundation grant, Promoting Disciplinary Literacy and Learning through Multisource Text Inquiries: An Instructional Study of Middle School Learners, secured by B-Y. Cho and E. Rainey (2018-2019).
Recent publications related to disciplinary literacy in history include the following:
- Kucan, L., & Cho, B-Y. (2018). “Were there any black people in Johnstown?” An investigation of culturally relevant pedagogy in service of supporting disciplinary literacy learning in history. Urban Education. https://doi.org/10.1177/0042085918804011
- Kucan, L., Rainey, E., & Cho, B-Y. (2018). Engaging middle school students in disciplinary literacy through culturally relevant historical inquiry. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. https://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.940
Awards and Honors
I was selected by the International Literacy Association to serve on the search committee for the new editorial team of Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
Engagement, Partnerships, and Professional Service
I currently serve on the editorial boards of Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and Impacting Education, a publication of the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED).