University of Pittsburgh5807 Wesley W. Posvar Hall230 South Bouquet StreetPittsburgh, PA 15260Phone: 412-624-6944Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My research focuses on developing and studying technology-based interventions to improve professional development and reading instruction in urban schools. In fall 2014, I launched an IES-funded research project with Rip Correnti, Donna Bickel and Dena Zook-Howell from the Institute for Learning to develop a web-based professional development system for teachers to improve the quality of reading comprehension instruction. This work is currently being expanded to focus on using web-based technologies to train and support literacy coaches in their work with teachers. In addition to investigating the instrucdtional effects of our programs, we also are interested in understanding how teachers' thinking about their practice develops through structured reflections with a coach on videotapes of their classroom text discussions, and how this reflective practice is linked to improved dialogic reading instruction.
A second strand of my research focuses on assessing and improving students' text-based argument writing skills in the elementary and middle school grades. In 2015 I launched a second study focused on developing a new curricula to support reading comprehension and text-based argument writing in middle schools. This project is with Amy Crosson, Moddy McKeown and Rip Correnti. In 2016 , my colleagues (Diane Litman and Rip Correnti) and I began a third study developing and studying an automated essay scoring system that also provides feedback to students on drafts of their argument essays. Both of these studies also are funded by the Institute for Education Sciences.
University of Pittsburgh
School of Education
5500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
230 South Bouquet Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260