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JU School of Education’s Tammy Ryan to present at prestigious literacy research conference

JU Education Prof. Tammy Ryan Ph.D. is set to present at the Literacy Research Association National Conference Dec. 4-7 in Dallas.

JU's Dr. Tammy Ryan

Ryan, program director of the new online M.Ed in Reading Education degree program, has been invited with five other U.S. reading professors to discuss ways they are moving master-level programs to online formats. The presentation, titled, “Going Boldly? Moving Reading Education Courses to Hybrid and Online Formats,” shares how technology and new literacies can enhance learning beyond a traditional classroom experience.

“When done well, online can be as productive as face-to-face formats. Research is beginning to show how online video reflections can enhance teacher practice,” Ryan said.

Another presentation titled “Using Video Assessment of Teacher Knowledge and Skills” reports findings of the design of an assessment protocol to use in the future across the nation that measures reading teachers/specialists’ abilities to analyze student reading. This protocol is designed with greater content and construct validity than current assessments used to measure teacher knowledge and skills.  Ryan and six other U.S. reading professors will present findings of this longitudinal study.

Ryan will also present a recent chapter published in Advanced Literacy Practices: From the Clinic to the Classroom titled “Designing an Off Campus Reading Clinic.” This presentation will highlight ways Ryan and SOE students offer reading instruction to K-5 urban children at an after-school community-based program during a reading methods course.

LRA is a community of literacy scholars dedicated to promote research that enriches knowledge, understanding and development of lifespan literacies in a multicultural and multilingual world. Ryan has presented at LRA since 2004.

To learn more about the M.Ed in Reading Education and how the program prepares teachers of reading to make positive differences in K-12 children’s literacy experiences, particularly with struggling readers, adolescent learners and special needs students, visit M.Ed. in Reading Education.  The program is accepting students for the 2014 Summer A cohort. Contact Ryan for program details at tryan2@ju.edu or Diana Peaks, JU Graduate Admissions, at dpeaks@ju.edu.