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Cynthia Shanahan Interview  -  November 7, 2011, 9:45 a.m. cs Voice of Literacy Webcast

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[Dr. Cynthia Shanahan]

Dr. Cynthia Shanahan
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, Council on
University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Education

Cynthia Shanahan is a professor of Literacy, Language and Culture, Executive Director of the Council on Teacher Education, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). In her role as professor, she prepares pre-service and in-service teachers to teach middle and high school literacy. Before becoming a professor, she taught for in K-8 schools in California, Guam, Colorado, Arizona, and Georgia as an elementary teacher, special education teacher, and reading specialist. She received an EdD in Reading Education from the University of Georgia in 1984, and taught at Georgia State (1984-1986) and the University of Georgia (1986-2000). At the University of Georgia, she taught college students to meet the reading and study demands of their college courses of study. She was also a principal investigator in the National Reading Research Center, an OERI-funded center for the study of literacy and studied the role of text in learning science and history. Her research and teaching interests are in adolescent literacy, including disciplinary literacy. Specifically, she is interested in how students’ knowledge of the discourses and practices in a particular subject matter (e.g. history or science) influences their ability to comprehend and critically think about text information. She has extensive publications, including the book "Learning from Text Across Conceptual Domains" (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates). Though a project funded by the Carnegie Corporation, she has investigated the differences in the disciplines in the ways they approach reading and writing. Currently, she is working on Project READi, an IES funded Reading for Understanding grant studying argumentation in science, history, and literature in grades 6-12. Additionally, she is involved in a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Quality grant to improve the preparation of teachers in science, mathematics, and literacy.


[Dr. Betsy Baker]

Dr. Betsy Baker
Professor of Literacy Studies
Department of Learning, Teaching and Curriculum, University of Missouri

Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) Baker is a Professor of Literacy Studies at the University of Missouri. Dr. Baker's research interests include integration of literacy and technology, new literacies, future literacies, 21st century literacies, multimedia case-based instruction in teacher education, and sociocognition in teacher education, literacy, and new literacies.


Voice of Literacy host, Dr. Betsy Baker, interviews Dr. Cynthia Shanahan, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Executive Director, Council on Teacher Education (CTE); Professor of Literacy, Language, and Culture at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education.

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