Post-Grant Reports


Sabbatical Leave Report

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Children's and Young Adult Literature | Curriculum and Instruction | Early Childhood Education | Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education | Online and Distance Education | Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


During my fall 2019 sabbatical, I had the distinct honor to deepen my praxis as a literacy teacher educator. I read deeply in the literature on teaching reading, attended regional workshops on working with students with reading difficulties, observed and dialogued with reading specialists at four elementary schools, and substitute taught as a reading teacher facilitating small-group and one-on-one reading interventions for K-5 students at two local elementary schools. Interwoven with these experiences were opportunities to connect with literacy teacher educators around the state of Oregon. All of this learning on teaching reading led to the creation of a presentation given at Pacific University and revised syllabi, course assignments, course activities, and course assessments for my literacy methods courses, EDUC 401: Teaching Literacy I, and EDUC 402: Teaching Literacy II.

In addition, I completed the Fundamentals of Online Teaching course taught by Jane Wilde deepening my knowledge of pedagogy, specifically online pedagogy which positioned me to be able to effectively pivot to online teaching in March 2020 when the campus shifted all courses to an online format.


This research was conducted as part of a sabbatical leave in 2019.