George Lucas Educational Foundation

Janice Dole

Director, Reading & Literacy Program, Educational Psych, University of Utah

Janice A. Dole (Ph. D., Education, University of Colorado) is Professor of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. After teaching for several years and receiving her masters and Ph.D., Dr. Dole held positions at Michigan State University, the Center for the Study of Reading at the University of Illinois and the University of Denver. She has published widely in the areas of comprehension and conceptual change learning and more recently in professional development and school reform. Her publications include articles in journals such as Reading Research Quarterly, Review of Educational Research, The Elementary School Journal and Reading and Writing Quarterly. She is also co-author of the book, Adolescent Literacy: Research to practice. Dr. Dole has served as a member of the reading development panel for the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP). She also was a panel member of the RAND Reading Study Group on reading comprehension. She also has served on review panels for the Institute of Educational Services (IES) and the National Institute of Child and Human Development. She was a member of the Committee on the Study of Teacher Preparation Programs in the United States spearheaded by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academy of Sciences and a National Reading First consultant on comprehension instruction. In 1996, Dr. Dole began her current interest in school reform in reading and professional development in high-poverty schools. She co-authored Utah’s Reading Excellence Act (REA) for the USOE and was project co-coordinator as well as state technical assistant for the grant from 1999 - 2001. Thereafter, along with two colleagues in special education at the University of Utah, Dr. Dole received the evaluation grant for Utah’s Reading First. Her most recent research interests relates to eliminating the summer reading loss experienced by high-poverty students.


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    Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Professional Resources

    Concluding her three-part series about supporting preservice ELA teachers with videos, guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole lists the professional websites that are her go-to resources on word generation, explicit instruction, graphic organizers and text difficulty.
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    Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: ELA Videos and Webinars

    In the second of three parts, guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole shares the videos she uses to help preservice teachers grasp the nuances of instructing students how to master close reading.
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    Modeling Close Reading for Future Teachers: Why Video Works

    Guest blogger Dr. Janice Dole, a reading and literacy methods instructor, presents her experiences with video in effectively training preservice teachers how to instruct students in the critical skill of close reading.