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Paige C. Pullen - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Paige C. Pullen

Research Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Paige C. Pullen is a expert in the field of special education and learning disabilities, specifically in the area of reading.


Paige Cullen Pullen is the chief academic officer at the Lastinger Center for Learning and a research professor at UF. With a rich background in K-12 teaching and a doctorate from UF, she has excelled as a principal investigator, co-authoring influential books, articles, and serving as the executive editor of "Exceptionality: A Special Education Journal." Her research focuses on literacy development and interventions for reading disabilities, and educational outcomes for diverse populations. Her global work extends to Zambia, Botswana, and the United States.

Areas of Expertise (7)

External Funding

Special Education

Reading Disabilities

Early Learning

Reading Instruction

Learning Disabilities


Media Appearances (2)

US Literacy chief to deliver Keynote address at NBRP’s 3rd National Conference on Reading/AGM

Business Hallmark  online


Paige C. Pullen, the Chief Academic Officer and Literacy Principal at the University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning is to deliver the keynote address at the 3rd National Conference on Reading and Annual General Meeting, AGM of the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Culture Promoters in Nigeria, NBRP.

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Launched in Pinellas, early literacy program becomes model for Florida school districts

83 Degrees  online


The Pinellas Education Foundation and 83 Degrees Media have an underwriting agreement in place to spotlight Education Foundation programs that work toward equitable education achievement, economic prosperity and future success for all. The first story in the series profiles the Pinellas Early Literacy Initiative, which the Pinellas Education Foundation launched in collaboration with Pinellas County Schools.

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Articles (3)

Using professional learning to foster distributed leadership and equity of voice and promote higher quality in Early childhood education

Professional Development in Education

Mary Bratsch-Hines, et. al


High-quality early childhood education (ECE) can improve children’s educational trajectories. However, the ECE field globally faces challenges that compromise its quality, with COVID-19 childcare closures further intensifying complexities. One solution to improve ECE working conditions is to use a distributed leadership framework to create professional learning opportunities that enhance staff interactions and equity of voice (staff input/investment).

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Creeping Normality: Special Education’s Problem of a New Normal

Journal of Disability Policy Studies

James M. Kauffman, et. al


Many alternative opinions about how best to respond educationally to the reality of human diversity in abilities are possible. Opinions and rhetoric now dominant seem to us inimical to a thriving, vibrant, effective special education. We see trends in concepts or ideas, policies, and publications that we believe could lead slowly but inevitably to special education’s diminishment and eventual demise.

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Exceptional learners: An introduction to special education


Daniel P Hallahan, et. al


Exceptional Learners focuses on the characteristics of students with exceptionalities and proven classroom practices that help meet their individual needs. It examines the psychological, sociological and medical aspects of disabilities and giftedness, giving both general and special educators a solid introduction to current special education theory, research and practice. Real-world stories and features help you develop a more sensitive understanding of exceptional learners and their families.

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