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Patricia Edwards - Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI, US

Patricia Edwards

Professor of Teacher Education and Literacy | Michigan State University


Patricia Edwards is an expert in early/emergent/intergenerational literacy, family engagement, diversity issues



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Dr. Patricia A. Edwards, a member of the Reading Hall Fame is a Professor of Language and Literacy in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. A nationally and internationally recognized expert in parent involvement, home, school, community partnerships, multicultural literacy, early literacy, and family/intergenerational literacy, especially among poor and minority children. She served as a member of the IRA Board of Directors from 1998–2001, and in 2006-2007 as the first African American President of the Literacy Research Association (formerly the National Reading Conference), and as the 2010-2011 President of the International Reading Association. She has published articles in highly refereed journals, authored two nationally acclaimed family literacy programs: Parents as Partners in Reading: A Family Literacy Training Program and Talking Your Way to Literacy: A Program to Help Nonreading Parents Prepare Their Children for Reading as well as seven books. Her books on family/parent involvement include: A Path to Follow: Learning to Listen to Parents, Tapping the Potential of Parents: A Strategic Guide to Boosting Student Achievement Through Family Involvement, Children literacy development: Making It Happen Through School, Family, and Community Involvement and New Ways to Engage Parents: Strategies and Tools for Teachers and Leaders.

Industry Expertise (1)


Areas of Expertise (7)

ELL Learners

Urban Education

Literacy Education

Family Engagement

Family, Community and School Partnerships

Diverse Learners and Educational Equity

Elementary Education

Education (4)

University of Wisconsin-Madison: Ph.D., Reading Education, Educational Administration

Dissertation: An investigation of English teachers' knowledge of reading techniques and their observed teaching methods

North Carolina A & T University: M.S., Elementary Education

Duke University: Ed.S., Reading Education

Albany State College: B.S., Elementary Education

Journal Articles (3)

Assessing the New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension: An Informative Interview With W. Ian O'Byrne, Lisa Zawilinski, J. Greg McVerry, and Donald J. Leu at the University of Connecticut

The Reading Teacher

Kouider Mokhtari, Angel Kymes, Patricia Edwards

2011 The constantly changing nature of literacy, brought about by the Internet and other forms of information and communication technologies (ICTs), has pressed researchers and practitioners to seek new ways of addressing the complexities of reading comprehension and writing on and with the Internet. In this brief interview, members of the New Literacies Research Lab share valuable insights on the assessment of the new literacies of online reading comprehension.

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Making Instructional Decisions Based on Data: What, How, and Why

The Reading Teacher

Kouider Mokhtari, Catherine A. Rosemary, Patricia A. Edwards

2011 A carefully coordinated literacy assessment and instruction framework implemented school‐wide can support school teams in making sense of various types of data for instructional planning. Instruction that is data based and goal driven sets the stage for continuous reading and writing improvement.

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Balancing the Assessment of Learning and for Learning in Support of Student Literacy Achievement

The Reading Teacher

Patricia A. Edwards, Jennifer D. Turner, Kouider Mokhtari

2011 There is a delicate balance between the assessment of learning and assessment for learning. The recommendations included in this Assessment department may be useful for teachers working to achieve this balance and find a more accurate and complete understandings of students' literacy strengths and needs.

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