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Ambitious Literacy Education

Nell Duke, Ed.D.

Nell Duke, Ed.D.

May 2, 2017


Too many students of low socioeconomic status (SES) experience low expectations and low-level literacy education. In this presentation, Duke will describe ambitious literacy education, with a particular focus on examples from classrooms serving large numbers of students from low-SES backgrounds. Project-based learning will be offered as one example of an (at least potentially) ambitious approach to developing literacy.

Nell K. Duke is a professor in literacy, language, and culture and in the combined program in education and psychology at the University of Michigan. Duke’s work focuses on early literacy development, particularly among children living in poverty. She has served as Co-Principal Investigator of projects funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation, among other organizations. In 2014, Duke was awarded the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award from the Literacy Research Association. She has also received awards from the American Educational Research Association, the International Reading Association, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Duke’s most recent book is Inside Information: Developing Powerful Readers and Writers of Informational Text through Project-based Instruction. She currently serves as editor of The Research-Informed Classroom book series and co-editor of the Not This, But That book series. Duke has a strong interest in improving the quality of educational research training in the U.S. Her Twitter handle is @nellkduke.