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A video interview with

Sharon Walpole, Ph.D.

University of Delaware

Dr. Walpole is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include the design and effects of schoolwide reforms, particularly those involving literacy coaches. She works with literacy coaches, reading specialists, and administrators to build schoolwide systems to support teachers, especially those working for children at risk.

Watch the full webcast, Make Reading Count, featuring Walpole, Isabel Beck, and Nanci Bell discussing the components for developing good reading comprehension skills, identifying potential stumbling blocks, and offering strategies teachers can use in the classroom.

See a selected list of Dr. Walpole's books.

Biography

Dr. Walpole is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. She teaches undergraduate courses on language and literacy development in kindergarten and first grade, master’s courses on content-area reading instruction and on organization and supervision of the reading program, and doctoral seminars on literacy and educational policy.

Walpole designs and studies the effects of professional development on instruction and achievement. Her research interests include the design and effects of schoolwide reforms, particularly those involving literacy coaches. Walpole has extensive school-based experience, including both high school teaching and elementary school administration. She has extensive school-based experience designing and implementing tiered instructional programs.

She works closely with the Reading First initiatives in Delaware, Virginia, and Georgia and is coauthor (with Michael C. McKenna) of The Literacy Coach’s Handbook and Differentiated Reading Instruction, and has written articles in a number of professional journals. In 2007, Walpole received the Early Career Award from the National Reading Conference for Significant Contributions to Literacy Research and Education.

Learn more at Dr. Walpole's website.

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