Dr. Monica Riley

COLUMBUS, Miss. – Dr. Monica Riley, chair of the Department of Education at Mississippi University for Women, has been invited to present at the International Literacy Association in Boston, Mass.

Riley, along with two other college professors from University of Mississippi and Belhaven University, conducted a research project with graduating education seniors at their respective universities. The team conducted surveys with education candidates about their knowledge of teaching literacy in K-3 grades. The results of their work and information about how Mississippi is addressing teacher preparation in literacy instruction, along with an overview of a statewide study conducted by the Barksdale Reading Institute, will be presented in July at ILA. The audience will include education professors, superintendents, principals, classroom teachers and other interested individuals.

In addition, an article containing the results of their work, titled “Elementary Teacher Licensure Policy Change: the Impetus to Examine How Elementary Education Candidates are Prepared to Teach Early Reading,” will be published in The Journal of Education and Social Policy in April.

“The state of Mississippi is working to improve literacy education for both pre-service teachers and K-3 students. I hope our work will contribute to this effort,” Riley said.

Riley was also recently invited to be a panelist at the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation in San Diego, Calif. She presented to approximately 150 people, including university faculty from Educator Preparation Programs across the nation. The presentation was about the Dispositions, Attributes and Proficiencies (DAP) interview process for admission to teacher education as researched and created by Sally Ingles from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“The DAP interview is one way that universities can meet the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) standard 3.3. I’m excited to be a part of informing EPPs about this process,” Riley said.


April 15, 2016
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