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Dana Robertson

Associate Professor of Elementary & Early Childhood Education

Executive Director of Literacy Research Center & Clinic

163 Literacy Research Center and Clinic | 307-766-2367 |

B.A. Berklee College of Music 1996
M.Ed. University of Massachusetts 2001
Developmental Studies: Literacy and Language, Boston University 2012

Dissertation: Teacher Talk: Transcript Analysis as a Method of Improving Comprehension Strategies Instruction


Current Research and Outreach Projects:

Teacher education; literacy coaching; video-based self-reflection; classroom discourse; struggling learners; comprehension instruction

Courses Taught:

EDEL 4309: Elementary Literacy Education: Methods

EDEL 4500: Elementary Literacy Education: Residency

EDCI 5750: Research in Literacy Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Part I

EDCI 5755: Research in Literacy Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Part II

EDCI 5890: Directed Professional Study: Clinical Assessment and Instruction of Reading and Writing Difficulties




Paratore, J.R., & Robertson, D.A. (2013). Talk that teaches: Using strategic talk to help students achieve the Common Core (Teaching Practices that Work Series). New York: Guilford Press.    

Book Chapters

Ford-Connors, E., Robertson, D.A., Leighton, C., Paratore, J.R., & Proctor, C.P., Carney, M. (in press). Comprehension instruction within the context of the Common Core Standards. In S.R. Parris & K. Headley (Eds.), Comprehension instruction: Research-based practices (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Journal Articles

Ford-Connors, E., Dougherty, S., Robertson, D.A., & Paratore, J.R. (in press). Mediating complex texts for the upper grades: Motivation and engagement, intensity, and cognitive   challenge. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.

Robertson, D.A., Ford-Connors, E., & Paratore, J.R. (2014). Coaching teachers’ talk during vocabulary and comprehension instruction. Language Arts, 91(6).

Robertson, D.A., Dougherty, S., Ford-Connors, E., & Paratore, J.R. (2014). Re-envisioning instruction: Mediating complex text for older readers. The Reading Teacher, 67(7), 547-559. 

Robertson, D.A. (2013). Teacher talk: One teacher’s reflections during comprehension strategies instruction. Reading Psychology, 34(6), 523-549. DOI:10.1080/02702711.2012.660303

Grimaldi, S., & Robertson, D.A. (2011). One district's RTI journey and IRA's guiding principles: The roads converge.  New England Reading Association Journal, 47(1), 18-26.

Assistant Professor Dana Robertson with blue checkered collared shirt
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