Thursday, April 19, 2012

Introducing Emily Swan: Guest Blogger and Reading expert

We are so excited to announce a new guest blog series by Emily Swan! Every Friday we will be posting her ideas and thoughts! We are excited to add Emily to our family here at Willow Creek Pediatrics and hope you enjoy this educational information! Welcome EMILY!

         Emily A. Swan received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Reading at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1998. She is a nationally recognized scholar, author, clinical professor, and reading consultant. Her first book, Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI): Engaging classrooms, lifelong learners, was published in 2003. This book outlines a research-based reading framework for engaging kids in reading and teaching them how to become expert readers. She has also authored several articles and book chapters on reading comprehension and engagement at both the elementary and middle school levels.

          Dr. Swan is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education, at the University of Utah She teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses in Reading. Her research interests include motivation and engagement in reading, comprehension, and teacher professional development. She has served on the Utah State Office of Education’s College Reading Endorsement Committee since 1999. She is a member of the International Reading Association and has served as a reviewer from 2002-2005 for The Reading Teacher journal. Dr. Swan has received outstanding teaching awards at both the college level and the university levels from both the University of Utah’s College of Education (2002) and the Associated Students of the University of Utah (2004). She received the Olene Walker Literacy Service Award in 2004.

          Dr. Swan has written and led research grant projects in Salt Lake City at the State level and for SLC School District. She has also worked extensively in the state of Iowa from 2004-2009 to implement CORI in many of their schools in grades 4-9.  CORI has also been implemented in schools in Maryland, Utah, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, and New York. As a former classroom teacher, Dr. Swan focuses her time and energy on teaching classroom teachers how to create engaging classrooms and empower students to become lifelong learners.

          Most recently, Dr. Swan has taught Reading Camps to kids ages 7-18 over the past two summers and during the school year to help them improve their literacy skills. This was a great experiment and was the impetus for developing a new product as a solution to help parents know how to help their kids love reading and improve their reading skills. Dr. Swan is getting ready to launch her latest literacy project in May with her colleague and partner, Michelle Roderick, M.Ed. Together, Emily and Michelle have created a turn-key, research-based FUN solution for busy moms. Emily lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two adorable and busy children.

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