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A former middle school reading/English language arts teacher in San Antonio (Southwest ISD) with a B.A. (Trinity University) and M.A. (Texas A&M University) in English, Dr. Gwynne Ellen Ash earned her Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of Georgia. Dr. Ash joined Texas State as an experienced Assistant Professor in 2004, was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2007, and was promoted to Professor in 2013.
Dr. Ash teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate literacy methods courses. She has won awards for her teaching, research, and service. She formerly served as the program coordinator and advisor for the M.Ed. in Reading/Reading Specialist program and as a faculty senator. Her research interests include children's and young adult literature, young adolescents who struggle with school-based literacies, and frameworks for literacy instruction.
Dr. Ash is currently one of the Co-Editors of English in Texas, the award-winning, peer-reviewed journal of the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (TCTELA, an affiliate of NCTE). She was also recently elected to the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association (ILA)—the largest literacy organization in the world. ILA is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers, and experts across 75 countries.
RDG 3312 Reading and Writing Instruction for Children with Special Needs Course focuses on classroom reading instruction for students not making average progress in literacy. Course topics: nature and identification of literacy difficulties, including dyslexia; modification of instruction for children with special needs; diagnostic teaching; teacher/program effectiveness; and legal requirements of special populations.
RDG 3315 Assessing Literacy Students will understand principles of literacy assessment to guide literacy instruction for all children, including culturally and linguistically diverse students, and plan appropriate instruction in a field-based setting.
RDG 4310 Content Reading Course provides information about instruction in the elementary and middle school content areas with emphasis on the effective use of textbooks and tradebooks. Course topics include: nature and purpose of content instruction and reading, text selection, use of tradebooks, comprehension, inquiry learning and problem solving, and assessment and meeting individual needs in content reading.
RDG 5310 Teaching Literacy with Children’s and Young Adult Literature in the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Schools Course focuses on current research and methods for using children’s and young adult literature, including multicultural literature for literacy instruction in grades EC-12. Students will explore different genres and evaluate and select literature for instruction across the curriculum.
RDG 5322 Teaching Reading in the Elementary and Middle Schools Course focuses on effective literacy instruction in elementary and middle schools, including the following areas: word identification, spelling, word study, vocabulary instruction, comprehension strategy instruction, fluency, critical literacy, and engagement. The course examines reading curricula, instructional assessment, and selection of material.
RDG 5326 Developmental Literacy in the Middle and Secondary Schools Course focuses on effective literacy instruction for middle- and secondary-school students who struggle with literacy. The course also addresses reading curricula and instruction, assessment, and materials selection.
RDG 5345 Assessment-Driven Literacy Instruction Course focuses on classroom literacy assessment, interpretation of assessment results, and designing and implementing effective literacy instruction based on assessment results. Course concentrates on the special needs of individual readers within the classroom setting and includes interpretation of formal assessments.
RDG 6333 Reading Specialist Internship II: Designing and Evaluating Literacy Professional Development in Schools Students will complete an internship in a school setting. Course will include interpreting assessment data, literacy research, and policies in order to design and deliver professional development for literacy assessment and instruction. Students will demonstrate competencies for Reading Specialist Certification.
Selected Published Works:
Teaching Readers Who Struggle: A Pragmatic Middle School Framework