Examining Agency in Picture Books

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New article! Examining Agency in Children’s Nonfiction Picture Books Here’s a great piece about how student agency intersects with subjects in nonfiction children’s picture books. You can access the full text via Researchgate / Springer, listed on my researchgate page. One of my favorite things about this research was exploring how picture books can help […]

Themed issue on Student Agency in Theory Into Practice

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Student agency: Theoretical implications for practice [themed journal issue]. Editor position, Theory Into Practice 59(2). Please visit this site to read the articles on student agency for a themed issue on student agency for Theory Into Practice. I served as the guest editor for this issue and it was an honor to work with so […]

Podcasts on Adaptive Teaching and Student Agency

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Recent podcasts about my research. Please visit this resource developed by Jake Downs for the Teaching Literacy Podcast. In the following podcasts, I discuss two of my recent papers and the value of adaptive teaching and student agency in today’s classrooms. You can visit my research site here to find the links to the podcasts: […]

Guided Reading Library Project

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The Guided Reading Library is a free, digital collection of published books developed by Margaret Vaughn and created by practicing classroom teachers, undergraduate and graduate students, and elementary students. The goal of this project is to support literacy across the Pacific Northwest and other regions that have a high percentage of high poverty districts that […]

Making sense of student agency in the early grades in Phi Delta Kappan

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Description: The call for developing student agency is needed now more than ever in schools, and current educational reform efforts would be enhanced if policymakers and administrators would recognize the potential of student agency. By providing educational contexts in which agency can be nurtured, educators create contexts where students are in charge of their learning […]

Adaptive Teaching During Reading Instruction: A Multi-Case Study in Reading Psychology

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Adaptive teaching is considered a cornerstone of effective literacy teaching. Research has explored this dynamic aspect of classroom instruction and has found that given recent educational reform efforts implementing adaptive teaching during reading instruction has been particularly difficult. This study examined a yearlong inquiry of teacher adaptability during reading instruction across six classrooms in two […]

First Dual-Language Textbooks Bring Nez Perce Culture to Classroom

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Assistant Professor Margaret Vaughn was instrumental in a project that created the Nez Perce Tribe’s first dual-language textbooks for the Lapwai School District. The students themselves helped make them. Vaughn developed the project with a small cohort of Lapwai teachers, whom she met with monthly during the 2012-13 school year, to help them increase cultural […]

Adaptive Teaching: Reflective Practice of Literacy Instruction

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Adaptive teachers are considered visionary and effective in their teaching. These teachers apply a flexible approach to instruction as they build upon students’ interests and inquiries. However, despite the intuitive and appealing nature of adaptive teaching, there is limited empirical data on teachers’ adaptations and rationales for adapting. Moreover, although adaptive teachers are considered visionary, […]