Susan Neuman - New Director of CIERA
10/25/2001 - Susan B. Neuman, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Education and will lead the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA), as Director of Dissemination and National Leadership. Neuman, an expert in early childhood and literacy education, will guide CIERAs efforts to contribute to the national dialogue on literacy. CIERAs mission is to present research based solutions to persistent problems in the teaching and learning of early reading to the teaching profession and to the public. Its work contributes to achieving the national goal for education: that all children in America will have the opportunity to learn to read independently and well by the end of third grade. Neuman, an author and recognized authority on early literacy, will bring CIERAs message to a broad range of audiences in education, government, and policymaking.
"CIERAs goal is to improve reading achievement for all children, especially those who live in poverty and low income circumstances", says Neuman. " I look forward to working with a very talented and committed group of scholars to address the critical issues we have today in early literacy."
Dr. Neuman comes to CIERA from Temple University where she is a Professor in the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology in Education Department and is Coordinator of the Reading and Language Arts Graduate Program. Her areas of focus include beginning reading and writing, family literacy, and parent involvement. Dr. Neuman has been co-editor of the Journal of Literacy Research, and currently serves on seven editorial boards, including Reading Research Quarterly, Reading Teacher, and Journal of Literacy Research. Her most recent books include Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (NAEYC, 2000), Children Achieving: Best Practices in Early Literacy (1998, International Reading Association), Single-subject Experimental Design: Applications for Literacy (1995), Literacy in the Television Age (Ablex, 1995), and Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (Harcourt Brace, 1993). She is chair of the Publications Committee and a Board Member of the National Reading Conference, the leading research organization in literacy, and President of the Literacy Development for Young Children Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. She is the author of Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children in Early Childhood, a recent study which uncovered evidence that quality books are significantly less available to young children from low income families in early childhood classrooms, childcare settings, and in their homes.
View a Powerpoint slide presentation about this study.
CIERA is the national center for research on early reading. Headquartered at the University of Michigan, CIERA is a consortium of university researchers (University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Southern California, and University of Minnesota), teacher educators, teachers, publishers of texts, tests, and technology, professional organizations, and schools and school districts across the United States. It is supported under the Educational Research and Development Centers Program, as administered by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education.