Scanlon Inducted into Reading Hall of Fame

Albany, NY (October 27, 2017) -  Donna Scanlon, professor in Literacy Teaching and Learning, was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame at the International Literacy Association’s annual conference in Orlando in July 2017.

Donna ScanlonThe Reading Hall of Fame consists of nationally and internationally prominent researchers who are recognized as having made extraordinary contributions to theory and research in the study of literacy acquisition. Inductees are elected to this elite membership by their peers.

Scanlon joins five former School of Education colleagues who were previously inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame. This brings University at Albany representation in the Hall of Fame to six.

Scanlon has built a national reputation as a researcher, scholar and educator in children’s literacy. Her research has focused on the characteristics of children who experience substantial difficulty in learning to read and on how to prevent and remediate reading difficulties. She and her colleagues developed an approach to early literacy instruction and intervention, the Interactive Strategies Approach (ISA), which effectively helps teachers to reduce the incidence of reading difficulties in the early primary grades. The ISA has been successfully implemented by classroom, small group, and one-to-one contexts and is therefore an appropriate approach for use in Response to Intervention (RTI) contexts. The ISA-RTI Professional Development Project, which is housed at the Child Research and Study Center, currently uses distance learning technologies to offer extended, job-embedded professional development for teachers. Scanlon’s research has influenced fields as diverse as linguistics, psychology, education, learning disabilities, and early literacy development, and her current work also will influence the field of teacher education. She was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to the Reading First Federal Advisory Committee, and she is a member of the International Literacy Association’s RTI Task Force. Scanlon received the International Literacy Association Albert J. Harris Award based on her publication with colleagues in the Elementary School Journal

Scanlon received a 2015 University at Albany Award for Excellence in Research and a 2016 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research.