Professor Judith Langer Inducted into International Reading
Hall of Fame
Contact: Karl Luntta (518) 437-4980
(July 3, 2003) -- Dr. Judith Langer, a distinguished professor
and director of the National Research Center on English
Learning & Achievement (CELA) at the University at
Albany, received the Albert J. Harris Award for a research
article and was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame
at the International Reading Association's (IRA) 48th Annual
Convention held in May.
Award is given annually for an article or monograph that
makes an outstanding contribution
to the prevention or assessment of reading or learning
disabilities. Langer's article, "Beating the Odds: Teaching Middle and High
School Students to Read and Write Well," which compares student performance
in 25 schools in Florida, New York, California and Texas over a period of two
years each, appeared in the American Educational Research Journal in Winter 2001.
also elected to the Reading Hall of Fame, an independent
organization comprising leaders who have been elected to
membership by their peers, in recognition
of her lifetime contributions to the field of reading. Langer's research has
examined the nature of literate thought and has led to the concept of comprehension
as envisionment-building. She has also identified important ways effective
literature instruction aids the development of student
reading, writing and thinking skills
as well as the professional and classroom features of English programs where
students are "beating the odds" in literacy achievement.
written numerous articles and eight books, including the influential Envisioning
Literature: Literary Understanding and Literature Instruction,
which has helped shape thinking among other researchers, classroom teachers
at local, state and national levels.
For more information
about Langer or CELA, visit http://cela.albany.edu.
International Reading Association is a professional membership
organization dedicated to promoting high levels
of literacy for all by improving the quality
of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about
reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit. Members
include classroom teachers,
reading specialists, consultants, administrators, supervisors, university
faculty, researchers, psychologists, librarians, media specialists and
organization has members and affiliates in 99 countries and extends to
more than 300,000 people
worldwide. For more information, visit www.reading.org.
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