Johnston Honored with Literacy Research Award

Albany, NY (February 15, 2018) – Peter Johnston, professor emeritus in Literacy Teaching and Learning, received the 2017 Oscar S. Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association for outstanding contributions to literacy research.

Dr. Peter JohnstonThis award, established in 1967, is given in memory of Dr. Oscar S. Causey, the founder of the National Reading Conference. Johnston was presented with the award at the LRA’s 67th annual conference in December.

Johnston studies the consequences of teaching and assessment practices for the literate lives of children and teachers. His most current research explores links among classroom talk, reading engagement, and children’s social, emotional and literate development. He has published ten books and over 80 articles. Recognition for his work includes the Albert J. Harris Award from the International Reading Association for his contribution to the understanding of reading disability, and the State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research. He is also an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame. The Literacy Research Association honored him with the P. David Pearson Scholarly Influence Award, citing his book Choice Words as having “demonstrably and positively influenced literacy teaching in classrooms and districts nationally.” Choice Words, now in three languages and with close to 250,000 copies in print, was also Scholastic Magazine’s #1 choice for book from the past decade every teacher should read.