Donna Scanlon is recipient of the IRA Albert J. Harris Award

Congratulations to Dr. Donna Scanlon! Along with her colleagues in the Child Research and Study Center, she is a recipient of the IRA Albert J. Harris Award. The award is for the article, Effects of the Interactive Strategies Approach—Extended: A Response and Comprehensive Intervention for Intermediate-Grade Struggling Readers, published in The Elementary School Journal, 112(2), 280-306, December 2011.

Dr. Scanlon is a professor in the Reading Department at the University at Albany. Her research has focused on children who experience difficulty in learning to read and on the roles of instruction and intervention in reducing such difficulties. In her most recent work, the focus has been on enhancing teachers’ ability to identify and address the needs of children who struggle with literacy learning. Her research has been supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Institute of Education Sciences at the United States Department of Education. She has published several chapters and articles on the characteristics of children who struggle with literacy acquisition and on intervention for children who struggle. Her recent book entitled Early Intervention for Reading Difficulties: The Interactive Strategies Approach describes the successful intervention approach utilized in her school-based studies. Dr. Scanlon serves on the International Reading Association’s Response to Intervention Task Force.