Reading is fundamental to education and life – and literacy educators such as NIU College of Education Dean Laurie Elish-Piper are fundamental to reading. An NIU Presidential Teaching Professor whose expertise includes literacy leadership and struggling readers, Elish-Piper is the co-author of “The Common Core Coaching Book: Strategies to Help Teachers Address the K-5 ELA Standards” as well as eight other books and more than 80 articles and chapters. She is a regular contributor to WNIJ radio’s “Perspectives” series.
A member of the NIU faculty since 1995, Elish-Piper served as the director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for 15 years and as and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy for seven years. She has provided leadership to professional organizations, including as president of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers and as a member of the International Literacy Association Board of Directors. She is a sought-after presenter at international, national, state and local conferences. Before starting her career in higher education, Elish-Piper worked as an elementary teacher and a middle school language arts/reading teacher in Indiana. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Akron.
Reading instruction, literacy education, assessment, parent involvement in education, struggling readers, teacher professional development and literacy coaching.