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Carolyn Carlson

Associate Professor
Education
College of Arts and Sciences
Contact
1700 SW College Ave
Topeka, KS 66621-1117
785.670.1474
Degrees & Certifications
The University of Kansas, Bachelor of Arts
The University of Kansas, Master of Science
The University of Kansas, Doctor of Philosophy
Academic History

RD 530: Literacy Practicum

RD 528: Language Development and Assessment

RD 526: The Reading Specialist

RD 522: Instruction for Readers At-Risk

RD 520: Assessment Procedures in Reading

RD 516: Teaching Writing in Classrooms

RD 512: Literature for Literacy Instruction

RD 510: Classroom Reading Instruction

RD 484: Teaching Reading in the Content Areas

ED 674: Understanding and Assessing Language Development

ED 402: Teaching Struggling Learners

ED 327: Literacy Practicum

ED 325: Teaching Language Arts and Children’s Literature

ED 320: Teaching Reading in Elementary Schools 

ED 305: Language and Literacy

Teaching
  • ED 305 VA, Language & Literacy
  • RD 484 VA, Reading In Content Areas
  • RD 616 GVA, Teaching Writing in Classrooms
  • RD 620 GVA, Assessment Proc in Reading
  • RD 626 GVA, The Reading Specialist
  • RD 630 GA, Literacy Practicum
  • RD 684 GVA, Reading in the Content Area
Scholarly Interests/Activities

Publications:

Carlson, C.L. (2016). The impact of the Common Core State Standards: The top five shifts in literacy instruction. The Advocate, 23(1), 31-36.

Carlson, C.L. & Matz, M.J. (2015). Using twin texts in the social studies classroom: Pairing fiction and CCSS non-fiction exemplar texts to teach content and strengthen literacy skills. The Missouri Reader, 39(2), 12-16.

Carlson, C.L. (2015). Literacy begins with language skills. In Exploring language and literacy in preschool. National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Carlson, C.L. & Myers, S.P. (2014). Don’t tap the keg and eight other essential rules of early career principals. The Advocate, 22(2), 41-45.

Carlson, C.L. (2014). Dropout factories and the vaccination approach: The impact of the dropout rate on the economy and the need for effective literacy instruction.Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educators Journal, 23 (2), 1-7.

Carlson, C.L. (2014). Using twin texts to meet the Common Core: Pairing fiction and CCSS non-fiction exemplar texts to teach content and strengthen literacy skills. Kansas Journal of Reading, 30, 15-18.

Carlson, C.L. (2014). Common Core, unit by unit: 5 critical moves for implementing the reading standards across the curriculum. Kansas Journal of Reading, 30, 47-48.

Carlson, C.L., Court, S.J., & Rettig, M. (2014). Is the pen mightier than the blog? Comparing 3rd graders blog response journals to paper and pencil response journals. Kansas Journal of Reading, 29(1), 10-17.

Carlson, C.L. (2014). Literacy, the graduation rate, and economic development: How the vaccination approach to literacy instruction impacts the economy of Kansas and the nation. The Advocate, 21(2), 13-22.

Carlson, C.L. (2014). Using recommended literature to meet the Common Core: Examining the 2013 Teacher's Choices, Young Adults' Choices, and Children's Choices books.The Missouri Reader, 38(1), 20-23.

Carlson, C.L. (2013). Adolescent literacy, dropout factories, and the economy: The relationship between literacy, graduation rates, and economic development in the United States. Journal of Education and Human Development, 2(1), 1-8.  

Carlson, C.L. (2012). A penguin, a pony, and one naked little boy: Preservice teachers weigh in on banned and challenged books. The Dragon Lode, 30(1), 46-52.

Carlson, C.L. (2012). The profession that eats its young: The effect of principal leadership on the survival rate of teachers. Journal of Arts and Humanities 1(3), 48-53.

Myers, S.P. & Carlson, C.L. (2012). Through the literacy filter: Effective teacher evaluation for all secondary classrooms. Texas Study of Secondary Schools, 22(1), 33-35.

Carlson, C.L. (2012). Improving the teacher survival rate: An examination of the leadership skills of Missouri principals. The Elementary Principal, 23(1), 18-19.

Carlson, C.L. (2012). Struggling writers and struggling writing teachers: What teachers can do to make a difference. Kansas English95(1), 37-43.

Carlson, C.L. (2012). Beyond busses, balls, and beans: An examination of the leadership skills of Kansas principals. The Advocate, 20(2), 12-17.

Carlson, C.L. (2012). Pizzas, parties, and pigs: The use of extrinsic rewards to motivate students to read. The Missouri Reader, 36(1), 17-28. 

Carlson, C.L. (2012). What’s hot and what’s not (in Kansas): Kansas teachers examine the IRA’s hot topics list. Kansas Journal of Reading 27, 45-50.

Carlson, C.L. (2011). Lowering the high school dropout rate in the United States: The need for secondary reading specialists and how scarce they really are. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(13), 20-25.

Carlson, C.L. (2011). On the endangered species list: Are secondary reading specialists becoming extinct? The Advocate, 19(1), 39-48.

Carlson, C.L. (2010). Literacy begins with language skills. NEXT: The Teaching Young Children Staff Development Guide 3(4), 6-7.

Carlson, C.L. (2010). Literacy begins with language skills. Teaching Young Children3(4), 14-15.

Carlson, C. L. (2010). Paving the way for literacy: Three factors affecting language development in children. Kansas Journal of Reading, 25(1), 18-22.

Carlson, C.L. & Dick, A. (2010). Literacy tutoring that works. Kansas Journal of Reading, 25(1), 81-82.

Carlson, C.L. (2010). Special Education Case Law. In Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Carlson, C. L., Massengill Shaw, D., & Heider, C. E. (2009). Improving writing instruction: 10 activities for enhancing teachers’ effectiveness at teaching writing. The Missouri Reader, 33(2).

Carlson, C.L. (2009). National Association of College and University Attorneys. In Encyclopedia of Law and Higher Education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Carlson, C.L. & Heider, C.E. (2009). 21st century project based learning: A collaboration of the classroom and the community. The Transescent, 34 (1), 7-10. 

Carlson, C. L., Massengill Shaw, D., & Heider, C. E. (2009). Preparing teachers of writing: Components of a successful course on writing instruction. The Reading Professor, 31(1), 36-45.

Carlson, C. L. (2008). Motivating students in the middle grades to read. The Transescent, 33(2), 9-15.

Carlson, C. L. (2008). O’Connor v. Ortega. In Encyclopedia of Education Law. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Carlson, C. L. (2008). National Center for Education Statistics. In Encyclopedia of Educational Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Carlson, C. L., & Heider, C. E. (2007). Motivating students to read in the content area classroom. Journal of Content Area Reading, 6 (1), 127-152.

Massengill, D., Carlson, C. L., & Waxman, M. (2007). An exploratory investigation into the relationship between text messaging and spelling. New England Reading Association Journal, 43(1), 57-62.

Carlson, C. L. (2006). Laying the foundation for literacy: The influence of the home environment on language development. The Missouri Reader, 31(1), 12-15.

Carlson, C. L. (2005). Motivating readers. Kansas Journal of Reading, 32, 8-15.

 

Presentations:

Carlson, C.L. (2016, July). Readstricted: How Preservice Teachers View Banned and Challenged Books. Paper presented at the 61th Annual Convention of the International Literacy Association, Boston.

Carlson, C.L. (2016, July). ILA’s (Should Be) Hot Topics: Insight from Classroom Teachers. Paper presented at the 61th Annual Convention of the International Literacy Association, Boston.

Carlson, C.L. (2016, July).  Little Free Libraries: Increasing Leisure Reading by Increasing Access to Books. Paper to be presented at the 61th Annual Convention of the International Literacy Association, Boston.

Carlson, C.L. (2016, March).  Readstricted: Banned and Challenged Books in Rural School Libraries and Classrooms. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, Las Vegas.

Carlson, C.L. (2016, March).  What’s Hot and What’s Not in Literacy: Rural Classroom Teachers Examine the International Literacy Association’s “Hot Topics” List. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, Las Vegas.

Carlson, C.L. (2016, March).  Little Free Libraries: Increasing Access to Books in Rural Communities. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Council on Rural Special Education, Las Vegas.

Carlson, C.L. (2015, July). Pairing fiction and CCSS non-fiction exemplar texts to teach content and strengthen literacy skills. Paper presented at the 60th Annual Convention of the International Literacy Association, St. Louis, MO.

Carlson, C.L. (2015, July). Using recommended literature to meet the Common Core: Examining the IRA's Choice Books. Paper presented at the 60th Annual Convention of the International Literacy Association, St. Louis, MO.

Carlson, C.L. (2015, February). At-risk readers and the Common Core: The top five shifts in literacy instruction. Paper presented at the 26th Annual At-Risk Youth National Forum, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Carlson, C.L. (2014, May). Eliminating the vaccination approach to literacy instruction: An examination of the number of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 59th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, New Orleans, LA.

Carlson, C.L. (2013, April). The knack of the nudge: Future literacy coaches learn the art of mentoring. Paper presented at the 58th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, San Antonio, TX.

Carlson, C.L. (2013, April). Literacy as the key to lowering the high school dropout rate: The high demand and low supply of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 58th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, San Antonio, TX.

Carlson, C.L. (2013, April). Literacy, dropout factories, and the economy: The impact of adolescent literacy instruction on graduation rates and economic development. Paper presented at the 2013 Best Practices Forum on Dropout Prevention of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, Kansas City, MO.

Carlson, C.L. (2012, May). Writing’s return from the back burner: Six activities for teachers to improve writing instruction in the classroom. Paper presented at the 57th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Chicago.

Carlson, C.L. (2011, November). No longer the black sheep of the literacy family: Six activities for teachers to improve writing instruction in the classroom. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Carlson, C.L. (2011, April). Private parts, penguins, and a pony: Preservice teachers’ views on banned and challenged books in the classroom. Paper presented at the Kansas Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Topeka, KS.

Carlson, C.L. (2011, February). Joining the dinosaurs and dodo birds: Are secondary reading specialists becoming extinct? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Education, Orlando, FL.

Carlson, C.L. (2010, December). A penguin, a pony, and a part: An examination of preservice teachers’ views on banned and challenged books. Paper presented at the 60thAnnual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association, Fort Worth, TX. 

Carlson, C.L. (2010, December). On the endangered species list: The scarcity of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 60th Annual National Reading Conference/Literacy Research Association, Fort Worth, TX. 

Carlson, C.L. (2010, June). An examination of an endangered species: The scarcity of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 5th Annual Institute of Education Sciences Research Conference, National Harbor, MD.

Carlson, C.L. (2010, May).  A penguin, a pony, and one naked little boy: An examination of banned and challenged books. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Chicago, IL. (Selected as a ticketed conference session)

Carlson, C.L. (2010, May). To ban or not to ban? That is the question: How preservice teachers view banned and challenged books. Paper presented at the 55th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Chicago, IL.

Carlson, C.L. (2009, December). Endangered species and expendable luxuries: The scarcity of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 59th Annual National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, NM. 

Carlson, C.L. (2009, December). Teaching the neglected “R”: Six activities to enhance writing instruction. Paper presented at the 59th Annual National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, NM. 

Carlson, C.L. (2009, November). The foundation for literacy: Activities to develop the oral language skills of children. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Plains International Reading Association Conference, Branson, MO.

Carlson, C.L. (2009, November). The key to a successful start with literacy: Activities to develop the language skills of children. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.

Carlson, C.L. (2009, October). Lowering the dropout rate: The high demand and low supply of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, San Antonio, TX.

Carlson, C.L. (2009, October). Lowering the dropout rate: The high demand and low supply of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, San Antonio, TX. (Asked to present this session twice during the conference.)

Carlson, C.L. (2009, October). The freedom to read v. the right to ban: Examining banned and challenged books in schools. Paper presented at the Kansas Reading Association Conference, Topeka, KS.

Carlson, C.L.  (2009, May). Becoming a more effective teacher of writing – 10 activities to enhance teachers’ ability to teach writing in the classroom. Paper presented at the 54th North Central Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Minneapolis, MN. 

Carlson, C.L. (2008, December). An examination of an “endangered species”: Demographic, training, and employment characteristics of secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 58th Annual National Reading Conference, Orlando, Florida.

Carlson, C.L. (2008, November). Energizing instruction of the 6+1 traits of writing: Activities to engage middle level students in the writing process. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Kansas Association of Middle Level Educators, Topeka, KS.

Carlson, C.L. (2008, October). Beginning literacy with language: What parents, caregivers, and teachers should know about the link between the home environment and language development in children. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children, Manhattan, KS.

Carlson, C.L. (2008, October) Teaching the traits: Activities to enhance 6+1 Trait writing instruction in the classroom. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, Springfield, MO.

Carlson, C.L. (2008, October). Becoming a more effective teacher of writing – 10 activities to enhance teachers’ ability to teach writing in the classroom. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association, Springfield, MO.

Carlson, C. L. & Massengill Shaw, D.J. (2008, May). Improving reading and writing in the content areas through teacher study groups.  Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Atlanta.

Carlson, C.L. (2007, November). Who are secondary reading specialists? An examination of demographic, training, and employment characteristics. Paper presented at the 57thNational Reading Conference, Austin, Texas.

Carlson, C.L. (2007, November).  Are secondary reading specialists highly qualified? An examination of “out-of-field” and not fully certified secondary reading specialists. Paper presented at the 57th National Reading Conference, Austin, Texas.

Carlson, C. L. (2007, May). Secondary reading specialists: demographic, training, and employment characteristics. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Toronto, Canada.

Carlson, C. L., & Heider, C. E. (2007, May). Motivating students to read in the content area classroom. Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Toronto, Canada.

Carlson, C. L., & Heider, C. E. (2007, February). Highly qualified teachers: the challenge of out-of-field and not fully certified teachers. Paper presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, New York.

Heider, C. E., & Carlson, C. L. (2007, February). Using leadership traits and emotional intelligence to develop beginning teacher dispositions and skills. Paper presented at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, New York.

Carlson, C. L. & Heider, C. E. (2006, November). Reading motivation: possibilities for teaching and learning. Paper presented at the Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association 40th Annual Conference, Lake Ozark, Missouri.

Carlson, C. L., & Heider, C. E. (2006, October). Reading motivation: possibilities for teaching and learning. Paper presented at the 33rd Plains International Reading Association Regional Conference, Omaha, NE.

Carlson, C. L. (2006, May). Motivating students to read. Paper presented at the 51st Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, Chicago.

 

Service Interests/Activities

Washburn University First-Year Experience Oversight Committee, 2011-present

Washburn University IT Advisory Committee, 2012-present

Kansas Reading Association Board of Directors

Kansas Reading Association - Research and Studies Committee Chair, 2009-2012

Kansas Journal of Reading Editorial Board – 2010, 2011

National Reading Conference Field Council Representative for the State of Kansas

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Institutional Representative, 2009-present

Washburn University-Kansas State University Doctoral Program Collaborative Partnership team/Doctoral Committee member, 2010-present

Commencement Ceremony Hooding Faculty Member for Department of Education, Spring and Winter Ceremonies, 2009-present

Department of Education Undergraduate Programs Committee Chair, 2012-present

Department of Education Literacy Advisory Council Chair, 2011-present

Department of Education Literacy Advisory Council, 2007-present

Department of Education Graduate Admissions Committee, 2008-present

Department of Education Graduate Admissions Test Proctor, 2008-present

Department of Education Undergraduate Programs Committee, 2008-present

Department of Education Undergraduate Admissions Committee, 2008-present

Department of Education Lingo Lecture Task Force Member, 2011-present

Department of Education Graduate Program Review Team, 2008-present

Department of Education Undergraduate Program Review Team, 2008-present

Department of Education Capstone Committee Chair/Member, 2008-present

Department of Education Department Chair Search Committee Member, Spring 2011

Department of Education Faculty Search Committee Member, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

 

Memberships in Professional Organizations:

International Reading Association

Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society

National Reading Conference

American Educational Research Association

Professors of Reading Teacher Educators Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association

Content Area Reading Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association

Kansas Reading Association

Topeka Area Reading Council 

Kansas Reading Professionals in Higher Education

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association
Career Accomplishments

2010 Invited to present as an “expert data user” at the Institute for Education Sciences Annual Conference (presenting is by invitation only)

2010 Invited to attend the Institute for Education Sciences Annual Conference (attendance is by invitation only)

2009 Missouri State Council of the International Reading Association Research in Reading Award

2009 Kansas Reading Association Studies and Research Award

2009 Awarded an additional restricted-use license by the National Center for Education Statistics to conduct research using a restricted database

2008 Awarded restricted-use license and named “Principal Investigator” to conduct research using National Center for Education Statistics’ restricted-use database

2008 One of twelve researchers in the nation invited to attend a seminar at the Academy for Educational Development in Washington D.C. to receive training in a restricted-use database of the National Center of Education Statistics

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