EDUCATION DEPARTMENT

FACULTY

Laura Pardo
Department Chair
Professor of Education
Elementary/Secondary Education

Email: pardo@hope.edu

B.S., Elementary Education – Central Michigan University 1982
M.A., Reading Instruction – Michigan State University 1990
Ph.D., Curriculum, Teaching, & Educational Policy – Michigan State University 2005

TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES

ED 270: Foundations of Education
ED 282/283 - Literacy II: Reading & Language Arts, Grade 4–8 & Field Placement (Liverpool, England)
ED 360/361 Secondary Principles & Field Placement

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Pardo, L.S., Highfield, K., Florio-Ruane, S. (editors) (2012). Standing for Powerful Literacy: Teaching in the Context of Change. Hampton Press.

Pardo, L.S. (2011). Question Answer Relationships: Comprehension Strategy Lessons for Grades 4 and 5. Scholastic.

Pardo, L.S., Field, H., & Guzdziol, G. (2011). Keeping Kids on the Edge of Their Seats during Book Club. Michigan Reading Journal.

Bates, A.J., & Pardo, L.S. (2010). Action Research: Can it be a Means for Helping Teacher Candidates Learn about Student Diversity?" i.e.: Inquiry in Education.

Pardo, L.S. (2010). What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Comprehension in R. Allington (Ed.) Essential Readings on Struggling Learners. International Reading Association Publications.

Pardo, L.S. (2010). “Preparing students for the test is not necessarily preparing them to be good writers”: One urban teacher’s dilemma in Research on Urban Teacher Learning: The Role of Contextual Factors Across the Professional Continuum, A.J. Stairs & K. Donnell (Editors). Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Pardo, L., & Kersten, J. (2008). Challenges and Solutions: Children’s Literature in Today’s K-12 Classrooms. Language Arts, 85(3), 242-245.

Kersten, J., & Pardo, L.S. (2007). Finessing and hybridizing: Innovative Literacy Practices in Reading First Classrooms. The Reading Teacher 61(2), 146-154.

Pardo, L.S. (2007). Students can take risks here: A first grade teacher learns to teach writing”. Michigan Reading Journal, 39(3), 26-33.

Kersten, J., & Pardo, L.S. (2007). Finessing and hybridizing: Innovative Literacy Practices in Reading First Classrooms. The Reading Teacher (61(2), 146-154.

RECENT PRESENTATIONS

Pardo, L.S. & McPhee, D. (Chairs)(2012). Teacher as Researcher Grant: Research on Literature and Writing Instruction. A research session at the International Reading Association’s annual conference. Chicago, IL.

Pardo, L.S. (2011). Connecting Children, Literature and Standards: The Book Club Model. A Brown Bag Lunch Discussion at the Graduate School of Education at Willamette University in Salem, OR.

Pardo, L.S. (2011). Fourth Graders and Book Club: Reading and Talking about Good Literature has Students on the Edge of their Seats. A paper presentation at Literacy Research Association’s Annual Conference. Jacksonville, FL.

Pardo, L.S. (2011). Teachers as Researchers: Teachers Should Consider Conducting Research to Improve Student Learning. A feature research session at the International Reading Association’s annual conference, Orlando, FL.

Pardo, L.S. & Field, H. (2011). Mentoring Beginning Teachers in Dynamic Times and Spaces. A paper presented at the Penn Ethnography Forum. February, 2011: Philadelphia, PA.

Pardo, L.S., Nees, A., & Field, H. (2010). Fourth Grade Book Club: On the Edge of their Seats! A paper session at Michigan Reading Association. Detroit, MI.

Pardo, L.S. (2009). Standing for Literacy: Teaching in the Context of Change. An roundtable in an Alternative Format at the National Reading Association’s annual conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Pardo, L.S. (2009). Examining the Long-Term Value of a Case Study Assignment. A paper presented in the symposium “Inside Literacy Teacher Education: Lessons From the Field” at the National Reading Association’s annual conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Kersten, J., & Pardo, L.S. (2009). Dialogue, Scaffolding, and Technology: Drawing on “Old” Vygotskian Approaches to Learning for “New” Approaches to Writing and Book Club Discussions in Elementary Classrooms. A Paper Session at the International Reading Association’s annual conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Pardo, L.S., Guzdziol, G., & Son, A. (2009). Learning to Teach Book Club. A paper session at Michigan Reading Association. Grand Rapids, MI.

Highfield, K., & Pardo L. (2009). Building Bridges of Knowledge. The Preservice and Begining Teacher Pizza Luncheon at the Michigan Reading Conference’s Annual Convention, March, Grand Rapids, MI.

Pardo, L.S. & Highfield, K. (2009). Composing a Life in Literacy: Research-Based Practices in the Reading/Writing Connection in Memoir/Autobiography. A breakout session at the MRA Research Pre-Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Pardo, L.S. & Rykse, J. (2008). Book Clubs Work! Fourth and Fifth Graders Talk about Books. Michigan Reading, Association. Detroit, MI.

Pardo, L.S. (2008). Learning to Teach in a Time of Reform: How One Teacher Candidate Found His Way. A paper presented in “Becoming a Teacher: Developing Preservice Teachers’ Identities” L. Pardo, chair. A Paper Session at the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Pardo, L.S. (2007). What effect does Book Club have on students’ literacy achievement? A paper presented in “Examinations of Student Reading Achievement in Varied Settings” P. Semingson, chair. A Paper Session at the National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Pardo, L.S. (2007). Book Club supports students’ literacy achievement. A paper presented in “Beyond test scores and despite policy: Effective literacy practices in diverse K-12 contexts” J. Kersten, chair. A symposium at the National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Pardo, L.S. (2007). Writing improvement in the Book Club Plus classroom. A paper presented in “Focus on Writing: Teenage Vernacular, Multimodal/multimedia communication and emergent literacy” L. Pardo, chair. A Practitioner Research session at the 28th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, PA.

PERSONAL
I live in Caledonia with my husband of thirty years. We have two adult, married children, and one beautiful granddaughter. I enjoy reading, writing, and absorbing the beauty of nature.