Dorothy Strickland Selected as Visiting Scholar at ETS Early Childhood Research Center

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Princeton, N.J. (April 27, 2012) —

Dr. Dorothy Strickland, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education Emerita and the State of New Jersey Professor of Reading at Rutgers University, has been selected as a visiting scholar for ETS's recently established Early Childhood Research and Assessment Center. She will use her expertise to conceptualize the center's mission and goals and help identify the components of high-quality early learning assessments. 

A former classroom teacher and learning disabilities specialist, Strickland has authored and edited numerous publications concerning language development and reading. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from both Kean College of New Jersey and New York University

"We are very honored to have someone with Dorothy's impressive credentials and expertise join our new center," says Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President of ETS's Policy Evaluation & Research Center and the Early Childhood Research and Assessment Center. "Not only will she help us create high-quality early learning assessments, but we will be calling upon her experience to help us conceptualize the center's role and contributions to the early childhood learning landscape." 

A past president of both the International Reading Association and the Reading Hall of Fame, Dr. Strickland is the recipient of the International Reading Association's Outstanding Teacher Educator of Reading Award. She also received the National Council of Teachers of English Award for Outstanding Educator in the Language Arts. 

Strickland is a frequent visiting professor and lecturer and serves on numerous boards and committees involved in educational activities. She served on the national panels that produced Becoming a Nation of Readers, Preventing Reading Difficulties in Young Children and the RAND Report Reading for Understanding, and serves on the National Early Literacy Panel. She recently served on two National Academy of Science panels:  one authorized by Congress on teacher preparation, and the other a white paper project designed to offer recommendations for educational policy to the new administration.

Strickland served on the Validation Committee of the Common Core State Standards initiative and was appointed to membership on the Content Technical Working Group for English Language Arts/Literacy of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) consortium. She was appointed to the New Jersey State Board of Education in 2008.

Her publications include: Literacy Leadership in Early Childhood; Learning about Print in Preschool Settings; Bridging the Literacy Achievement Gap, Grades 4-12; Improving Reading Achievement through Professional Development; Teaching Phonics Today;and  The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs.

Strickland was formerly the Arthur I. Gates Professor of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her bachelor's degree from Newark State College (now Kean University) and her master's and doctoral degrees from New York University.

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