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Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar

The Responsibility of Teaching Teachers

Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper
Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D.
Department of Literacy and Elementary Education

Distinguished Teaching Professor
Presidential Engagement Professor

What we teach is important (the research, theory, and methods), but how we teach is even more important because we serve as teaching role models for our candidates as they work with their own students. However, who we teach is the most significant aspect of our work as teachers because we must know, respect, and trust our students for real learning to take place. Laurie Elish-Piper will share the four cornerstones of her approach to teaching teachers: teaching with rigor, teaching with vigor, and teaching as a relationship. She will then highlight the fourth element – teaching as praxis. Within this perspective, teaching is viewed as the enactment of theory into practice which leads to reflection and action. By conveying this approach through our teaching, our students can understand and embrace the power and promise of teaching as a tool to change the world. We can help them realize that what we do in our classes here at NIU has the power to transform lives as young children unlock the reading process, as struggling learners realize they are competent and capable, as teachers enhance their practice for the benefit of their students, and as we work toward making high-quality education a reality for all learners.

Laurie Elish-Piper is Acting Dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. She also holds the titles of Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education at Northern Illinois University. Laurie served for 15 years as the director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic, and was a co-founding director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy. Laurie's research and teaching focus on literacy leadership and literacy coaching. Laurie has worked extensively with school districts to develop and implement literacy coaching programs, and she teaches graduate courses related to literacy assessment, literacy intervention, literacy coaching, and literacy leadership. She has published widely in professional journals and has co-authored nine books including The Common Core Coaching Book (Guilford Press, 2014) and Literacy Strategies for Teacher Candidates (Pearson, 2012) as well as a forthcoming book, Collaborative Coaching for Disciplinary Literacy: Strategies to Support Teachers in Grades 6-12 (anticipated February, 2016). Laurie is very active in professional organizations, having served as the president of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, and she is currently completing the final year of a three year term on the board of directors of the International Literacy Association.

Monday, October 19, 2015
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center
11:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m., Refreshments
12:00 p.m.—1:00 p.m., Presentation and Q&A

No registration is required—Everyone is welcome!


Office of the Provost
Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Last Updated: 8/13/2015