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Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D.
Dean
Presidential Teaching Professor, Literacy Education

Laurie Elish-Piper, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Education at Northern Illinois University. She is also a Presidential Engagement Professor and a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CI). She served as the director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic for 15 years and as co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy for seven years. Elish-Piper has provided leadership to professional organizations, including her service as the president of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers and as a member of the International Literacy Association Board of Directors.

Elish-Piper's scholarship and teaching focuses on literacy leadership, literacy coaching, teacher professional development, literacy assessment, and struggling readers. She has co-authored eight books and more than 80 articles and chapters. She is a regular presenter at international, national, state and local conferences. Before starting her career in higher education, she was an elementary teacher and a middle school language arts/reading teacher in Indiana. Elish-Piper has been on the faculty at NIU since 1995.

Education

  • Ph.D., The University of Akron
  • M.S., Purdue University
  • B.S., Saint Joseph's College

Research Interests

  • Dr. Elish-Piper teaches graduate courses in literacy assessment and instruction, adult literacy, and literacy research. Her research interests include literacy coaching, literacy leadership, literacy teacher education, family literacy, adult literacy, and developing home-school connections related to literacy. 

Recent Publications

  • Johns, J.L., Elish-Piper, L., & Johns, B. (2017). Basic reading inventory (12th ed). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.
  • Elish-Piper, L., L’Allier, S.K., Manderino, M., & DiDomenico, P. (2016). Collaborative Coaching for Disciplinary Literacy: Strategies to Support Teachers in Grades 6-12. New York: Guilford.
  • Bean, R. M., Kern, D., Goatley, V., Ortlieb, E., Shettel, J., Calo, K., Marinak, B., Sturtevant, E., Elish-Piper, L., L'Allier, S. K. (2015). Specialized Literacy Professionals as Literacy Leaders: Results of a National Survey. Literacy Research and Instruction, 54(2), 83-114.
  • Elish-Piper, L., Wold, L. S., Schwingendorf, K. (2014). Scaffolding High School Students’ Reading of Complex Texts Using Linked Text Sets. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 57(7), 565-574.
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S.K. (2014). The Common Core Coaching Book: Strategies to Help Teachers Address the K-5 ELA Standards. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Elish-Piper, L, Matthews, M. W., Risko, V. J. (2013). Invisibility: An unintended consequence of standards, tests, and mandates. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 9(2), 4-23. jolle.coe.uga.edu/
  • Elish-Piper, L., Matthews, M. W., Risko, V. J. (2013). Invisibility: An unintended consequence of standards, tests, and mandates. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 9(2), 4-23.
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., L'Allier, S. K. (2012). Literacy Strategies for Teacher Candidates. Boston, MA: Pearson.
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., Hinrichs, S., Morley, S., Williams, M. (2012). The Assessment to Instructional Planning (ATIP) Framework: A Multidimensional, Contextualized Approach to Using Assessment to Plan Instruction. In Evan Ortlieb and Earl H. Cheek Jr. (Eds.), Using Informative Assessments Towards Effective Instruction (vol. 1, pp. 251-292). Bingley: Emerald.
  • L'Allier, S. K., & Elish-Piper, L. A. (2011). Literacy Coaches in Elementary Schools. In Rita M. Bean & Allison Swan Daegen (Ed.), (pp. 43-62). New York: Guilford.
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2011). Examining the Relationship between Literacy Coaching and Reading Gains in Grades K-3. Elementary School Journal, 112(1), 83-106.
  • Elish-Piper, L. & L’Allier, S.K. (2010). Exploring the relationship between literacy coaching and student reading achievement in Grades K-1. Literacy Research and Instruction, 49, 162-174.
  • L’Allier, S.K., Elish-Piper, L., & Bean, R.M. (2010). What matters for elementary literacy coaching? A Guiding principles for instructional improvement and student achievement. The Reading Teacher, 63, 544-554.

Recent Presentations

  • Elish-Piper, L., DiDomenico, P. & Manderino, M., (2017, July). Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Coaching Programs. Paper presented at the International Literacy Association Conference, Orlando, FL
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2016, November). Examining the Relationship Between Instructional Coaching for Teachers & Student Reading Gains in Grades K-3 in Elementary Schools in the U.S. Keynote Presentation at Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association and Taiwan Education Research Association Conference. Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
  • Elish-Piper, L., Manderino, M., & DiDomenico, P. (2016, July). Collaborative Coaching for Disciplinary Literacy: Strategies to Support Teachers in Grades 6-12. Paper presented at the International Literacy Association Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Elish-Piper, L., L’Allier, S.K., Manderino, M., & DiDomenico, P. (2015, November). Coaching Across the Disciplines Using a Layered Approach. Paper presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Costa Maya, CA.
  • Elish-Piper, L. (2015, July). Making Complex Texts Accessible (and Interesting) for Adolescent Readers. Keynote Presentation, Institute 10, Transforming Adolescents’ Lives Through Literacy. International Literacy Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  • Elish-Piper, L., DiDomenico, P., Manderino, M., & L’Allier, S. (2015, July). Collaborative Coaching for Disciplinary Literacy: Helping Teachers Address Learning Standards. Paper presented at the International Literacy Association Conference. St. Louis, MO.
  • Manderino, M., L'Allier, S. K., DiDomenico, P., & Elish-Piper, L. (2014, December). The Complexities and Challenges of Facilitating Sustained Teacher Change: A Longitudinal Examination of Disciplinary Literacy Coaching in High Schools. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.
  • Elish-Piper, L., Manderino, M., Berne, J., & Simon, B. (2014, December). Understanding and Enacting the Common Core ELA Standards: Outcomes of a Literacy Leadership Academy for PK-12 School Administrators. Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association Conference, Marco Island, FL.
  • Elish-Piper, L., DiDomenico, P., & L'Allier, S. K. (2014, October). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching in High Schools: Guiding Principles for Effective Practice. Paper presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Delray Beach, FL.
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2014, October). Literacy Coaching and the Common Core: Strategies for Implementation. Paper presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Delray Beach, FL.
  • Bean, R., Elish-Piper, L., Kalo, C., & Goatley, V. (2014, May). From Research to Practice: An Update on the 2013 Literacy Coaching Study. Paper presented at the International Reading Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Manderino, M., Di Domenico*, P., Elish-Piper, L. A., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, December). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: Building on Teachers' Knowledge. Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A., Manderino, M., & Berne, J. (2013, December). Transforming School-Wide Literacy Instruction: Outcomes of a Literacy Leadership Academy for K-12 School Administrators. Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, November). Coaching Teachers to Support Literacy for All Learners. Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, November). Using Effective Coaching Language to Promote Successful Teacher / Coach Interactions. Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, November). Working with Your School's Literacy Coach / Reading Specialist: How Collaboration Can Enhance Students' Literacy Learning. Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L., Manderino, M., & Di Domenico, P. (2013, November). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: Research-Based Approaches to Real Classroom Challenges. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Dallas, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L. A. (2013, October). Literacy Lessons from the Heartland. Ohio Council of the International Reading Association Conference. [Keynote]
  • Marinak, B., Bean, R., Calo, C., Cassidy, J., Elish-Piper, L., Goatley, V., Kern, D., L'Allier, S. K., Mason, P., Ortlieb, E., Shettel, J., & Sturtevant, E. (2013, April). An Update: Roles and Responsibilities of Reading Specialists / Literacy Coaches. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. [Refereed]
  • L'Allier, S. K., Di Domenico, P., Elish-Piper, L., & Manderino, M. (2013, April). Disciplinary Literacy Coaching: An Analysis of a High School Literacy Coaching Program from the Perspectives of the Researchers, Coach, and Teachers. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., Di Domenico, P., Henry, M. P., L'Allier, S. K., & Manderino, M. (2013, April). Literacy Coaching in the Disciplines at the Secondary Level: Putting the Common Core Standards into Practice. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX. [Refereed]
  • Elish-Piper, L., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, March). "Congratulations, You're a Literacy Coach Too!" Strategies for Embedding Effective Literacy Coaching in the Daily Work of Reading Teachers, Specialists, and Interventionists.Illinois Reading Council, Springfield IL. [Invited]
  • Elish-Piper, L.., & L'Allier, S. K. (2013, March). "So, I'm Supposed to Work with the Literacy Coach?" Understanding Opportunities and Outcomes for K-5 Teachers and Their Students. Illinois Reading Council Conference, Springfield, IL. [Invited]

Notable Accomplishments

  • Board of Directors, International Reading Association, (2013-2016)
  • Presidential Teaching Professor Award (2009-2013)
  • President Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (2009-2010)
  • Co-Director, Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (2008-Present)
  • Exceptional Contributions to Teaching, College of Education of Northern Illinois University Award, 2005

Laurie Elish Piper

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laurieep@niu.edu
Graham Hall 321
@laurieelishpipe

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