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Brian Kissel

Director of Elementary Education and ECE Programs; Professor of the Practice of Literacy, Department of Teaching and Learning


My research agenda has focused on three primary areas of inquiry: the writing processes of students in grades PreK-5, the practices teachers employ to teach those processes, and professional development in teacher education—particularly in the area of literacy coaching. I am the author of When Writers Drive the Workshop, co-author of The Literacy Coach’s Companion and co-editor of What’s New in Literacy Teaching, and Perspectives and Provocations in Early Childhood Education.  I have authored chapters in several volumes including Research in the Teaching of the English Language Arts. In addition, I have published my work in journals such as: The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, English Journal, English Leadership Quarterly, Talking Points, Voices from the Middle, Educational Leadership, Journal of Educational Research, Literacy Research and Instruction, Young Children, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Journal of Research in Childhood Education, and others. 

Short Biography

I have been an educator for 20+ years as a literacy professor, former elementary school teacher, and former elementary and early literacy coach.  I graduated with my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia where I focused early childhood development—particularly in the area of young children’s writing development. Currently I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in literacy and serve the Department of Teaching and Learning as the Director of Elementary Education and ECE Programs.