Barbara Laster

Professor

Barbara Laster

Contact Information

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Education

Doctor of Education, Virginia
Polytechnic & State University,
1986

Areas of Expertise

Literacy Teacher Education; Reading Comprehension; Developing Readers Who are Challenged; Literacy and Technology; Issues of Diversity in Education

Dr. Laster has been selected by the Fulbright Commission to be a Fulbright Specialist in the area of literacy for the next five years.  Her first invitation is from Iceland. She will be presenting workshops to high school teachers in Reykjavik in August 2017 and January 2018, as well as collaborating on research with scholars at the University of Iceland.

Publications

Laster, B., Shargel, R., & Watson-Vandiver. (2019). From culturally responsive pedagogy to
ethnic pedagogies. Multicultural Perspectives

Laster, B. & Christenson, L. (2018, April). Literacy teacher professional development in
two Africas: Lessons learned by U.S. professors working in collaboration with African
educators. The International Journal of Diversity in Education, 16(4).

Laster, B., Rhodes, J., & Wilson, J. (2018, April). What teachers choose: iPad apps for
literacy instruction. SITE Journal [online].

Ryan, T., Laster, B., & Cobb, J. (2017). Guatemala and United States partnership
renews teaching and learning (pp. 221-237). In B. Cozza & P. Blessinger (Eds.)
University partnerships for pre-service and teacher development.
Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Bowers, E., Laster, B., Ryan, T., Gurvitz, D., Cobb, J., & Vazzano, J.,
(2017). Video for teacher reflection: Reading clinics in action (pp.141-160).
In R. Brandenburg, K. Glasswell, M. Jones, and J. Ryan (Eds.),
Reflective theories in Teacher Education Practice - Process, Impact and Enactment.
New York: Springer Publishers. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-10-3431-2_8

Laster, B., & Finkelstein, C. (2016). Professional learning for educators focused on reading
comprehension (pp. 70-83). In S. E. Israel (Ed.) Handbook of research on reading
comprehension (2nd Edition). New York: Guilford.

Lohnes Watulak, S., Laster, B. P. (2016, December). Take 2: A second look at technology
stalled: Exploring the new digital divide in one urban school. Journal of Language
and Literacy Education, 12(2), 1-2.

Laster, B., Tysseling, L., Stinnett, M., Wilson, J., Cherner, T., Curwen, M., Ryan, T., & Huggins, S. (2016). Effective use of tablets (iPads) for multimodal literacy learning: What we learn from reading clinics/literacy labs. The App Teacher [an online, peer-reviewed journal].

Shargel, R. & Laster, B. Partner Learning (Havruta) for Close Reading Comprehension. (2016, January). English Journal.

Cobb, J., Ryan, T. & Laster, B. (2015). Renewal in the land of eternal spring: Teacher educators reflecting on their practice in J. Rhodes & T. Milby (Eds.) Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.

Laster, B. (2015). Beyond differentiation: Multimodal literacy learning.In S. Parris & K. Headley (Eds.) Comprehension Instruction. Guilford Press.

Laster, B. (2015). Through the RTI Lens: Meeting the needs of every child on the road to 21st century literacies. In N. Shelton & B. Altwerger (Eds.). How public policies impact 21st century literacies in U.S. schools. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Lohnes Watulak, S., Laster, B. P., Liu, X. & LERN. (2015). Technology in one urban school. In N. Shelton & B. Altwerger (Eds.). Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Daniels, J. & Laster, B. P. (2015). Schools and communities: Multiple voices, divergent goals. In N. Shelton & B. Altwerger (Eds.) How public policies impact 21st century literacies in U.S. schools. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Cobb, J., Ryan, T. & Laster, B. (in press). Renewal in the Land of Eternal Spring: eacher Educators Reflecting on their Practice in J. Rhodes & T. Milby (Eds.) Advancing Teacher Education and Curriculum Development through Study Abroad Programs.

Laster, B. P., Jones, J., Ankrum, J. W., Robnolt, V., & Marinak, B. (2014). 10 RTI tasks for pincipals. Principal, 93(4), 38-39.

Laster, B. P. (2013, April-May). The water wheel effect: What makes for potent classroom collaboration. Reading Today. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Laster, B. (2013). A historical view of student learning and teacher development in reading clinics. In E. Ortlieb and E. Cheeks (Eds.) Literacy, research, practice, & evaluation: From clinic to classroom (pp. 3-20). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.

Tysseling, L. & Laster, B. (2013). Taking technology from clinic to classroom in E. Ortlieb and E. Cheeks (Eds.) From Clinic to Classroom. In E. Ortlieb & E. Cheek (Eds.) Literacy, Research, Practice, & Evaluation: From Clinic to Classroom (pp. 245-264). Bingley, UK: Emerald Group.

Watts-Taffe, S., Laster, B., Broach, L., Marinak, B., Conner, C., Walker-Dalhouse, D.(2012, December/2013, January). Differentiated Instruction: Making Informed Teacher Decisions. The Reading Teacher, 66(4), 303-314.

Lohnes Watulak, S., Laster, B. P., Liu, X. & LERN. (2011, December). Technology stalled: Exploring the new digital divide in one urban school. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 7(2).

Deeney, T., Dozier, C., Smit, J., Davies, S., Laster, B., Applegate, M., Cobb, J.,Gaunty-Porter, D., Gurvitz, D., McAndrews, S., Ryan, T., Eeg-Moreland, M., Sargent, S., Swanson, M., Dubert, L., Morewood, A., Milby, T. (2011). Clinic experiences that promote transfer to school contexts: What matters in clinical teacher preparation. Literacy Research Association Yearbook, 127-143.

Leung, C., Cartwright, K. B., Guzzetti, B., Knapp, N. F., Laster, B. P., Richards, J. (2011). Ethical Issues in conducting literacy research in school and out-of-school settings. Literacy Research and Instruction.

Dubert, L.A & Laster, B. (2011). Technology in practice: Educators trained in reading clinic/literacy labs. Journal of Reading Education 36(2), 23-29.

Laster, B., Blummer, B. & Kenton, J. (July-September 2010). Psychosemiotics and libraries: Identifying signways in library informational guides, Games, and Tutorials. Journal of Library & Information Services in Distance Learning,4(3),106-118.

Goetze, S., Laster, B., Ehren, B. (2010). RTI for secondary students. In M. Lipson & K. Wixson (Eds.) Successful approaches to RTI: Collaborative practices for improving K-12 literacy. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Martinez, G., Laster, B., & Conte, B. (2010, March). Message Boards for ELL students. TESOL Quarterly.

Martinez, G., Laster, B., & Conte, B. (2009). Message Boards: A springboard for literacy. In M. L. Dionísio; J. A. Brandão de Carvalho e R. V. Castro (Eds.), Discovering Worlds of Literacy. Proceedings of the 16th European Conference on Reading and 1st Ibero-American Forum on Literacies. Braga: Littera/CIEd. 1CD-Rom, ISBN 978-989-96548-0.

Ehren, B., Laster, B., and Watts-Taffe, S. (2009). The Language of Collaboration for RTI. RTI Action Network (website).

Laster, B. (2008, July). Liberating reading instruction: Professional development for content area teachers at a school for incarcerated youth. Journal of Curriculum and Instruction.

Laster, B. & Kirmani, M. (2006). Universal Teachings of Tolerance from the World's Religions. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations.

Arya, P., Martens, P.,Wilson, P., Altwerger, B., Jin, L., Laster, B., & Lang, D. (2006). Rethinking the direction of literacy instruction: Systematic phonics or literature-based. Language Arts.

Arya, P., Laster, B, & Jin, L. (2005). An open look at Open Court. In B. Altwerger (Ed.) Reading for profit: Corporate control of reading programs. Heinemann.

Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Laster, B., Jin, L., Martens, P., Renman, N. & Wilson, G. (2004). When research and mandates collide: The challenges and dilemmas of teacher education in the era of NCLB. English Education.

Laster, B. (2003, Fall). Analyzing student work and mentoring a teacher in the context of reading clinic. Maryland ASCD Journal. Towson, MD:MASCD, 33-43.

Laster, B., Brooks, E., Robeck, E. & Jenne, J. (2003). Learning in the context of service. Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn: A View From Higher Education. Salisbury, MD.: Salisbury University.

Laster, B., (2003). Service learning: Opening the door to multicultural education. Learning to Serve, Serving to Learn: A View From Higher Education. Salisbury, MD.: Salisbury University.

Worthing, Bern & Laster, B. (2002, October). Strategy Access Rods: A hands-on approach to owning reading strategies. The Reading Teacher, 56, 122-123.

Kirmani, M. H. & Laster, B. P. (2001). Responding to religious diversity in classrooms in Race, Class, and Gender. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Laster, B. & Conte, B. (2000). Emerging literacy: Message boards in preschool. In T. Rasinski, et.al.(Eds.) Developing Reading-Writing Connection. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Laster, B. (1999).Welcoming family literacy at the front door. In P. Mosenthal & D. Eversen (Eds.) Reconsidering the Role of the Reading Clinic in a New Age of Literacy. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.

Laster, B.& Kirmani, M. H.(April 1999). Responding to religious diversity in classrooms. Educational Leadership, (56)7.

Laster, B. & Conte, B. (December-January 1999). Message Boards for emerging literacy. The Reading Teacher.

Laster, B. (1997).Family literacy in the reading clinic. Inquiries in Literacy Theory and Practice. Chicago, IL: National Reading Conference.

Laster, B. (1996). From white elephant to cutting edge: The transformation of the reading clinic. Literacies for the 21st Century: Research and Practice. Chicago, IL: National Reading Conference.

Other Publications

Kirmani, M. & Laster, B. (2013). Wandering Wind. Createspace. [Children’s book].

Research Projects

Funded:

Laster, B. iPads for Reading Clinic. (2013). School for Emerging Technologies, Towson University.

O’Connor, E., Laster, B., & Mogge, S. (2003-2004) Improving Teacher Quality at Oak Hill Academy. District of Columbia Public Schools.

Frieman, B., Laster, B., Wiltz, N., Jin, L., & Wilkins, B. (2000-2003). Service Learning-Teacher Education Grant, Consortium of Salisbury University, Coppin State College &Towson University.

Laster, B. & Arya, P. (2002). Language, Literacy & Culture and Literacy Theory & Research Course Development Grant. Towson University Office of Sponsored Projects & Research.

Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Jin, L., Laster, B., Lang, D., Mackey, B., Pitcher, S., Renman, N., Wilson, G. P., & Wiltz, N. W. (2000-2001). Reading Research Grant, Towson University College of Education.

Laster, B. (1997). Reading Clinic Literacy Research Project. Towson University Office of Sponsored Projects & Research.