Barbara Laster

Professor

Barbara Laster

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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., 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 Presentations

Laster, B. & Leibfreund, M. (2015, May). Comprehension Connections, Codes, and Points-0f-View: Disciplinary Literacy Pedagogy. Lilly Conference, Bethesda, MD.

Leibfreund, M. & Laster, B. (2015, April). Comprehension Strategies with Non-fiction Texts. State of Maryland International Reading Association (S.O.M.I.R.A.C.), Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. & Kirmani, M.(2015, March). Exploring ubuntu/harmonies across religious/cultural differences in P-12 and teacher education settings. CIES (Comparative and International Education) conference, Washington, D.C. .

Cobb, J., Ryan, T. & Laster, B. (2015, March). Renewal in the Land of Eternal Spring: Literacy Teacher

Educators Reflecting on their Practice. CIES (Comparative and International Education) conference, Washington, D.C.Laster, B. (2015, February). Reading Comprehension: The different hats of Popoh Vuh.  Ifomentado el Apprendizaje de la Lectoescritura (Guatemalan Reading Association) conference. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Jones, J., Robnolt, V., Laster, B., Marinak, B., Welsch, J., Haid, L., Warner, J., Blanks, B., Champeau, K., & Carr, L. (2014, December). The Lenses of RTI: Exploring Professional Viewpoints and Creating Dialogues. Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, FL. Dozier, C., Laster, B., & Deeney, T. (2014, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, FL.

Laster, B. (2014, November). Hannah’s Story: The Beginning and End of Literacy. Educational Council of Teachers of English, Washington, D.C.

Laster, B. (2014, February). Visualizing and Verbalizing for Reading Comprehension. II Congreso de Lectoescritura: Fomentado el Apprendizaje de la Lectoescritura. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.

Laster, B. et al.(2013, December). Clinical Teacher Preparation that is Transformative: 1. The iPad Study 2. Video for Reflection 3. Cases of Transfer and Transformation. Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX.

Robnolt, V., Laster, B., Jones, J., Marinak, B., Welsch, J., Haid, L., Warner, J., Champeau, K., Ennis, I. & Carr, L. (2013, December). Transformative Literacy: Examining the State of Response to Intervention. Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX.

Laster, B. & Wood, D.(2013, November). Making Lemonade from Lemons: Growing the Writing Project in New Directions. National Council of Teachers of English, Boston, MA.

Robnolt, V., Laster, B., Haid, L., & Warner, J.(2013, October). Exploring the world of literacy in an RTI orld. Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Dallas, TX.

Laster, B. (2013, April) Updates from the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities. International Reading Association conference. San Antonio, TX.

Laster, B. (2013, April). Research in reading clinics. International Reading Association conference. (2013, April). San Antonio, TX.

Laster, B. & Salvatore, L. (2013, April). Literacy instruction from different lenses: Strategies to use to develop perspective and point-of-view. State of Maryland Reading Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. (2012, December). Framing RTI: Language, perceptions, and practices in the face of 21st century literacies. Literacy Reading Association conference. San Diego, CA.

Laster, B. (2012, December). Clinical teacher preparation that is transformative. Literacy Reading Association conference. San Diego, CA.

Laster, B. & Salvatore, L. (2012, November). Literacy instruction under the lens: Making a long term impact for a struggling reader, West Virginia State Reading Conference. White Sulphur Springs, WVa.

Laster, B. (2012, April). Impact of teacher learning on student learning. International Reading Association conference, Chicago, IL.

Laster, B. (2011, December). Taking back agency, power, and control: Successfully expanding academic participation by implementing RTI in a responsive environment. Literacy Research Association Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Laster, B., Deeney, T., Dozier, C., Cobb, J., Gurvitz, D.,Tysseling, L., McAndrews, S., et al (2011, December). Accessible methodologies across multiple clinical sites: Linking reading clinics/literacy labs and teacher practice. Literacy Research Association Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Laster, B. (2011, November).What university websites say (or should say) about ethical collaboration in writing and publishing. Literacy Research Association Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Dubert, L. & Laster, B. (2011, May). Technology supports for Tier II Interventions. International Reading Association Conference, Orlando, FL. Ehren, B. & Laster, B. (2011, May). RTI for Secondary Education. International Reading Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Laster, B., Smith, C., & Chory, M. (2011, March). RTI (Response to Instruction/Intervention): Opportunities and Challenges. State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Miller, D., Hersi, A., & Laster, B. (2011, March). IRA Standards, 2010: Promises and opportunities. State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference,Hunt Valley, MD.

Deeney, T., Dozier, C., Laster, B., et al (2010, December). Transfer and transformation: What reading clinic/literacy lab graduates’ current practices and contexts mean for clinic/lab instruction. National Reading Conference (Literacy Researchers Association), Ft. Worth, TX.

Cartwright, K., Haid, L., Laster, B. et al. (2010, December). Ethical issues in Teaching And Researching in a Virtual World. National Reading Conference (Literacy Researchers Association), Ft. Worth, TX. LERN-Literacy Educators Research Network. (2010, December). Issues of ideology and power in 21st century literacies. National Reading Conference (Literacy Research Association), Ft. Worth, TX.

Ehren, B. & Laster, B. (2010, June). The Guiding Principles of RTI: Secondary Education. National Webinar sponsored by the International Reading Association.

Laster, B., Walker-Dalhouse, D., & Watts-Taffe, S. (2010, May). The Guiding Principles of RTI: Teacher expertise. National Webinar: International Reading Association.

Ehren, B. & Laster, B. (2010, April). The language of collaboration for RTI. International Reading Association conference, Chicago, IL.

Lipson, M., Ehren, B. and Laster, B. (2010, February). The Guiding Principles of RTI: Comprehensive and systemic implementation with collaboration. National Webinar sponsored by the International Reading Association. LERN (In alphabetical order: Altwerger, B., Coleman, C., Daniels, DeCourcey, C., J., Filbert, T., Jin, L.,

Laster, B., Liu, X., Palladino, J., Shelton, N, and Watulak, S. L.). (2009, December). Current practice and visions of tomorrow: Challenges for 21st century literacy in the urban classroom. National Reading Conference (Literacy Researchers Association), Albuquerque, NM.

Dozier, C., Deeney, T., Laster, B., et al. (2009, December). Transformation and transference: From reading clinics/literacy labs to the classrooms. National Reading Conference (Literacy Researchers Association), Albuquerque, NM.

Leung, C., Cartwright, K., Laster, B. et al. (2009, December). Ethical issues in conducting Literacy research in school and out-of-school settings. National Reading Conference (Literacy Researchers Association), Albuquerque, NM.

LERN (In alphabetical order: Altwerger, B., Coleman, C., Daniels, J., Filbert, T., Jin, L., Laster, B., Liu, X., Lohnes, S., Palladino, J., and Shelton, N ). (2009, November). National Council of Teachers of English conference, Preparing Urban Literacy Learners for the 21st Century. Philadephia, PA.

Laster, B. & Martinez, G. (2009, November). Message Boards for School Library Media Specialists. National Association of School Librarians conference, Charlotte, NC.

Laster, B. & Blummer, B. (2009, October). Semiotics in the library. Georgia Conference of Library Media. Charleston, SC.

Laster, B. (2009, May). (Chair of session) Research on struggling readers. International Reading Association, Minneapolis, MI.

Martinez, G., Laster, B., & Conte, B.(2009, May). Message Boards: A Springboard for Literacy. International Reading Association conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Laster, B. (2009, February). (Panelist) Response to Intervention: The IRA Commission on RTI. International Reading Association, Phoenix, AZ.

Dozier, C., Deeney, T., Cobb, J., Sargent, S., McAndrews, S., McEnery, L., Dubert, L., Morewood, A., Gaunty-Porter, D., Gurvitz, D., Patchen, C., & Laster, B. (2008, December). Reading Clinics and Reading Labs: The State of the Art 2008. National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Handa, J. and Laster, B. (2008, July). Integration of Technology for Reading and Writing: Impact on International Students in an ESOL English Class. World Congress of Reading, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Laster, B., Dozier, C. Cobb, J., S., McAndrews, Gaunty-Porter, D., Gurvitz, D. & Patchen, C. (2008, July). From Reading Clinic to Classroom: Teacher Preparation at Multiple Sites. World Congress of Reading, San Jose, Costa Rica.

Martinez, G., Conte, B., & Laster, B. (2008, March). Message Boards: A Springboard for Early Reading and Writing. State of Maryland International Reading Association Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B., Deeney, T., Dozier, C. Cobb, J., Sargent, S., McAndrews, S., McEnery, L.,Dubert, L., Morewood, A., Gaunty-Porter, D., Gurvitz, D. and Patchen, C. (2007, December). From Clinic to Mandates: The Praxis of Teaching Reading after Reading Clinic/Literacy Lab. National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Laster, B. (2007, December). A Suburban Site: The Impact of Mandates for Reading Instruction in Traversing the Social, Cultural and Political Influences on Literacy Instruction for African American Learners in Rural, Suburban and Urban Settings. National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Laster, B. and Dozier, C. (2007-present, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. Austin, TX.

Handa, J. & Laster, B. (2007, June). A case study of an ESOL teacher using technology. ED-Media Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Handa, J. & Laster, B. (2007, January). An In-depth Case Study: Technology Integration in an English Composition Class. Hawaii International Conference on Education. Honolulu, HI.

Laster, B., Freppon, P., Deeney, T., and Dozier, C. (2006, August). Is there a match between reading/literacy clinic and real life In the classroom? IRA/World Congress, Budapest, Hungary.

Laster, B., Chair. (2006, November). What’s fluency got to do with it? National Council of Teachers’ of English conference, Nashville, TN.

Freppon, P., Laster, B., Deeney, T., Dozier, C.,Cobb, J., Sargent, S., McAndrews, S., Angell, V., McEnery, L., Dubert, L., Morewood, A., and Gaunty-Porter, D., & Walker, B. (2006, December). Life after Reading Clinic/Literacy Lab: Teachers’ reflection on practice. National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Laster, B. and Dozier, C. (2006, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. Los Angeles, CA.

Laster, B. & Mogge, S. (2006, December). What the miscues reveal: The reading strategies of 2nd and 5th graders. National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.

Laster, B. and Kirmani, M. (2006, July). Universal Teachings of Tolerance from the World’s Religions. 5th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations. Institute of Ethnic Administrators, Beijing, China.

Altwerger, B., Martens, P., Arya,, P., Wilson, P., Shelton, N., Laster, B., Mogge, S., Jin, L., and Jordan, N..(2006, May) Critical Questions About Reading and Reading Instruction in the Era of Reading First. International Reading Association, Chicago, IL.

Kirmani, M. & Laster, B. (2006, March). Terrorist acts and teachable moments. Towson University Multicultural Conference, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. & Wiltz, N. (2005, December). From 2nd to 5th Grade: The Perceptions and Metacognitions at a Direct Instruction and at a Guided Reading School. National Reading Conference. Miami, FL.

Laster, B., Freppon, P., Deeney, T., Dozier, C. Cobb, Hill, M., Walker, B.J., Sargent, S., McAndrews, S., Barnes, C., & McEnery, L., (2005, December). A National Survey of Reading Clinics. National Reading Conference. Miami, FL.

Laster, B. and Dozier, C. (2005, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. Miami, FL.

Handa, J. and Laster, B. (2005, March). Fast Online Communication: What is the Impact on Second Language Literacy Learners? State of Maryland Reading Assn. Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. and Katsafanas, M. (2005, March). Critical Issues in Assessment. State of Maryland Reading Assn. Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. (2005, March). Conceptions and Misconceptions of Good Reading: The Development of Students from 2nd Grade to 5th Grade. State of Maryland Reading Assn. Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. and Mogge,S. (2005, February). Conceptions, Misconceptions & Actions of Good Reading: Reading Development of Students from 2nd Grade to 5th Grade. Eastern Education Research Association, Sarasota, FL.

Laster, B. (2005, February). Literacy Instruction for Special Learners. Virginia State Reading Association, Arlington, VA.

Laster, B. & McAndrews, S. (2004, December). Reading Clinic/Literacy Lab to Classroom: Assessment of Learning and Evaluation of Professional Development (Chair and Moderator). Vocabulary and Fluency Assessments in Reading Clinic and Beyond. National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Laster, B. & Dozier, C. (2004, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Laster, B. & Wiltz, N. (2004, December). Conceptions and misconceptions of good reading: Metacognitive interviews at 2nd Grade and 5th Grade. National Reading Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Laster, B., Arya, P., & Evans, L. (2004, March). Short-term and Long-term Results of Parent Workshops in Reading Clinic. State of Maryland Reading Association conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. & Jin, L. (2004, February). Service Learning: A Launching Pad for Understanding Human Diversity. Association of Teacher Educators. Dallas, TX.

Laster, B. & Arya, P., (2004, February). Parents Gains in Knowledge Related to Children’s Reading Development after Participating in Parent Workshops in Reading Clinic. Eastern Educational Research Association, Clearwater, FL.

Laster, B., & Arya, P., (2003, December) The Sustainability of Parent Learning: Short-term and Long-term Results of Parent Workshops in Reading Clinic. National Reading Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.

Laster, B. (2003, December). Chair of Session: From Reading Clinic to Classroom: Diagnostic Teaching and its Sustainability. National Reading Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.

Laster, B. & Freppon, P. (2003, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. Scottsdale, AZ.

Kirmani, M. & Laster, B. (2003, June). Opening the Doors: Religious Diversity in Early Childhood Classrooms After September 11. NAEYC National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development Conference. Portland, OR.

Laster, B. (2003, May). Musings on Metacognition. Maryland Association for Adult, Community, And Continuing Education. Timonium, MD.

Laster, B. (2003, April). From Service Learning to Internships: Scaffolding Student Learning. Lilly Conference for College Teaching, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. (2002, December). Eureka! Scaffolding in the Context of Reading Clinic: A Kindergarten Teacher Teaches Reading to a Fourth Grader. As part of an alternative session that I chaired entitled: Research Methodologies for Teacher and Student Learning In Reading Clinics/Literacy Centers;National Reading Conference. Miami, FL.

Laster, B. & Freppon, P. (2002, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. Miami, FL.

Laster, B. (2002, July). Phonics Based Reading Program: OCEY and BLOCK Schools. World Congress of Reading. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Lang, D., Laster, B., Martens, P. Pitcher, S., & Wilson, P. (2002, April). The Influence of Instructional Programs on Children’s Use of Reading Strategies. International Reading Association, San Francisco, CA.

Laster, B. & Arida, D. (2002, March). Instructional Strategies for Adolescent and Adult Beginning Readers. State of Maryland Reading Association. Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Laster, B. & Worthing, B. (2002, March). Strategy Access Rods (SAR). State of Maryland Reading Association. Conference, Hunt Valley, MD. Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Lang, D., Laster, B., Martens, P, Pitcher, S., & Wilson, P. (2002, March). Impact of Four Distinct Reading Programs on Second Graders’ Reading Strategies. State of Maryland Reading Association Conference, Hunt Valley, MD.

Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Lang, D., Laster, B., Marten, P, Pitcher, S., & Wilson, P. (2002, February). Impact of Four Distinct Reading Programs on Second Graders’ Reading Strategies. Educational Research Conference sponsored by Baltimore County Reading Association and the State of Maryland Reading Association, Towson. MD.

Laster, B. (2001, December). Research on Teacher Learning in Clinical Settings: Examining Ways to Better Prepare Educators. National Reading Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Lang, D., Laster, B., Marten, P, Pitcher, S., & Wilson, P. (2001, December). The Impact of Four Contrasting Reading Programs on Urban Second Graders’ Knowledge and Processes of Reading. National Reading Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Laster, B., & Freppon, P. (2001, Dec.) Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference. San Antonio, TX.

Altwerger, B., Arya, P., Lang, D., Laster, B., Martens, P, Pitcher, S., & Wilson, P. (2001, November). Urban classrooms re-created: How reading is constructed by second graders in four different reading programs. With the Towson Literacy Research Center. National Council of Teachers of English Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Hester, E. & Laster, B. (2001, May). Language and Reading Assessment. Maryland Association of Speech and Language Therapy, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. (2000, December). 50+ Years of Research from Reading Clinics. National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Laster, B. and Freppon, P. (2000, Dec.) Reading Clinics Study Group. (Co-chair) National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ.

Laster, B. Calvano, W. and Kulek, J. (2000, Oct.) Instructional strategies for high school beginning readers. 7th International Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Conference, Baltimore, MD,

Laster, B. (2000, May). Training Teachers to Supervise Paraprofessionals and Literacy Tutors. International Reading Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Laster, B., & Conte, B. (2000, April). Message Boards: A Springboard for Early Reading and Writing. Association for Childhood Educators International, Baltimore, MD.

Laster, B. (2000, February). Mukesh's Egg, Talia's Latke, and Running Through Ramadan: Issues of Religious Diversity in the Public Schools. Eastern Educational Research Association, Clearwater, FL.

Laster, B. (1999, December). Aspriring Reading Specialists Supervise Paraprofessionals: Evaluation of the Advanced Reading Clinic Experience. National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Laster, B. & Freppon, P. (1999, Dec.) Reading Clinics Study Group. National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Laster, B , Van Evera, C. & James, N. (1999, October). Literacy Events for Diverse Parents and Children. 10th Eastern International Reading Association Conference, Dover, DE.

Laster, B., & Arya, P. (1999, April). deBono's Hats and Other Simulations: Enhancing Understanding of Diverse Viewpoints. Lilly Conference for College Teaching, Towson, MD.

Laster, B , Bauman, S., & Howard, M. (1999, March). F.L.I.P. and Other Strategies for Secondary Reading. State of Maryland Reading Association Conference, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. (1998, December). Opening Dialogues Across Reading Clinics. National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Laster, B. & Freppon, P. (1999, December). Reading Clinics Study Group. National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.

Laster, B. & Kirmani, M. (1998, October). Integrating Diversity in Professional Development Schools. Professional Development Schools National Conference, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. (1998, April). Graphic Organizers for Reading and Writing. Lilly Conference for College Teaching, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. (1998, March). Reading Expos Bloom in All Seasons. State of Maryland Reading Association Conference, Towson, MD.

Laster, B. (1998, February). Critical Incidents in the Training of Literacy Professionals. Eastern Educational Research Association, Tampa, FL.

Laster, B. (1997, December). Impact of Family Literacy on Teachers’ Learning. National Reading Conference, Scottsdale, AZ

Laster, B. (1997, September). Assessment in Experiential Education: The Reading Practicums. National Society of Experiential Education, Wheaton, MD.

Laster, B. (1997, March). A Reading Expo for All Seasons. Virginia State Reading Association Conference, Rosslyn, VA.

Laster, B. (1997, February). Educational Researcher or Teacher-Researcher: Reflections on Journeying Down the Sometimes-Divided Road. Eastern Educational Research Association, Hilton Head, SC,

Laster, B. (1997, February). Preparing Teachers of Literacy in a Democratic Society. Association of Teacher Educators, Washington, DC.

Laster, B. (1996, December). Family Literacy in the Reading Clinic. National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC.

Laster, B. (1996, December). Reading Clinic Directors Speak Up. National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC.

Laster, B. (1996, December). Reading Clinic Transformations (Birds of a Feather facilitator). National Reading Conference, Charleston, SC.

Laster, B. (1996, February). Case Studies For Literacy Learning In Therapeutic Or Developmental Settings. International Reading Association’s North American Adolescent and Adult Literacy Conference, Washington, DC.

Bellows, B. (1995, December). From Dinosaur to Cutting Edge: The Transformation of the Reading Clinic? National Reading Conference; New Orleans, LA.

Bellows, B. (1994, December). Adolescent Students' Use of Text Structure in Expository Reading and Writing Tasks. National Reading Conference, San Diego, CA.

Bellows, B. (1994, February). Creating a Comprehension Community: The Radio Reading Game. Virginia State Reading Association Conference, Arlington, VA.

Bellows, B. (1992, February). Teaching Metacognition in Reading: A Case Study. Urban Ethnography Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Bellows, B. (1991, March). Making Minds Stretch: New Approaches for Reading & Writing through Science and Social Studies. Virginia State Reading Association Conference, Arlington, VA.

Hutson, B. & Bellows, B. (1990, February). How Do People Think While They Read Directions for Assembly? The Role of Information Search Process. Eastern Educational Research Association's Annual Conference, Clearwater, FL.

Bellows, B. (1988, April) Metacomprehension and Speed Reading. Virginia State Reading Association Conference, Richmond, VA.

Bellows, B. (1987, April). What Makes a Team? The Composition of Small Groups for C.A.I. American Educational Research Association Convention, Washington, DC.

Bellows, B. (1982, May). The Role of the Reading Teacher: The Reading Teacher's Perspective. International Reading Association Convention, Chicago, IL.

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.