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Dutro, Elizabeth



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research overview

  • Dr. Dutro’s research investigates questions about how to design for teaching and learning that centers children's knowledge and perspectives. Her studies have focused on the nature and impacts of high stakes education reform policies, children's responses to curriculum and pedagogy, and how to design for teachers' collaborative learning. Her current research includes studies of 1) pedagogies designed to support critical, responsive approaches to trauma in classrooms; 2) two school partnership studies of job-embedded professional development that support teachers' collective learning, one in an urban school focused on facilitating text-based discussion and one in a rural school supporting teachers to respond to policy mandates on reading instruction. Professor Dutro's research is situated in research practice partnerships with public schools and is driven by the crucial need to better understand how to design for more just and responsive policies, schools, and literacy classrooms for children and youth.


  • literacy studies, trauma studies, affect, children, race, class, gender, and sexuality in schools, qualitative research, teacher learning, critical theory, poststructuralist theory, feminist theory


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courses taught

  • EDUC 2150 - Education in Film
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides opportunities to view and analyze how facets of education are represented (or misrepresented) in film. Considers narratives constructed about education and how those stories fuel popular conceptions of and assumptions about students, teachers, and schools. Examines how issues of race, class, and gender are embedded in how films represent schools, teachers, students, and communities.
  • EDUC 3190 - Introduction to Teaching and Learning
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    This online course is part of the BAIS degree-completion program. The course engages students in questions about what it means to teach and what it means to learn. Through readings, video, and illustrations of teaching and learning in and outside of schools, the course builds understandings about some key areas of teaching, learning, and schooling that will complement the content from other courses in the program. The course is centered in a framework of educational equity and justice that is threaded through the modules. The course is designed to support students in their post-degree goals across career contexts in which knowledge of teaching learning will enhance their work.
  • EDUC 3321 - Literacy in the Elementary Classroom 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022
    Over the course of the two-course sequence in literacy, students in the elementary major develop a foundational knowledge of core aspects of literacy learning and instruction and apply this knowledge in practica settings, working at individual, small group, and whole-class levels. Literacy 2 builds on the goals of the first course in the sequence and provides a central focus on the structure and components of equitable and robust writing instruction in K-5 classrooms. The course addresses the skills and processes of writing, how to support and engage writers, writing assessment, and the analysis and enactment of evidence-based writing instruction practices. In addition, the course includes content area literacy and continues building students� facilities with digital and multimodal literacy in elementary classrooms.
  • EDUC 4321 - Writing Instruction for Elementary Schools
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020
    Participants will engage theories and processes of literacy learning, writing development, and equity-oriented teaching. Students will learn, develop, and enact instructional strategies and lessons to support all students' successful participation in a range of multimodal literacy practices embedded in writing instruction in elementary classrooms.
  • EDUC 4341 - Elementary Reading Assessment and Instruction
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Builds on knowledge and teaching practices introduced in EDUC 4320. Addresses five critical components of reading. Refines understanding of research-based practices for diagnostic assessments and intervention, and teaching strategies for elementary age learners. Prepares candidates to deliver a comprehensive reading curriculum in the elementary grades.
  • EDUC 5245 - Foundations of Reading Instruction K-12
    Secondary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Comparatively analyzes current and emerging philosophies and programs in K-12 with focus on teaching reading and thinking skills.
  • EDUC 6964 - Capstone: Inquiry in the Content Areas
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Supports students in using and building on the ideas and content encountered in previous coursework. Requires students to conceptualize, design and implement an original research project that will serve as exit requirement for the degree. Reads and engages in research and theory associated with Teacher Research (i.e. research conducted by teachers for professional purposes).
  • EDUC 8103 - Special Topics in Literacy Research
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    This course provides students an opportunity for deep engagement with important topics and specialty areas in the field of literacy studies. Focused on topics of current interest in the field, the course supports students to examine issues of research and practice, which may include historical and current trajectories of an area of research, theories that animate an area of research and practice, and the methods through which researchers investigate questions related to the topic. In addition to readings and discussion, students complete writing and multimodal projects that allow students to engage with content and process related to the topic to demonstrate and share their learning. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 8155 - Advanced Topics in Literacy Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines special topics in theory and research related to literacy and literacy education. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • EDUC 8210 - Perspectives on Classroom Teaching and Learning
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2023
    Introduces students to various theoretical perspectives informing educational research and how they are employed to study teaching, learning, and policy in K-12 classrooms. Includes reading and discussion related to the assumptions,questions, methods, and findings associated with theoretical traditions within and across disciplines.
  • EDUC 8804 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Designed to meet needs of graduate students with topics of pertinent interest.


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