Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Carl Myers (Director), Pamela Petty, Andrew Mienaltowski

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Specialist in Education


Much of the emphasis on interventions to improve literacy skills has been focused on the primary grade levels. Over the last decade, an increasing amount of research has stressed the need for effective reading interventions for adolescents. However, little research has evaluated effective professional development of secondary teachers in the area of literacy. The current study examines the results of embedded teacher professional development in the form of an intensive summer reading program on student reading achievement. Students reading below the 50th percentile at the end of seventh and ninth grades were identified. The final sample consisted of 92 students who participated in the summer program in its entirety. The program consisted of four weeks (20 sessions) of reading instruction. For the students below grade level, grade equivalent scores significantly increased one-third to one-half of a year. Limitations of the current study are discussed as well as recommendations for future research.


Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Social Psychology | Teacher Education and Professional Development