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                                   Alison K. Billman
                                         January, 2007

Alison Billman is a doctoral student at Michigan State University in the Educational Psychology
and Educational Technology program. Her research interests focus on language and literacy
development in preschool and primary grades. She is interested in inquiry-based learning
particularly when situated in authentic experiences and purposes for reading-to-learn. Billman’s
research interests emerge from her extensive classroom experiences with children. Her teaching
was marked by innovative practices involving complex inquiry projects in which primary student
researchers accessed resources in the community and in universities across the nation. She is the
recipient of various grants and fellowships including the Spencer Research Training Grant
Fellowship and she is a two time recipient of the Robert Craig Scholarship in Educational and
Psychological Studies. She has co-edited the book, Shaping Literacy Achievement: Research We
Have, Research We Need, (2007), and is co-author of Promoting Emergent Literacy in Licensed
Care (PELLC), a video recently distributed to all licensed care facilities in Michigan.


PERSONAL INFORMATION:

Michigan State University
College of Education
East Lansing, MI 48824
Email: billmana@msu.edu

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY:

Michigan State University College of Education                               Ph. D. Anticipated
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, & Special Education                     2008
Program in Learning, Technology, & Culture

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania                                         M. Ed.
College of Education
Elementary Education

Syracuse University                                                           B.S.
College of Human Development
Clothing/Theater Design

College of New Rochelle                                                                 Advanced
Salem University                                                                      Coursework
Loyola Marymount                                                                     in Education
Pennsylvania State University
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RESEARCH EXPERIENCE IN EDUCATION:

Research Assistant                                                                   2005-present
Literacy Achievement Research Center
Assessment of Comprehension of Informational Text
Dr. Nell K. Duke

Research Assistant                                                                     2005-2006
Emergent Learning From Text (E-LFT)
Carnegie Foundation Grant
Dr. Nell K. Duke

Research Assistant                                                                     2003-2006
Accelerating Expository Literacy to Improve School Outcomes (ACCEL)
Dr. Carol Sue Englert

Research Assistant                                                                           2004
Promoting Emergent Literacy in Licensed Care Project (PELLC)
Dr. Nell K. Duke

Research Assistant                                                                           2004
Teachers for a New Era
Induction Team/Literacy Instruction Development
Dr. Randi Stanulis


PUBLICATIONS

Billman, A. K., Hilden Katherine, & Halladay, J. (in preparation). Instructional strategies when
       texts are too difficult for primary-level students. In E. H. Hiebert & M. Sailors (Eds.),
       Finding the right texts for beginning and struggling readers: Research-based solutions.
       New York: Guilford.

Duke, N. K., & Billman, A. K. (in preparation). The difficulty of informational text with
      beginning readers. In E. H. Hiebert & M. Sailors (Eds.), Finding the right texts for
      beginning and struggling readers: Research-based solutions. New York: Guilford.

Duke, N. K., Moses, A. M., Subedi, D., Billman, A., K., & Zhang, S. (in preparation). The
      frequency and nature of developmentally appropriate emergent literacy activities in child
      care. Michigan State University.

Englert, C. S., Mariage, T. V., Okolo, C. M., Courtad, C. A., Shankland, R., Billman, A. K., et al.
       (in press). Accelerating expository literacy in the middle grades: The ACCEL project. In
       B. Taylor & J. Ysseldyke (Eds.), Educational interventions for struggling readers, K-6.
       New York: Teachers College Press.
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Pressley, M., Billman, A. K., Perry, K., Refitt, K., & Reynolds, J. (Eds.). (2007). Shaping
       literacy achievement. New York: Guildford.

Halliday, J., Billman, A. K., Refitt, K., Park, Y., Gao, F., & Hasty, N. (2007). The literacy
       research we have. In Shaping literacy achievement. New York: Guildford.

Duke, N., Moses, A., Billman, A., Zhang, S., & Bennett-Armistead, V.S. (Producers). (2006).
      Promoting emergent literacy in licensed care (PELLC) [Motion picture]. (Available from
      LARC, contact Shenglan Zhang at zhangsh5@msu.edu for further information).

Tower, C. & Billman, A.K. (2004, August). [Review of Stead, T. (2004). Time for nonfiction
       (Four tape video set)]. Portland, ME: Stenhouse. Education Review. Retrieved October
       15, 2004, from http://edrev.asu.edu/reviews/rev293.htm


PEER-REVIEWED PRESENTATIONS

Englert, C. S., Mariage, T. V., Okolo, C. M., Billman, A. K., Chen, H.-Y., Courtad, C. A., et al.
       (2007). Project ACCEL: A study of content area literacy in middle grade classrooms.
       Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research
       Association. Chicago.

Billman, A. K. (December, 2006). The inquiry-based instruction observation protocol system: A
       tool for measuring inquiry and literacy practices in the classroom. Paper presented at the
       annual meeting of the National Reading Conference. Los Angeles.

Duke, N. K., Hilden, K. R., Billman, A. K., Halladay, J., Reynolds, J., Zhang, S., et al.
      (December, 2006). The impact of the project-based approach to building informational
      literacy (PABIL) on informational reading and writing development, Paper presented at
      the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference. Los Angeles.

Duke, N. K., Moses, A. M., Billman, A. K., & Zhang, S. (April, 2006). Supporting literacy
      development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Paper presented at the annual meeting
      of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.

Billman, A., Courtad, C., Shankland, R., Jones, N. (April, 2006). Developing informational
       reading and writing skills in the middle grades: Project ACCEL. Roundtable presented at
       the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco,
       CA.

Duke, N. K., Reynolds, J., Billman, A. K., Hilden, K. (March, 2006). Early learning from text:
      An instructional model for primary grades. Paper presented at the Michigan Reading
      Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI.
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Duke, N. K., Hilden, K., Billman, A. K., Maier, K. (March, 2006). The concepts of
      comprehension assessment (COCA). Paper presented at the Michigan Reading
      Association Annual Conference, Detroit, MI.

Shankland, R., Jones, N., Billman, A., Courtad, C. (October, 2005). Improving informational
      reading and writing in the middle grades: Project ACCEL. Presentation at the Learning
      Disabilities Association of Michigan Annual Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Duke, N. K., Moses, A. M., Billman, A. K., & Zhang, S. (March, 2005). Supporting literacy
      development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Paper presented at the Michigan
      Reading Association Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

Billman, A. K. (1994, March). Educating and motivating parents: Workshops that work.
       Presentation at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Reading Conference, Edinboro,
       PA.

Billman, A. K., & Beals, B. (1993, February). Linking literacy to primary science. Presentation
       at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Reading Conference, Edinboro, PA.


INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Billman, A. K. (chair) (December, 2006). Measurement and instruction in literacy, National
       Reading Conference. Los Angeles.

Duke, N. K., Hilden, K., Billman, A. K., Halladay, J. (September, 2006). Improving information
      comprehension achievement in the primary grades. To be presented at the Literacy
      Achievement Research Center Literacy Teacher Conference, East Lansing, MI.

Duke, N. K., Hilden, K., Billman, A. K. (July, 2006). Assessing informational text
      comprehension. Presentation at the National Geographic School Publishing and Literacy
      Achievement Research Center Literacy Institute, Washington D.C.

Billman, A.K., Hilden, K., Halliday, J. (April, 2006). Strategies for working with difficult text
       with primary grade students. In M. Sailors (chair), Setting the Stage: Some Key Findings
       in Informational Text Research. Paper presented at the Preconvention Institute at the
       Annual meeting of the International Reading Association, Chicago, IL.

Billman, A. K. (chair) (December, 2005). Research methodologies series: Researchers Think
       Aloud, Special series at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference. Miami.

Billman, A. K. (November, 2005). Teaching all students: Meeting the challenges of diversity in
       the classroom. Presentation for TE 301: Learners and Learning in Context. Michigan
       State University, East Lansing, MI.
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Billman, A. K. (chair) (2004). Instructional strategies for addressing the challenges of reading for
       information on the internet, National Reading Conference: Teacher's Conference. Austin.

Billman, A. K. (2003, 2004). Inquiry and curriculum integration in a first grade classroom.
       Presentation for TE 301: Learners and Learning in Context. Michigan State University,
       East Lansing, MI.

Billman, A. K. (October, 2002) Cooperative learning strategies in inquiry-based classrooms.
       Presentation for Social Studies and Issues in Education. Grove City College, Grove City,
       PA.

Billman, A. K. (June, 1999 through 2003). Agriculture: Keystone of education. Keynote
       Address at the Maryland Agriculture in the Classroom, Westminster, MD.

Billman, A. K. (December, 2002). Building a project-based learning community in first grade.
       Presentation at the 5th Annual Conference for New York Kindergarten and First Grade
       Teachers, Syracuse, NY.

Billman, A. K. (July, 1994 through 2002). Agriculture: Keystone of education. Workshop
       Session at the Pennsylvania Agriculture in the Classroom, State College, PA.
Billman, A. K. (October, 2000). Vermicomposting in the classroom. Presentation at the School
       Gardening Workshop, Southern Westchester Board of Cooperative Educational Services,
       NY.

Billman, A. K., Fritz, A., & Puller, R. (March, December, 1998). Developing curriculum
       connections to composting and environmental consciousness in the K-4 classroom.
       Presentation at the Nature's Mobile Digesters: An Educator's Workshop About Worms
       and Composting, McKeever Environmental Center, Sandy Lake, PA.

Billman, A. K. (September, December, 1998). TEACCH: Methodology for teaching autistic
       children. Presentation at the Autism: Strategies for Parents and Teachers Workshop,
       Riverside Intermediate Unit, Clarion, PA.

Neugebauer, E., Atwell, C., Billman, A. K., Hancock, K., & Iurlando, A. (1998, February).
      Inclusive practices: Optimizing coordination, teaming, and technical assistance.
      Presentation at the Pennsylvania State Education Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Billman, A. K. (1997, July). Assembly line antics. Presentation at the National Agriculture in the
       Classroom Conference, Nashua, NH.

Billman, A. K. (1996, May). Agriculture: Keystone of civilization. Presentation at the National
       Agriculture in the Classroom Conference, Monterey, CA.

Billman, A. K. (1994, May). At-home publishing. Presentation at the Northwest Consortium
       Title One Parenting Conference, Meadville, PA.
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TEACHING EXPERIENCE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Instructor                                                                           2005
TE 402 Teaching of Subject Matter to Diverse Learners: Literacy Methods
Michigan State University

Instructor                                                                           2004
TE 802 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice
Michigan State University

Field Instructor/Intern Supervision                                             2003-2004
TE 501/502
Michigan State University
Graduate Assistant/Teaching Assistant                                           1986-1987
College of Education Reading Department
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania


TEACHING EXPERIENCE: K-12

First Grade Classroom Teacher                                                   1999-2003
Rye Neck Union Free School District
Mamaroneck, NY

First Grade Classroom Teacher                                                   1989-1999
Titusville Area Schools
Titusville, Pennsylvania


LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES IN EDUCATION

Project Coordinator                                                                  2005
Michigan State University College of Education and Department of Theater
Collaboration: Schoolhouse Rocks

Graduate Student Representative: Review Committee for Dean Ames                 2004-2005
Michigan State University College of Education

Grade Level Team Leader                                                         2001-2002
Rye Neck Union Free School District
Mamaroneck, NY

Staff Facilitator, Curriculum Developer, Instructor                             1994-2003
Pennsylvania Agriculture in the Classroom

Educational Advisor                                                                  2000
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Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture

Regular Education Representative                                                   1997-1999
Riverside Intermediate Unit Autism Team, Pennsylvania Department of
Education

Curriculum Committee, Workshop Developer, Instructor                               1997-1998
McKeever Environmental Center

CONSULTING

National Geographic Society School Publishing Division                           2003-present
Author Team: K-2 Informational Text and Comprehension Program
Norwalk City Schools; Norwalk, Ohio                                                     2006
Professional Development: K-2 and Informational Text Literacy

Galileo Early Childhood Center; Ingham County Intermediate School District              2004
Curriculum Consultant and Artist in Residence

Patricia Edwards, PhD                                                                   2004
Reviewer of Parents as Partners in Reading, 2nd edition


SERVICE

Member                                                                             2007-2009
Albert J. Kingston Award Committee
National Reading Conference

National Reading Conference 2006 Planning Group                                   2005, 2006

National Reading Conference Committee: Teachers Conference                              2005

Guest Reviewer, Early Childhood Research Quarterly                                      2005

Project Coordinator                                                                     2005
Michigan State University College of Education and Department of Theater
Collaboration: Schoolhouse Rocks

Graduate Student Representative: Review Committee for Dean Ames                    2004-2005
Michigan State University College of Education


GRANTS

Rye Neck Professional Development Grant                                              $700.00
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Rye Neck PSTA School Development Grant                                   $450.00
Mini-Master Gardeners Terrarium Project
Kids Gardening with Food: Cornell University Grant                       $500.00

Rye Neck PSTA School Development Grant                                    550.00
Science Equipment Project

Rye Neck PSTA School Development Grant                                    750.00
Math Curriculum Project

National Gardening Association Dutch Bulb Grant                         Supplies

SELECTED HONORS, AWARDS, ACHIEVEMENTS

Spencer Research Training Grant Fellowship

Robert Craig Scholarship 2005 & 2006

CEPSE Department Fellowship

Michigan State University Recruitment Fellowship

Outstanding Teacher Award

Delta Kappa Gamma Outstanding Women Teachers Honorary

Elizabeth Stadtlander Award: Excellence in First Year Teaching

Graduated Summa Cum Laude: Edinboro University

Outstanding Graduate Student: Edinboro University

Kappa Delta Pi: Education National Honor Society

Graduated Cum Laude: Syracuse University

Omicron Nu: Human Development National Honor Society


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Educational Research Association
National Council of Teachers of English
National Reading Conference
International Reading Association
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National Association for the Education of Young Children

				
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