Faculty & Staff

William Teale, EdD

Professor, University Scholar, Director of the Center for Literacy

William H. Teale is Professor in the Literacy, Language & Culture Program, University Scholar, and Director of the UIC Center for Literacy. He teaches courses on early literacy and children's/young adult literature at the master's and doctoral levels. Author of more than 150 publications, Teale is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame, served on the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association from 2011 to 2014, and was recently elected to become president of the International Literacy Association in 2016.

He is currently heading two major investigations: a statewide evaluation of the Lead Learn Excel program, which is part of Illinois’ Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge and a large-scale survey of Head Start parents and staff focused on their concepts of school readiness. In 2013 he completed the third of his U.S. Department of Education-funded, school-based projects focused on the development of preschool classrooms that represent centers of early literacy excellence. Details of the results of these projects can be found at UIC Early Reading First website.

Education

1977 - EdD, University of Virginia, Reading Education/English Education

Research & Teaching Interests

Focal Research Interests

  • Emergent literacy
  • Beginning reading and writing instruction
  • Children's literature and literacy education
  • Technology and teacher education for literacy 

Teaching

  • Children's and Young Adult Literature (MEd)
  • Literacy Leadership (MEd)
  • Early Literacy (PhD)
  • Research in Children's and Young Adult Literature (PhD)

Program Coordination

  • MEd Program in Literacy, Language, & Culture

Selected Publications

McKay, R. & Teale, W. H. (2015). Not this but that: No more teaching a letter a week. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Publishing Company.

Hoffman, J., Teale, W. H., & Yokota, J. (2015). The book matters! Choosing narrative children’s literature to support read aloud discussion of complex texts in the early grades. Young Children, 70(4), 8-15.

Paciga, K., Lisy, J., Teale, W. H. & Hoffman, J. (2015). Student engagement in classroom read alouds: Considering seating and timing. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 43(3), 7-14.

Teale, W. H., Walski, M., Hoffman, E., Whittingham, C., Meehan, M., & Colaner, A. (2015). Early childhood literacy: Policy for the coming decade. Chicago: Research on Urban Policy Initiative & University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy.  

Phillips, N., Woodard, R., & Teale, W. H. (2015). Impacting literacy policy—And practice. Illinois Reading Council Journal. 43(3), 3-5.​

Hoffman, J., Teale, W. H., & Paciga, K. (2014). The complexities of assessing vocabulary learning in early childhood. The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 14(4), 459-481.

Yokota, J., & Teale, W. H. (2014). Picture books and the digital world: Making informed choices. The Reading Teacher, 34(6) 577-585.

Hoffman, J. L., Paciga, K. A., & Teale, W. H. (2014). Common Core State Standards and early childhood literacy instruction: Confusions and conclusions (UIC Center for Literacy Research Paper). Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy.

Cullerton, A., & Teale, W. H. (2014). Literacy and undocumented immigrant youth in a federal detainment center: Working toward a better future (UIC Center for Literacy Research Paper). Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy.

Teale, W. H., Hoffman, J., & Paciga, K. (2014). What do children need to succeed in early literacy—And beyond? In K. Goodman, R. Calfee, & Y. Goodman (Eds.), Whose knowledge counts in government literacy policies? Why expertise matters (pp. 179-186). New York: Routledge.

Chaudhri, A., & Teale, W. H. (2013). Stories of multiracial experiences in literature for children, ages 9-14. Children’s Literature in Education, 44(4), 359-376.

Paciga, K., Lisy, J., & Teale, W. H.  (2013). Better start before kindergarten: Computer technology, interactive media and the education of preschoolers. Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education, 7(2), 85-104.

Teale, W. H., Lyons, K., Gambrell, L., Zolt, N., Olien, R., & Leu, D. (2013).  An online learning community as support for at-risk students’ literacy growth:  Findings, implications, and challenges.  In A. Shamir & O. Korat (Eds.), Technology as a support for literacy achievements for children at risk (pp. 141-156).  Dordecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Paciga, K. A., Hoffman, J. L., & Teale, W. H. (2011). The National Early Literacy Panel Report and classroom instruction: Green lights, caution lights, and red lights. Young Children, 66(6), 50-57.

Yokota, J., & Teale, W. H. (2011). Materials in the school reading curriculum.  In T. Rasinski (Ed.), Rebuilding the foundation:  Effective reading instruction for 21st century literacy (pp. 66-87)Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

Teale, W. H., Paciga, K. A., & Hoffman, J. L.  (2010). What it takes in early schooling to have adolescents who are skilled and eager readers and writers.  In K. Hall, U. Goswami, C. Harrison, S. Ellis & J. Soler (Eds.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on learning to read: Culture, cognition and pedagogy (pp. 151-163).  London: Routledge.

Teale, W. H., Hoffman, J. L., & Paciga, K. A. (2010). Where Is NELP leading preschool literacy instruction? Potential positives and pitfalls. Educational Researcher, 39(4), 311-315.

Scott, J. L., & Teale, W. H.  (2010). Redesigning teacher education programs: How high can we fly? The Reading Teacher, 64(4), 291-293.

Teale, W. H., & Scott, J. L. (2010). Making urban schools better places for students, teachers, and families: An interview with Charles Payne. The Reading Teacher, 63(8), 702-705.

Paciga, K. A., Garrette Lisy, J., & Teale, W. H.  (2009). Examining student engagement in preschool read-alouds.  Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, 58, 330-347.

Scott, J. L., & Teale, W. H.  (2009). Effective literacy instruction for urban children:  Voices from the classroom.  The Reading Teacher, 63(4), 338-341.

Teale, W. H.  (2009). Students learning English and their literacy instruction in urban schools.  The Reading Teacher, 62(8), 699-703.

Koss, M. D., & Teale, W. H.  (2009).  What’s happening in YA literature? Trends in books for adolescents.  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(7), 563-572.

Teale, W. H., Hoffman, J., Paciga, K. Garrette, J., Richardson, S., & Berkel, C.  (2009). Early literacy:  Then and now.  In Y. Goodman & J. Hoffman (Eds.), Changing literacies for changing times (pp. 76-97).  New York: Routledge/Lawrence Erlbaum.

Honors & Awards

2015 - Elected to the Presidency of the International Literacy Association (Vice President, 2015-2016; President, 2016-2017).

2015 - 2015-2016: Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H., Adams, G. F., & Camacho, R. Chicago Head Start Parent and Family Engagement Programs

2014 - 2014-2016: Grant from Illinois Department of Human Services/Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge. Teale, W. H. & Meehan, M. The Effectiveness of the Illinois Preschool Instructional Excellence Initiative.

2014 - 2014-2015: Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H., Adams, G. F., Camacho, R., & Knights, L. UIC Parent and Family Engagement Programs

2013 - University Scholar, University of Illinois.

2013 - 2013-2014: Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H., Camacho, R., Knights, L., & O’Laughlin, B. UIC Parent and Family Engagement Programs

2009 - 2009-2013: United States Department of Education Early Reading First Grant. Brookfield, J., Teale, W. H., & Meehan, M. IMPACT: Instructional Model Program for All Children and Teachers: Early Language and Literacy Excellence--Early Reading First in Archdiocese of Chicago Schools.

2008 - 2008-2012: United States Department of Education Early Reading First Grant. Teale, W. H., Brookfield, J., & Meehan, M. APLLE: Achieving Preschool Language and Literacy Excellence--Early Reading First in Archdiocese of Chicago Schools.

2006 - 2006-2010: United States Department of Education Early Reading First Grant. Teale, W. H., Meehan, M., & Brookfield, J. Charting a Course to Literacy: Early Reading First in Chicago Charter Schools.

2003 - Reading Hall of Fame

Professional Affiliations & Activities

Director, UIC Center for Literacy

International Reading Association Board of Directors, 2011-2014  

Literacy Research Association Board of Directors, 2007-2009