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 and was president of the International Literacy Association, 2016-2017.

He is currently heading two major projects: implementation of a networked improvement community focused on principals' instructional leadership for literacy in eight Chicago Public Schools (https://lawndaleleaders4literacy.com) and an evaluation of the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership initiative implemented through the City of Chicago. 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.

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

Program Coordination

  • MEd Program in Language, Literacies, & Learning

Selected Publications

Teale, W. H., Hoffman, E. B., Whittingham, C. E., & Paciga, K. (in press). Starting them young: How the shift from reading readiness to emergent literacy has influenced preschool literacy education. In C. M. Cassano & S. M. Dougherty (Eds.), Pivotal research in early literacy. New York: Guilford.

Whittingham, C. E., Hoffman, E. B., & Teale. (2017). Recent research that should inform principals’ literacy leadership. Principal, 97(2), 20-23.

Yokota, J., & Teale, W. H. (2017). Striving for international understanding through literature. The Reading Teacher, 70(5), 629-633.

Hoffman, J., Teale, W. H., & Yokota, J. (2016). The book matters! Choosing complex narrative texts to support literary discussion. In H. Bohart, H. B. Collick, & K. Charner (Eds.), Teaching and learning in the primary grades (pp. 32-40). Washington, DC: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Teale, W. H. (2016, Sept/Oct). The power of literacy, Literacy Today, http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/8165a33c#/8165a33c/8 

Yokota, J., & Teale, W. H. (2016, May/June). International books matter, Literacy Today, 6-7, http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/b508b9bc#/b508b9bc/8.  

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.

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.

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

2016-2017 - President of the International Literacy Association

2016 - Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H. Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Initiative.

2016 - Grant from Steans Family Foundation. Teale, W. H. & Tozer, S. Lawndale Leaders 4 Literacy: Eight North Lawndale Principals and their Schools.

2016 - Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H. Early Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Initiative.

2016 - Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Evaluation.

2015 - 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 - 2014-2017: 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 Literacy Association President, 2016-2017

International Reading Association Board of Directors, 2011-2014  

Literacy Research Association Board of Directors, 2007-2009