William Teale, EdD
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.
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
- 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)
- MEd Program in Language, Literacies, & Learning
Teale, W. H., Whittingham, C. E., & Hoffman, E. B. (in press). Early literacy research, 2006-2015: A decade of measured progress. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy.
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.
Turner, J. (2018). Nurturing young children's literacy development through effective preschool practices and policies: A conversation with Dr. William H. Teale. Language Arts, 95(3), 176-181.
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.
Honors & Awards
2016-2017 - President of the International Literacy Association
2013 - University Scholar, University of Illinois
2003 - Reading Hall of Fame
Most Recent Grants
2017 - Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H. Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Initiative.
2017 - Grant from Steans Family Foundation. Teale, W. H. & Tozer, S. Lawndale Leaders 4 Literacy: A Networked Improvement Community Focused on Early Literacy Achievement.
2017 - Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H. Early Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Initiative.
2017 - Grant from City of Chicago, Department of Family & Support Services. Teale, W. H. Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Evaluation.
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.
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