Rebecca Woodard, PhD
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
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1040 W. Harrison St. (MC 147), Chicago, IL 60607
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Rebecca Woodard's research focuses on building theory, contributing methods, and informing the practice of equity writing pedagogies. She draws from sociocultural and critical theories of learning and literacies, and from research on writing/composing, to explore both students' and teachers' expansive "literate landscapes" (Prior, 2017). She utilizes mobile methods for following writers and writing, and from various qualitative methods (e.g., case-study, design-based, inquiry) to contribute to understandings and implementation of more humane and responsive writing pedagogies.
Dr. Woodard's recent research has explored culturally sustaining writing pedagogy; connected learning pedagogy; and composing and making. She has also explored writing teachers' professional development and instructional practices; students’ online feedback and revision practices; teachers’ writing prompts and rubrics; teachers' writing outside of school and instruction in school; and urban literacy teacher education. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Written Communication, English Journal, The Reading Teacher, and Language Arts.
Woodard, R. (forthcoming). Teacher-writer-crafter-maker: An exploration of how making mattered for one writing teacher. Literacy.
Woodard, R., & Coppola, R. (2018). More than words: Student writers realizing possibilities through spoken word poetry. English Journal, 107(3), 62-67.
Woodard, R., Vaughan, A., & Machado, E. (2017). Exploring culturally sustaining writing pedagogy in urban classrooms. Literacy Research: Theory, Methods, & Practice, 66, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/2381336917719440
Woodard, R., & Kline, S. (2016). Lessons from sociocultural writing research for implementing the CCSS for ELA. Reading Teacher, 70(2), 207-216.
2013 - PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Curriculum & Instruction
2006 - MAT, Pace University, Elementary Education
2004 - BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Psychology