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Jessica Early

Director of English Education, Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 0302
Biography

Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)

Bio

Jessica Early, Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, is a scholar of English education and secondary literacy. She initially began her career in the field of education as a high school English language arts teacher. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the teaching of writing and writing practices in ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary English Language Arts classrooms as well as the preparation and professional development of urban English Language Arts teachers. 

Dr. Early has published widely. Her second book, Real World Writing for Secondary Students (Teacher College Press Language and Literacy Series, 2012) presents theoretical grounding and concrete strategies for teaching writing to ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary students. She is also the author of Stirring up Justice: Reading and Writing to Change the World (Heinemann, 2006) a classroom-based examination of a literacy curriculum revolving around issues of activism within an urban secondary English classroom and she is a co-editor of Advances in International Writing Research: Cultures, Places, and Measures (Parlor Press, 2012). Her research appears in numerous scholarly journals including Reading & WritingBilingual Research Journal, Journal of Writing Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, The International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, English Leadership Quarterly, Literacy Today, and Rethinking Schools. Dr. Early serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Teacher Education and Voices from the Middle.

She is the Director of the Central Arizona Writing Project, located in the Department of English at Arizona State University. The CAWP is part of the National Writing Project network, the oldest and largest professional development project in the United States. In addition to working with K-12 teachers throughout the greater Phoenix area, Dr. Early teaches Research Methods in English Education, Methods of Teaching Composition in Secondary Classrooms, and Teaching Texts and Critical Literacy in Secondary Classrooms. Her current research focuses on the teaching of college and career-ready writing at the secondary level and on finding successful ways of shifting curriculum to better prepare ethnically and linguistically diverse students for the kinds of writing tasks they will need in college, the work place, and the community.

 

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Education

Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2007

Master of Arts Teaching, Lewis & Clark College, 1998 -  English Education Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts, English, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, 1994

Research Interests

Writing Research in Classroom Communities

English Language Arts Teacher Preparation

Teacher Research in English language arts classrooms

National Writing Project

Publications

Books (Refereed) - Notes: lead author listed first; * indicates collaborators who are graduate students.

Early, J. S. & DeCosta, M.* (2012). Real world writing for secondary students: Teaching the college admission essay and other gate-openers for higher education. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. 

Early, J. S.  (2006). Stirring up justice: Writing and reading to change the world. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 

Books (Edited):

Bazerman, C., Dean C., Early J., Lunsford, K., Null S., Rogers P. & Stansell A. (Eds.) (2012). Advances in international writing    research: Cultures, places, and measures. West     Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press. 559 pages. 

Special Issues of Journals Edited:

Graham, S., Early, J. & Wilcox, K. (2014). Writing Instruction in the Secondary Schools. Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 27(6), 969-1117.

Scholarly Journal Articles (Refereed)

Early, J. S. & Saidy, C. (2016). Wrestling with the Cat Lady: Teaching Writing in an Era of Assessment. English Journal. 105(6),104-106. .

Early, J. S. & Baker, T. (2016). Partners in Learning: Engaging the Families of English Learners. Literacy Today, 34(1), 12-13. 

Saidy, C. & Early, J. S. (2016). “You Need More Organization Bro”: Relationship Building in Secondary Writing and Revision. The Clearinghouse. 29(2), 54-60.

Early, J. S. & Flores, T. T.* (2015). Cuentos del Corazón (Stories from the Heart): An After School Writing Project for Bilingual Students and their Families. Rethinking Schools. 30(1), 12-19.

Early, J. S. & Saidy, C. (2014). Uncovering Substance: Teaching Revision in High School Classrooms. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 58(3), 209-218. 

Early, J. S. (2014). Imagining the Possibilities: Improving the Teaching of Writing Through Teacher-Led Inquiry. English Leadership Quarterly, 36(4), 11-15. Awarded: 2015 Conference on English Leadership Honorable Mention Article: http://www.ncte.org/cel/awards/bestarticle

Early, J. S. & Saidy, C. (2014). A study of a multiple component feedback approach to substantive revision for secondary ELL and multilingual writers. Reading & Writing, 27(6), 995-1014. 

Graham, S., Early, J. & Wilcox, K. (2014). Adolescent writing and writing instruction: introduction to the special issue. Reading & Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal. 27(6), 969-972. 

Early, J. S., & DeCosta-Smith, M.* (2011). Making a case for college: A genre-based collegeadmission essay intervention for underserved high school students. Journal of Writing Research, 2(3), 299-329. 

Early, J. S. (2010). ‘Mi hija you should be a writer’: The role of parental support and learning to write. Bilingual Research Journal, 33(3), 277-291.

Early, J. S., DeCosta-Smith, M.*, & Valdespino, A.* (2010). Write your ticket to college: A genre-based college admission essay  workshop for ethnically diverse, underserved students. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 54(3), 209-219. 

Early, J. S. & DeCosta-Smith, M.* (2010). Demystifying college. Educational Leadership68

Early, J. S. & Shagoury, R. (2010). What supports new urban teachers? Educational Leadership, 67.

Early, J. S. & Shagoury, R. (2010). Learning from the lived experiences of new language arts teachers working in diverse, urban schools. Teaching and Teacher Education an International Journal of Research and Studies, 26 (4), 1049-1058.

Early, J. S. (2010). Character connections: A multigenre approach to studying Hamlet. Classroom Notes Plus, 27(3), 9-13.

Early, J. S. & DeCosta, M.* (2009). Inviting in the life world: Illness narratives and personal and creative writing in medical education. The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.

Singer, J. & Shagoury, R. (2006). Stirring up justice: Adolescents reading, writing and changing the world. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 49(4), 318-339. 

Singer, J.  (2005). Finding and framing teacher research questions: Moving from reflective practice to teacher research. Teaching and Learning. The Journal of Natural Inquiry & Reflective Practice, 19(3), 144-155.

Singer, J. & Hubbard, R. (2003). Teaching from the heart: Guiding adolescent writers to literate lives. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 46(4), 326-338. 

Singer, J.  (2002). Getting students off the track.  Rethinking Schools, 17(1), 16-17.

Chapters in Edited Books (Peer Reviewed):

Early, J. S. (2010). Getting students off the track. In T. Burant, L. Christensen, K. D. Salas, & S. Walters. The new teacher book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom, 2nd Edition, 331-338. Milwaukee, WI: Rethinking Schools.

Singer, J. & Singer, G. (2007). Writing as physical and emotional healing: Findings from clinical research. In C. Bazerman (Ed.) Handbook of writing research: History, society, school, individual, text, 485-499. Mahwah, NY:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 

Singer, J. (2000). Looking through layers: A study of Guatemala. In A. Makler and R. Hubbard (Eds.) Teaching for social justice in the social studies classroom: Millions of intricate moves, 43-56. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Book Chapters (Invited):

Early, J. S. (2012). Joining a conversation in progress: Teaching the literature review to doctoral students. In R. Shagoury and B. M. Power (Eds.). Living the questions: A guide for teacher researchers, 180-185. Portland, ME: Stenhouse Publishers.

Singer, J. (2007). Preparing students for life after high school: An interview writing project. In T. Newkirk and R. Kent (Eds.) Teaching the neglected R: Rethinking writing instruction in secondary classrooms, 198-213. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Book Reviews (Refereed)

Early, J. S. (2014). Empowering Young Writers. Review of Empowering Young Writers: The “Writers Matter Approach”. Teachers College Record. http://www.tcrecord.org. ID Number: 17584. 

Singer, J. (Fall, 2004).  A review of Cyberactivism: Online activism in theory and practice. Kairos.9.1 english.ttu.edu/Kairos/9.1/binder.html?reviews/singer/index.htm

Book Reviews (Invited)

Early, J. S. (2009). A so-called vacation [Review of the book A so-called vacation]. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 53 (1). 80-81.

Early, J. S. (2009) Mexican white boy [Review of the book Mexican white boy]. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 52 (6), 540-541.

Early, J. S. (2008). Under the bridge: Stories from the border [Review of under the bridge: Stories from the border], Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 52 (3), 259.

Research Activity
Spring 2017
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ENG 606Adv Studies in English Educ
Fall 2016
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ENG 194Special Topics
ENG 507Methods/Issues Teaching Comp
Summer 2016
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ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2016
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ENG 598Special Topics
Fall 2015
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ENG 500Research Methods
Summer 2015
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ENG 540Tchng Young Adult Literature
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Fall 2014
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ENG 507Methods/Issues Teaching Comp
Summer 2014
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ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2014
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ENG 507Methods/Issues Teaching Comp
Fall 2013
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ENG 480Methods Teaching English: Comp
Summer 2013
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ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Spring 2013
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ENG 507Methods/Issues Teaching Comp
Fall 2012
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ENG 494Special Topics
ENG 598Special Topics
Summer 2012
Course NumberCourse Title
ENG 594Conference and Workshop
Presentations

INVITED PUBLIC LECTURES & WORKSHOPS

National and International

Second Generation Leadership: A Writing Project Director’s Workshop. Invited Speaker and Facilitator. National Writing Project Annual Meeting. Minneapolis, MN. November 2015.

How Narrative Matters. Invited Panelist Panel for National Writing Project Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. November 2014.

Building, Sustaining, and Expanding University Partnerships and Support. Invited Panel for NationalWriting Project Annual Meeting. Boston, MA. November 2013.

What is College-Ready Writing, Anyway? Keynote Address for National Writing ProjectSpring Meeting, Washington D.C. March 2013. http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/doc/13sm/home.csp.

Investing in Your Site’s Connection to the University Foundation and Development Office. Invited presentation for the National Writing Project Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. November 2012.

Online Learning Experiences: Upcoming Opportunities. Invited presentation for National Writing Project Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. November 2012.

Mi Hija, You Should Be a Writer’: The Importance of Sponsorship in Learning to Write. South Coast Writing Project Guest Consultant at the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. July 2008.

Invited Introduction for CCCC’s Featured Speaker James W. Pennebacker, Ph.D. Conference on College Composition and Communication. New Orleans, LA. April 2008.

Students Succeeding Against the Odds. South Coast Writing Project Guest Consultant at the University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. June 2007.

Writing to Beat the Odds: ESL College Writers. South Coast Writing Project Guest Consultant at the English Language Learners Institute University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA.  June 2006.

Tools of the Trade: Journals as a Path to Understanding your Classroom.” Invited presentation for the Teacher Research Conference. Texas State University, San Marcus, TX. October 2001.

What are You Drawn To?:Finding and framing Teacher Research Questions.” Invited presentation at the Teacher Research Conference. Texas State University, San Marcus, TX. October 2001.

Stirring up Justice. Invited presentation to Texas State University’s Phi Delta Kappa Meeting. Texas State University, San Marcus, TX. October 2001.

Local and Regional:

Teaching Argument Writing Using a Writing Workshop Approach. Invited Workshop Mesa Public Schools. Mesa Curriculum & Instruction Center, May 15, 2015.

Writing the College Admission Essay. Invited workshop for ASU Preparatory Academy. ASU Downtown Campus, November 2014.

The Power of Words: Literacy as a Human Right. Invited Panel Presentation for National Day of Writing. ASU Downtown Campus, October 2014.

Literacy Sponsorship and Academic Success. Keynote Address for Rancho Salado Preparatory Academy National Honors Society Induction Ceremony. Scottsdale, AZ. April 2013.

University Colloquia:

ASU American Education Research Association Division G Student Group. Developing a Framework: Conceptualizing Your Ideas Before the Writing Process Begins. January 26, 2015.

Teleconference question and answer session on teaching for social justice in the secondary English Language Arts curriculum as a guest faculty for MA students in secondary English Language Arts at University of Minnesota Deluth. December 2013.

Stirring up Justice: Writing and Reading to Change the World. Invited public lecture for Social Justice Series: Writing for Social Change. Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA. November 1, 2012.

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Notes: *indicates collaborators who are graduate students and **indicates collaborators who are local or national secondary teachers

Refereed Conference Papers: International and National

Writing Our Future: Creating Biliterate After-School Writing Spaces for Multilingual Families. Tracey Flores* 2015 Literacy Research Association Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. November 2015.

Teachers as Change Makers! Using Teacher Research to Impact Positive Change in the Teaching of Writing (Chair). April McNary** Heidi Udall** National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Minneapolis, MN. November 2015.

Moving On and Beyond: Preparing High School Students for College Writing. Shawn Towner,* Katie Alford* National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Minneapolis, MN. November 2015.

Writing Our Future: Engaging Families in After-School Literacy Spaces. Tracey Flores,* Autumn Warntjes,** Amy Lierman** National Council of Teachers of English Convention.

Youth and Community: Extending the Reach and Relevance of Writing Project Programs Roundtable. National Writing Project Annual Meeting. Washington D.C. November 2014.

Intersections: Building Informal Science Education and Literacy Partnerships. Association of Science and Technology Centers. Raleigh, NC. October 2014.

An Intervention Study of Three Revision Strategies in a Secondary Writing Classroom. International Conference of Writing Research. Amsterdam, Netherlands. August 2014.

Reexamining Revision: A Study of Substantive vs. Surface Level Writing in a U.S. Secondary Classroom. Writing Research Across Borders International Conference. Paris, France. February

Think! Write! Take Action!: Making Writing Public in Secondary Classrooms (Chair). National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Boston, MA. Funk, K**. November 2013.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know!: Teacher Research for Transformative Teaching in Grades K-12. National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Boston, MA. Czerwinski, K.**& Hayes, A*. November 2013.

Real World Writing for Secondary Students: Teaching the College Admission Essay and Other Gate Openers for Higher Education (SIG-Writing & Literacies). Roundtable Session. American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. April 2013.

Too Legit to Quit: Refiguring “Writing Transitions” on a Spectrum of Public Engagement. Conference of College Composition and Communication. Las Vegas, NV. March 2013.

Opening the gates: Creating Real World Writing Opportunities for Diverse Secondary Students. Annual Conference of the Literacy Research Association. San Diego, CA. November 2012.

Writing as a Gateway: Demystifying Real-World Writing for Secondary Students. National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Las Vegas, NV. Williams, W.*, November 2012.

Teachers as Writers: Making Professional Connections and Igniting Change in an Urban Elementary School. National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Las Vegas, NV. Flores, T.**, Warntjes, A.** November 2012.

Gettin’digi with it: Using Digital Storytelling in the Classroom. Sponsored by the CEE/CEL Joint Commission on Assessment. National Council of Teachers of English Convention. Las Vegas, NV. November 2012, Discussant.

Opening the Gates: Creating Real-World Writing Opportunities for Diverse Secondary Students(Research Roundtable). National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Chicago, IL. DeCosta-Smith, M.*, Powell, M.*, Williams, W.* November 2011.

Early, J. S., Writing the Threads of Our Lives: A Multigenerational Family Writing Project for Third and Fourth Grade Students and Their Families (rainbow strand). National Council of Teachers of English Convention, Chicago, IL. Flores, T.**, LaPlante, D**. November 2011.

Early, J. S. "Write Your Ticket to College: An Essay Workshop for College-Bound Multi-Ethnic High School Classrooms.". National Conference of Teachers of English Convention 2009 (Nov 2009).

Early, J. S. New Language Arts Teachers Working in Urban Under-Performing Schools: An Interview Study. National Conference of Teachers of English Convention (Nov 2009).

Early, J. S. Supporting Students’ Voices as Writers: Media Toys, Expository Writing, and Parental Involvement. National Conference of Teachers of English Convention 2008 (Nov 2008).

Honors / Awards

Research and Teaching Awards and Recognition

2015 Conference on English Leadership English Leadership Quarterly Honorable Mention Article for “Imagining the Possibilities: Improving the Teaching of Writing through Teacher-Led Inquiry” (Vol. 36, No. 4, April 2014).

2015 CLAS Research Incentive Award

2014 CLAS Undergraduate Summer Enrichment Award, funded faculty-undergraduate research.

2012-2013 Arizona State University Centennial Professor Award (nominee), ASU

2011-2012 Faculty Women’s Association Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (nominee), ASU

2010-2011 Graduate Scholars of English Faculty Mentor Award, ASU

2009-2010 Graduate Scholars of English Faculty Mentor Award, ASU

2005-2006 Graduate School of Education Award for Excellence in Education and Service to Children, Lewis & Clark College

1998 Mary Stuart Rogers Scholar for Excellence in Education Teaching Award, Lewis & Clark College 

Professional Associations
American Educational Research Association, Literacy Research Association, National Council of Teachers of English, National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, The National Writing Project, International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research, Arizona English Teachers Association
Service

Appointments to Editorial Boards:

Editorial Review Board, Journal of Teacher Education, (2013-present)

Editorial Review Board, Voices From the Middle, (2015-present)

Manuscript Reviewer for Scholarly Journals and Books:

Research in the Teaching of English (2015-present)

Journal of Educational Research, (2015-present)

International Journal of Writing Research, (2013-present)

Learning Disability Quarterly (2014-2015)

Elementary School Journal (2013-present)

Journal of Teacher Education, (2010-2013)

Teaching and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice (2010-present)

Teachers College Press, (2013-present)

Conference Proposal Reviewer:

Scientific Committee Member, 2017 Writing Research Across the Borders International Conference

Stage I Reviewer Conference on College Composition and Communication (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Division C-Section 1A (Literacy), (2013) (2015)

American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Division C-Section

1A (Literacy), (2012)

Literacy Research Association Conference (2012)

Grant Reviewer:

National Writing Project SEED Professional Development in a High-Need School Grant, (2014, 2015)

National Writing Project 2013 Annual Site Report, (2013-present)

National Writing Project SEED Leadership Teacher Leadership Grant, (2014)

National Writing Project SEED Professional Development in a High-Need School Grant, (2013-2014)

National Writing Project SEED Professional Development in a High-Need School Grant, (2012)

University Service

Member, Institute for Humanities Research Director Search Committee (Spring 2016)

Elected Member, Search Committee for ASU Department of English Chair (Spring 2016)

Member, Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee (Spring 2013)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Service

Panelist, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Teaching at ASU panel for new junior faculty (November 13, 2015)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Early Start Program Planning and Instructor (Spring/Summer 2015, Spring/Summer 2016)

Member, First Year Forward Grant, College of Liberal Arts and Science (Fall 2014)

Member, Advisory Board, Institute for Humanities Research Nexus Lab (2013-Fall 2015)

Author, Proposal for New Ph.D. Concentration in English Education for the Department of English (Approved Spring 2012)

Department Service

Current Committees

Member, Ph.D. English Education Admissions (2012-present)

Member, English Education Area Committee (2007-present)

Member, School Model Taskforce (Fall 2015)

 

Work History
Arizona State University: Associate Professor, Department of English, Tempe, Arizona 2013- present; Assistant Professor, Department of English, Tempe, Arizona 2007-2013