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Rebecca Silverman

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Rebecca D. Silverman

Associate Professor

Assistant: Leslie Dinan

Office: CERAS 536


I began my career in education as an elementary school teacher in my hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. My primary passion in teaching was supporting students' literacy development. Now, as an Associate Professor of Early Literacy in the Stanford Graduate School of Education, I focus on research and practice related to literacy development and instruction of early childhood and elementary age children from diverse backgrounds. Specifically, I have conducted research on using read alouds, multimedia, cross-age peer learning, and small group dialogic instruction to support the vocabulary development and reading comprehension of diverse learners. I have published this research in such journals as Reading Research Quarterly and the Elementary School Journal. Additionally, I have been involved in teacher education and professional development for general and special education teachers in the U.S. and, having been a Fulbright Scholar in Myanmar, internationally as well. I am a member of the Center for Supporting Excellence in Teaching (CSET) at Stanford University, and I lead the Language to Literacy Research Lab ( Currently, I am engaged in a robust Research-Practice partnership focused on literacy with the San Francisco Unified School District. Across my research and teaching, my goal is to shed light on innovative ways for facilitating the literacy development of diverse learners in order to ensure that all children have the opportunity to become engaged readers and writers in school and beyond.

Other Titles

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education

Program Affiliations

CTE: Literacy, Language, and English Education
Learning Sciences and Technology Design (LSTD)

Research Interests

Child Development | Early Childhood | Elementary Education | Literacy and Language | Parents and Family Issues | Teachers and Teaching | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Silverman, R. D., Proctor, C. P., Harring, J. R., Taylor, K. S., Johnson, E. M., Jones, R. L., & Lee, Y. (2021). The Effect of a Language and Literacy Intervention on Upper Elementary Bilingual Students' Argument Writing. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOURNAL.

Proctor, C. P., Silverman, R. D., & Jones, R. L. (2021). Centering Language and Student Voice in Multilingual Literacy Instruction. READING TEACHER.

Silverman, R. D., Martin-Beltran, M., Peercy, M. M., & Taylor, K. S. (2021). Revisiting Reading Buddies to Support Multilingual Learners and Their Peers. READING TEACHER.

Rebecca Silverman in the News & Media

Associate Professor Rebecca Silverman discusses how tutoring remotely can be successful for literacy development.
October 26, 2021
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December 19, 2019
Research Stories
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May 13, 2019
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