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Rebecca Silverman

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Rebecca D. Silverman

Associate Professor

Assistant: Kirsti Wagner


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' language and literacy. Accordingly, my research is focused on the language and literacy development and instruction of early childhood and elementary age children from diverse backgrounds. I am particularly interested in how to best support children who may have difficulty in learning to read and write. I conduct both exploratory and experimental research. In my exploratory work, I have studied the relationship between language skills and reading and writing outcomes. I have also examined the association between instructional practices and students' literacy development. In my experimental work, I have investigated interactive and extended read alouds, peer learning, multimedia supports, and small group intervention for diverse learners. In both my exploratory and experimental research, my goal is to shed light on innovative ways for facilitating the language and literacy development of diverse learners in order to ensure that all children have the opportunity to become proficient 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)
Race, Inequality, and Language in Education (RILE)

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., Johnson, E., Keane, K., & Khanna, S. (2020). Beyond Decoding: A Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Language Comprehension Interventions on K-5 Students' Language and Literacy Outcomes. READING RESEARCH QUARTERLY.

Silverman, R. D., & Keane, K. (2020). The power of "Screen Time": Harnessing It to Promote Language and Literacy Learning in Early Childhood and Elementary School. American Educator.

Proctor, C. P., Silverman, R. D., Harring, J. R., Jones, R. L., & Hartranft, A. M. (2020). Teaching Bilingual Learners: Effects of a Language-Based Reading Intervention on Academic Language and Reading Comprehension in Grades 4 and 5. READING RESEARCH QUARTERLY, 55(1), 95–122.

Rebecca Silverman in the News & Media

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December 19, 2019
Research Stories
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May 13, 2019
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