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Sarah Levine


My research focuses on the teaching and learning of literary interpretation and writing in under-resourced urban high schools, with an emphasis on the links between in- and out-of-school interpretive practices. I am also interested in ways that AI and digital media (for example, natural language processing models like ChatGPT; visual representations of text like word clouds; and radio production) can be used as frameworks for teaching reading and writing to middle and high school students. Before pursuing an academic career, I taught secondary English at a Chicago public school for ten years. While there, I founded and ran a youth radio program that used digital audio production as a tool to help make writing and analysis relevant and real-world for students, and to build bridges between in- and out-of-school worlds.

My primary goal is to help shape the teaching and learning of secondary English teachers and contribute to research that will help students — especially those in urban and under-resourced schools — become independent readers and writers.

Other Titles

Assistant 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

Curriculum and Instruction | Literacy and Language | Technology and Education

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Recent Publications

Trepper, K., Levine, S., Lomeli, K., & Garcia, A. (2023). One text, two worlds, third space: Design principles for bridging the two-worlds divide in teacher education. TEACHING AND TEACHER EDUCATION, 129.

Stovall, J. L., Pimentel, D. R., Carlson, J., & Levine, S. R. (2023). High school mathematics teachers' noticing of inequitable talk. JOURNAL OF MATHEMATICS TEACHER EDUCATION.

Levine, S., Moore, D. P. P., Bene, E., & Smith, M. W. W. (2022). What if it WereOtherwise? Teachers Use Exams from the Past to Imagine Possible Futures in the Teaching of Literature. READING RESEARCH QUARTERLY.

Sarah Levine in the News & Media

Assistant Professor Sarah Levine considers a selection of essays to determine whether each had been written by ChatGPT or a human student.
December 26, 2022
Assistant Professor Sarah Levine talks about how standardized testing affects students’ experience of reading literature.
September 4, 2020
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