Catherine Compton-Lilly, Ed.D.
Catherine Compton-Lilly is a Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she teaches courses in literacy studies. She has a passion for helping teachers to support children in learning to read, and works with schools in Madison providing professional development.
Dr. Compton-Lilly engages in longitudinal research projects that last over long periods of time. Her interests include examining how time operates as a contextual factor in children’s lives as they progress through school and construct their identities as students and readers. In an ongoing study, Dr. Compton-Lilly is working with a team of graduate students to follow children from immigrant families from primary school through high school.
Among the books she has edited or authored are: Reading Families: The Literate Lives of Urban Children (Teachers College Press, 2003), Rereading Families (Teachers College Press, 2007), and Reading Time: The Literate Lives of Urban Secondary Students and Their Families (Teachers College Press, 2012). In these books she describes her experience in following eight of her former first grade students through middle school.
Dr. Compton-Lilly has also authored articles in the Reading Research Quarterly, Research in the Teaching of English, The Reading Teacher, Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Written Communication, and Language Arts.
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