Dr. Roger Passman earned his Ed.D. in Language and Literacy from National-Louis University’s National College of Education under the guidance of Dr. Donna Ogle. He is interested in literacy, educational policy and and practice, and professional development. He has published many articles, presented at conferences internationally, nationally and regionally and is the co-author along with Katherine S. McKnight of the best selling book Teaching Writing in the Inclusive Classroom: Strategies and Skills for All Students, Grades 6 – 12 (Jossey-Bass Teacher).
After receiving his doctorate, Dr. Passman taught at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction’s Language and Literacy Program from 1999-2001. He is currently an associate professor at Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois in the Department of Teacher Education where he has been since September 2001. He teaches a wide range of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels including methods courses in social studies, English education, and reading as well as courses in curriculum development and qualitative research methodologies.
Dr. Passman serves on the editoral board of the Journal of Literacy Research, a publication of the National Reading Conference, and on the Manuscript Review Committee of the International Reading Association. He has been a reviewer of papers for the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association for several years. His research interests include literacy with an emphasis on writing pedagogy, arts integration in the middle school classroom, and school policy and reform.
The purpose of this blog is to afford me public space in which to see what it is that I think. I write about topics that deal with education, particularly literacy, curriculum, philosophy, and especially public policy in the area of k-12 education. In addition, I write about ideas and understandings I have or am developing in many other areas as well. Because I believe that writing is a way to come to know what one thinks and that making thoughts public is a form of response-ability, the forum of the blogosphere is quite a match. It is important to understand that I am writing here for myself and not for anyone else. My writing is intended to disrupt my own thinking, to mull over ideas and arguments. To a great extent, my writing re-presents my current thinking , a process that is often murky and unformed. Nothing I say here is intended to be my final thoughts on anything; they are simply snippets of my thinking that I have decided to make public. Read on…