Dr. John A. Smith is professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, a master’s degree in Elementary Curriculum from the University of Utah, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Smith has 10 years of elementary classroom teaching experience in 2nd and 5th grades and as a Chapter 1 reading teacher, and 25 years experience in teacher education. Dr. Smith also taught at-risk students entering kindergarten and 1st grade for three summers at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Smith served three years as Reading Coordinator for the Chapel Hill City School District, during which time the district’s Chapter 1 program was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Exemplary Program. Dr. Smith has worked extensively with teachers in elementary school classrooms as a Reading Excellence Act reading coach and as a Reading First technical assistant. Dr. Smith’s research has included studies of comprehension strategy instruction and the use of children’s literature in content-area reading instruction instruction. He has written grants that have supported Early Reading First, Reading First, and other professional development projects. Dr. Smith’s teaching awards include Utah State University College of Education Teacher of the Year, USU Department of Elementary Education Teacher of the Year, USU Extension Program Teaching Award, and the Mortar Board “Top Prof” award.

  • 1987 - PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1980 - MA in Elementary Curriculum, University of Utah
  • 1975 - BS in Elementary Education, Brigham Young University

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