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Glenn, Wendy J. Professor

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Research

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  • Dr. Glenn explores questions related to teaching and teacher education in the areas of young adult literature and anti-oppressive and identity-affirming pedagogies. Her first line of research centers on young adult (YA) literature (fictional texts intended for readers, ages 12-18). She draws upon critical theories to engage in literary analysis of YA texts to highlight the affordances and limitations of literature published for young people and how it is and might be incorporated into curricula and classrooms. Her second line of research centers on work with preservice and practicing educators around learning to teach for equity and justice. These lines of research have merged in explorations of how young adult literature might be used to support teachers in recognizing, better understanding, and responding to power and privilege in their and their students’ lives in and out of the classroom.

keywords

  • Young adult literature, Critical pedagogy

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Teaching

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  • EDUC 2311 - Children's Literature and Literacy Engagement in Elementary Schools
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Focuses on teaching children's literature in elementary schools & youth organizations. Participants will understand theoretical and developmental processes associated with literary learning, methods for teaching literature in a diverse society, and the integration of classroom instruction with the Colorado Academic Content Standards that foster such processes.
  • EDUC 2800 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Designed to meet needs of students with topics of interest. May be repeated up to 12 credit hours.
  • EDUC 4001 - Framing Equity and Justice in the Humanities Classroom
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Critically frames learning to teach for equity and justice within schools as systems. Orients students to the School of Education's mission and guiding principles of the Secondary Humanities program. Provides opportunities for students to enact those principles with mentor teachers in local classrooms. Meets weekly on CU campus and involves a minimum of 50 hours in local schools. Same as EDUC 5001.
  • EDUC 4342 - Secondary English Methods I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores the underlying principles and philosophies of several approaches to the teaching of English in the areas of language, writing, and speaking and the practical application of these methods in the secondary classroom. Provides support in constructing activities, assignments, assessments, and units that meet the differentiated needs of students given their diverse identities, lives, interests, and needs. Same as EDUC 5345.
  • EDUC 4345 - Secondary English Methods I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    Explores the underlying principles and philosophies of several approaches to the teaching of English in the areas of language, writing, and speaking and the practical application of these methods in the secondary classroom. Provides support in constructing activities, assignments, assessments, and units that meet the differentiated needs of students given their diverse identities, lives, interests, and needs. Same as EDUC 4345.
  • EDUC 5265 - Processes in Writing
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Examines processes writers use from early ages to maturity by investigating current research related to writing curriculum, instruction, and policy. Includes opportunities for students to engage in inquiry related to writing curriculum and instruction in K-12 classrooms.
  • EDUC 5295 - Narrative and Story in the Humanities
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Explores a wide variety of texts that might be used in secondary English and Social Studies classrooms. Examines philosophies and instructional approaches to the teaching of reading and literature. Considers the influence of story and storytelling in the construction of personal and societal meaning. Same as EDUC 4295.
  • EDUC 5345 - Secondary English Methods I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
    Explores the underlying principles and philosophies of several approaches to the teaching of English in the areas of language, writing, and speaking and the practical application of these methods in the secondary classroom. Provides support in constructing activities, assignments, assessments, and units that meet the differentiated needs of students given their diverse identities, lives, interests, and needs. Same as EDUC 4345.
  • EDUC 5365 - Methods and Materials in Secondary English
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    Explores the underlying principles and philosophies of several approaches to the teaching of English in the areas of reading, thinking, and viewing and the practical application of these methods in the secondary classroom. Provides support in constructing activities, assignments, assessments, and units that meet the differentiated needs of students given their diverse identities, lives, interests, and needs.
  • EDUC 5390 - Professional Teaching for Equity and Justice
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2020
    Explores what it means to be a professional educator for equity and justice. Examines how such educators might best work to sustain their commitments through advocacy and care and how they might extend their role through involvement in the professional community and conversation at local, state, and national levels.
  • EDUC 8135 - Theories of Teacher Learning and Teacher Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Examines the potential range and roles of theory in analyzing prospective and practicing teachers' learning (experiences). Explores various conceptions of teacher learning, including, but not limited to: teacher learning as a knowledge-centric phenomenon; teacher learning as a process of assembling a repertoire of practice; teacher learning as an identity-work phenomenon; and teacher learning as an activist/action-in-the-world phenomenon.
  • EDUC 8155 - Advanced Topics in Literacy Education
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Examines special topics in theory and research related to literacy and literacy education. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.

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