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Diane Lapp is Distinguished Professor of Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she teaches both preservice and graduate courses in literacy education.
During her career, Lapp has taught in elementary, middle, and high schools, and she has recently had the opportunity to return to the classroom to teach 6th grade English and Earth science at Health Sciences Middle School in San Diego. She is also an instructional coach at both Health Sciences Middle School and Health Sciences High and Middle College. Lapp’s major areas of research and instruction are issues related to struggling readers and writers, their families, and their teachers.
Currently a coeditor of Voices from the Middle, published by National Council of Teachers of English, Lapp has authored, coauthored, and edited numerous articles, columns, texts, handbooks, and children’s materials on reading, language arts, and instructional issues, including the Common Core State Standards. She has also chaired and cochaired several International Reading Association (IRA) and Literacy Research Association committees.
A member of both the California and International Reading Halls of Fame, Lapp's many educational awards include being named as Outstanding Teacher Educator and Faculty Member in the Department of Teacher Education at SDSU, Distinguished Research Lecturer from SDSU’s Graduate Division of Research, IRA’s 1996 Outstanding Teacher Educator of the Year, and IRA’s 2011 John Manning Award recipient for her work in public schools.
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Learn how to incorporate close reading in your secondary classroom to empower students' analysis of complex texts, increase their disciplinary literacy, and deepen their content area knowledge.
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