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Title: Professor Emeritus
Department: School of Education
Short Biography and Recent Professional Development September 2014
Donald is a professor in literacy education at Iowa State University where he teaches doctoral, master’s, and preservice teachers, and co-directs the Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic. He is also professor emeritus from the University of Nevada, Reno. Donald is involved in studies that examine literacy learning, particularly studies of orthographic development in different and second languages. The research explores the specific sequence students follow across the synchrony of literacy learning from beginning concept of word in prekindergarten to how morphology underlies academic vocabulary learning. He is an author and co-author of numerous articles, chapters, and 14 books, including Words Their Way, 5th edition, Words Their Way for PreK – K learners, Words Their Way with English Learners, Vocabulary Their Way and Words Their Way with Struggling Readers, 4 – 12. He is an author on several instructional programs used throughout the United States. Donald is also involved in innovative professional development grants, and his work in assessment and word study is used widely. He has received several awards for teaching and service, and is currently a board member of the International Reading Association.