John D. Beach

Associate Professor
PhD, Reading Education, University at Albany, State University of New YorkPost-Master’s Certificate of Specialization , Reading Education, C. W. Post Center, Long Island UniversityMS, Elementary Education, C. W. Post Center, Long Island UniversityMA, French, Binghamton University, State University of New YorkBA, French, State University of New York at Oswego
Dr. Beach is a native New Yorker who did not learn to read until the summer between third and fourth grade when he finally learned the fundamentals of literacy (including phonics) during summer school in the Glen Cove NY schools (P.S. 69 in the Bronx failed to teach him how to read, using a whole word approach). This early experience most likely framed his career focus on literacy education. He worked in public schools for 10 years as a first grade teacher and reading specialist for grades K to 8. He is permanently certified in New York State to teach Nursery, Kindergarten, grades 1 to 6, Reading K to 12, and French and Russian in grades 7 to 12. He has been a full-time faculty member at the Universities of Wisconsin, Maine, Nevada-Reno, SUNY Cortland, and Boise State University. Father of three grown children (and grandfather to two), he lives with his wife, dog, and cats near the ocean in southern Queens, NY.

Teaching Interests

Traditional and Online Courses in Literacy: Children's Literature, Language Arts, Psycholinguistics, Literacy Development, Content Area Literacy, Literacy Coaching & Leadership, Diagnosis & Correction of Literacy Difficulties, Educational Assessment

Research Interests

Theoretical synthesis of language, literacy, and literature; Comparison of children’s and adults’ “best book” choices; “Guided Reasoning” for critical comprehension in grades 4 to 12; Storytelling and the language arts

Courses Taught

EDU
3200T
LAN ACQ & LIT DEV GEN ED & ELL
EDU
3200
LANG ACQUISITION &LITERACY DEV
EDU
3210
THEOR PRAC TCH WRIT GEN ED INC
EDU
3215
RE PRAC TCH WR GEN IN ED G5-12
EDU
3215T
RE PRA TCH WRITE GEN ED G 5-12
EDU
3217
RES PRAC TCH WR GEN IN ED B-12
EDU
3220
APP STRAT MAT LIT DEVEL
EDU
3220T
APP STRAT MAT LIT DEVEL
EDU
3240
LIT& ASSESS STRAT FOR DIV LRNS
EDU
3250
PRAC & SEM IN LITERACY INSTR
EDU
3255
PRACT & SEM LIT INS
EDU
3264
TCH LTY LIT B-6 GEN & INC SET
EDU
3265
TCH LTY LIT 5-12 GEN & INC SET
EDU
3268
TCH LTY LIT B-12 GEN & INC SET
EDU
3270
STRAT TCHG LITERACY CONT AREA
EDU
3270T
STRAT TCHG LITERACY CONT AREA
EDU
3281
DIG PORT ASSESS AND ACCOUNT
EDU
3282
MOD PROCESS READ WRIT ACQ
EDU
3283
STRATEGIES IN LIT LEADERSHIP
EDU
3292
DISSERTATION SEMINAR
EDU
3293
DISSERTATION SEMINAR CONTINUED

Select Publications

Journal Articles

Beach, J. D. (2015). Do children read the children's literature adults recommend? A comparison of adult's and children's annual "best" lists in the United States 1975–2005 . In: New Review of Children’s Litrature and Librarianship. London, UK: New Review of Children’s Litrature and Librarianship. vol. 21, pp. 1-25.

Beach, J. D. (2011). Les fonctions de la pratique lettrée: perspectives théocratique, aristocratique et démocratique. In: Littéracie et diversité, 17e conférence européenne sur la lecture/ Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Literacy. Mons: Proceedings of the 17th European Conference on Literacy.

Beach, J. D. (2007). Comedy: Children’s literature’s hidden treasure. In: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Reading. Berlin: Proceedings of the 15th European Conference on Reading.

Beach, J. D., and Combs, M. (1994). Stories and storytelling: Personalizing the social studies. The Reading Teacher. vol. 47, pp. 464-471.

Beach, J. D. (1992). New trends in an historical perspective: Literature's place in language arts education. Language Arts. vol. 69, pp. 550-556.

Beach, J. D. (1991). Comparing paired novels to learn the elements of fiction in the children's literature course. The Reading Professor. vol. 14, pp. 23-27.

Beach, J. D. (1983). Teaching students to write informational reports. . Chicago, IL: The Elementary School Journal. vol. 84, pp. 213-220.

Creative Contributions

Other<br>Beach, John D., "Special Informal Storytelling Gathering " , Storytelling Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, New Orleans, LA. May 11, 2014 - May 11, 2014<br />Storytelling performance as a Featured Teller at the annual evening event at the IRA convention.

Other<br>Beach, John D. Performer, "Playing with stories: Story crafting for teachers, students, writers, and other imaginative thinkers." , NCTE Storytelling Committee, National Council of Teachers of English, Washington, DC. November 21, 2014 - November 21, 2014<br />Storytelling performance as Featured Teller at "The Swapping Ground" evening event at the annual convention of NCTE. This event has been given each year at the convention since 1990.