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Dr. Amy D Davis, Assistant Professor - Elementary Literacy

Office: 2215 - Buzzard Hall

Spring 2023 Office Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday -- 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Wednesday -- 9:00-12:00 noon


Frequently Taught Courses


EDU 5200 - Research Methods

EDU 5260 - Advanced Developmental Reading

EDU 5350 - Foundations of Reading: Linguistics & Literacy

ELE 5600 - Diagnosis of Reading Problems

ELE 5610 - Remediation of Reading Problems

EDU 5900 – Applied Research/Action Research in Education


ELE 3280 - Developmental Reading in Elementary and Middle Schools

ELE 4880 - Diagnostic & Prescriptive Reading Instruction

ELE 4890 - Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students/English Language Learners: Instructional Methods



Ph.D. – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS --  Curriculum and Instruction -- ESL & Elementary Literacy                                    

M.S. Ed – Newman University, Wichita, KS -- Curriculum and Instruction -- ESL

B.S. - Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL - Elementary Education, K-6


Professional Organizations

Kappa Delta Pi – Honor Society for Educators - National Chapter membership

International Literacy Association (ILA)

Illinois Reading Council (IRC)

Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA)

The Reading League - Illinois - Outreach Committee, Board Member 

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

TESOL International Association


Selected Publications

Davis, A. (2023). Developing cultural competence through multicultural children’s literature. Illinois Reading Council Journal (forthcoming).

Davis, A. (2022). A science intervention for ELLs. The Journal of Teacher Action Research, 9(2).

Davis, A. & Robinson, A. (2022). Making the most of preservice teacher read alouds. ATE Conference Proceedings 2022.

Davis, A. (2022). Equitable literacy practices for ELLs. IRC Communicator.

Davis, A. (2021). The six-grid organizer: Increasing student engagement in teacher read-alouds. Wisconsin State Reading Association Journal, 58(2), 22-28.

Davis, A. (2018). Preliteracy skills in primary-aged English language learners. The Advocate, 23(5), 1-8.

Davis, A. (2016).  Finding nonfiction that can inspire and motivate children. First Opinions, Second Reactions,9(3).



Selected Conference Presentations

Davis, A. (2023 Mar 9-10). The gems of multicultural children’s literature, Presentation at 54th Illinois Reading Council Spring conference in Springfield, IL.

Davis, A. (2023 Feb. 10). Engaging students in teacher read alouds. Presentation at WSRA Literacy Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

Davis, A. (2022 Sept. 21). Equity vs. equality. Presentation for College of Education at EIU, Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Committee.

Davis, A., & Jones, A. (2022 Oct. 7). Culturally responsive teaching: Inclusive, engaging, and effective instructional strategies. Presentation for 2022 Together We RISE Conference, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.

Davis, A. (2022 Oct. 7). The gems of multicultural children’s literature, Presentation for 2022 Together We RISE Conference, Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL.


Funding & Grants

Summer Research Award, Eastern Illinois University Council on Faculty Research, 2022. The Multicultural Practitioner’s Guide to Interactive Read-Alouds

Davis, A. (2022). Small group ESL language development – Kdg-5th grade. Fall 2022-23 College of Education: Redden Grant.

Davis, A. (2021). Interactive read-alouds: Encouraging diversity in elementary classrooms. College of Education: TLF Mini-Grant.

Davis, A. (2020). The six-grid organizer: An interactive read-aloud Strategy. Fall 2020-2021 College of Education: Redden Grant.

Davis, A., & McDaniel, M. (2019). Interactive read-alouds: The six-grid organizer strategy. FDIC Partnership Grant Award.

Davis, A. (2019). The six-grid organizer: An interactive read-aloud strategy. Fall/Winter 2019 College of Education Development Grant for Faculty Research.

2022 - EIU Student Distinguished Professor Award Recipient

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Buzzard Hall
1920 9th Street
Charleston, IL 61920

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