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Name: Dr. Shannon Henderson 
Title: Assistant Professor of Elementary Education; Elementary Education/Collaborative Special Education Program Coordinator
Phone Number: (334) 833-4508
Office and/or Address: Weil Center, 103C
Education:
  • Post-doctoral University Trainer, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2009
    PCL/CIM (National Certification), Department of Teacher Education, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Post-doctoral University Trainer, The Ohio State University, 2007
    Reading Recovery (International Certification), School of Teaching and Learning, Columbus, Ohio
  • Ph.D., Reading Education, Auburn University, 2006
    Curriculum and Teaching, Auburn, Alabama
  • M.S.Ed., Reading Education, Auburn University, 2003
    Alabama Reading Specialist Curriculum and Teaching Certification, Auburn, Alabama
  • B.S.Ed., Early Childhood (P-6) Education, University of West Georgia, 1994, Carrollton, GA
Biography:

Dr. Henderson joined the Huntingdon College faculty in the fall of 2016 after serving as a research associate for TextProject in Santa Cruz, California, for two years. Dr. Henderson’s teaching background includes lecturing in literacy and elementary education for Mississippi State University; assistant professor of elementary and literacy education, the University of Alabama; adjunct lecturer for the State University of New York; assistant professor of reading education, University of Arkansas; and visiting assistant professor and graduate assistant for Auburn University. Dr. Henderson also spent four years at Purdue University, where she served as an assistant clinical professor for language and literacy instruction, associate director of the Center for Literacy Education and Research (CLEAR), and director of instructional interventions for CLEAR.She served as director of the Educational Services Division of Webshoppe LLC from 1999 to 2001, and from 1994 to 1999 she served as an elementary school teacher at Jim Pearson Elementary School in Alexander City, Alabama.

PUBLICATIONS

Refereed Journal Articles (Published)

Weston, T. & Henderson, S.C. (June, 2015). Coherent experiences: The missing paradigm in teacher education. The Educational Forum, 79(3), 3231-335.

Henderson, S.C. (2013). Aligning interventions to classroom practice: An investigation of a comprehensive approach to RTI. The Reading Paradigm, 7(1). Alabama Reading Association (ARA).

Henderson, S.C. (2013). 10 things literacy educators need to know about the Common Core State Standards and the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards. The Reading Paradigm. 7(1), Alabama Reading Association (ARA).

Brabham, E., Buskist, C., Henderson, S.C., Paleologos, T., & Baugh, N. (2012). Flooding the gaps to accelerate word learning. The Reading Teacher, 65(8), 523-533.

Henderson, S.C. & Buskist, C. (2011). Promoting the comprehension of teachers and students using young adult literature. Theory into Practice, (50)3, Taylor & Francis, Philadelphia, PA.

Henderson, S.C., Buskist, C., & Brabham, E. (2005). The effects of training kindergarten parents in phoneme awareness and interactive read aloud. Journal of the Louisiana Education Research Association 1(1), 4.

Henderson, S.C. & Buskist, C. (2005). Gender differences in book choices? Ask the kids! Crosscurrents, The Newsletter of WILLA, Women in Literacy and Life Assembly, National Council of Teachers of English, 13(1), 3.

Refereed Journal Articles (in press, under review, in progress)

Henderson, S.C. (in revision, 2015). Uncovering a problem of practice: Supervisors’ field observations of preservice teachers’ approximations of practice. Action in Teacher Education.

Henderson, S.C. (in progress). Can we disrupt the I-R-E pattern of talk in preservice teachers’ text based discussions? Journal of Literacy Research.

Henderson, S.C. (in progress). Use of a verbal scaffold to disrupt the I-R-E pattern of talk in text based discussions. The Reading Teacher.

Book Chapters

Henderson, S.C. & Dorn, L. (2011). Supporting students who struggle with comprehension of text using literature discussion groups in grades 3-6. In R.L. McCormack & J.R. Paratore (Eds.), After early intervention, then what? Teaching struggling readers in grades 3 and beyond. Newark, DE:
International Reading Association.

Dorn, L. & Henderson, S.C. (2010). A comprehensive intervention model: A systems approach to response to intervention. In M.Y. Lipson & K.K. Wixson (Eds.), Successful approaches to RtI: Collaborative practices for improving K-12 literacy. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Dorn, L. & Henderson, S.C. (2010). A comprehensive assessment system as a response to intervention process. In P.H. Johnston (Ed.), RtI in literacy: Responsive and comprehensive. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Other Publications

Henderson, S.C. (2006). Differences between high and low level preservice teachers’ instructional conversations with elementary school students: A grounded theory study. (Doctoral dissertation, Auburn University, 2006). Dissertation Abstracts International.
EDITORIAL BOARDS
2010-Present, Text Talk, Invitation by Elfrieda Hiebert, University of California Berkeley

PRESENTATIONS

Featured Speaker

Henderson, S.C. (2012, November). Close reading: What do we mean and how do we get students to do it? Missouri Association of Reading Recovery Educators, St. Louis. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2010, November). Comprehension in the Reading Recovery lesson: How to develop themal coherence from roaming to discontinuing. Missouri Association of Reading Recovery Educators, St. Louis. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2010, April). Creating an Overarching Framework. International Reading Association, RTI Pre-Conference Institute, Chicago, IL. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2009, June). Where we are and where we want to go? Comprehensive Intervention Model Intensive, Little Rock, AR.

Henderson, S.C. & Bufalino, J. (2008, October) Prompting for strategic activity. Reading Recovery Council of North America (RRCNA) live national broadcast (currently available for download at www.readingrecovery.org). (Paid honorarium)

International Conference Presentations

Henderson, S.C.*, Brabham, E.G., Buskist, C., & Villaume, S.K. (2008, July). Use of a conversation scaffold to facilitate text based conversations and foster independent student comprehension of text. 22nd World Congress on Reading, San Jose, Costa Rica.

National Conference Presentations

Henderson, S. C. & Weston, T. (2014). Uncovering a problem of practice: Supervisors’ field observations of preservice teachers’ approximations of practice. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, PA.

Weston, T. & Henderson, S.C. (2014). Coherent experiences: The missing paradigm in teacher education. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, PA.

Henderson, S. C. & Shwery, C. (2014). Iterative development of a literacy methods course situated in a “high needs” school. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Philadelphia, PA.

Henderson, S. C. (2013). Preservice teachers enacting text based discussion to promote students comprehension: Iterative development of a literacy methods course inside an “at-risk” school. Literacy Research Association (LRA). Dallas, TX.

Henderson, S. C. (April, 2013). Iterative development of a literacy methods course inside a failing school. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, CA.

Weston, T., & Henderson S.C. (February, 2013). The iterative development of a cross-content, practice-based methods course. 2013 Professional Development School National Conference. New Orleans, LA.

*Henderson, S. C. & Davis, A. (2012). Preservice teachers enacting text based discussions: Application of a theoretical framework to improve teaching. Paper presentation at the 62nd annual meeting of the Literacy Research Conference, San Diego, CA.

Henderson, S.C. (2012). Teaching reading comprehension: An investigation of preservice teachers’ text based discussions with elementary school students. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, Canada.

*Henderson, S. C. & Davis, A. (2012). Investigating preservice teachers’ text based discussions with elementary school students in the South. Paper presentation at the NCTEAR Midwinter Conference,Tuscaloosa, AL.

Conley, M. & Henderson, S.C. (2011). Foregrounding disciplinary literacy in teacher education: Teacher candidates and literacy coaches. Paper presentation at the 61st annual meeting of the Literacy Research Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Conley, M. & Henderson, S.C. (2011). Collaborating to improve literacy in urban school systems: Learning how to be a partner. Paper presentation at the 61st annual meeting of the Literacy Research Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Henderson, S.C., & Meatheany, K. (2011, February). Use of a video protocol to improve instruction. 2011 National Reading Recovery K-6 Conference, Columbus, OH.

Henderson, S.C. & Dorn, L. (2010, December). Students’ response to a comprehensive approach to literacy intervention. Paper presentation at the 60th annual meeting of the Literacy Research Conference, Fort Worth, TX.

Henderson, S.C. & Antell, P. (2010, February). Coaching around small group interventions. 2010 National Reading Recovery K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference. Columbus, OH.

Sailors, M. & Henderson, S.C. (2008, December). Who’s teaching reading comprehension? A status of reading comprehension in grades 2-8 in the south. Paper presentation at the 58th annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Pimenova, N., Cox, B. & Henderson, S.C. (2008, December). Investigating preservice teachers instructional conversations during book reading. Paper presentation at the 58th annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.

Henderson, S.C.*, Guthrie, M., & Mullinix, J. (2008, June). Continuing the conversation: The power of collaborative cluster visits. 2008 Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Institute, Jacksonville, FL.

Brabham, E., Buskist, C., & Henderson, S.C. (2008, May). Improving literature discussions by analyzing transcripts of “grand” conversations. 53rd Annual Convention of the International Reading Association. Atlanta, GA.

Henderson, S.C. (2008, February). Prompting that facilitates student processing. 2008 National Reading Recovery K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference, Columbus, OH.

Henderson, S.C.,*, Embry, J., & Condon, M. (2008, February). Kid’s digital books. Roaming and beyond. 2008 National Reading Recovery K-6 Classroom Literacy Conference, Columbus, OH.

*Graduate student as co-presenter

Regional Conferences

Henderson, S.C., & Mundy, C. A. (accepted, November 2013). Close Reading: A generative approach to teaching students how to support thinking. Alabama State Reading Association (ARA) 45th Annual Fall State Conference, Mobile, AL.

Henderson, S.C., Donovan, C.A., & Mundy (accepted, November 2013). Organization of Alabama Teacher Educators of Reading (OATER): Mission and goal setting for the next three years. Alabama State Reading Association (ARA) 45th Annual Fall State Conference, Mobile, AL.

Henderson, S.C. (2011, November). A comprehensive approach to RTI. Alabama State Reading Association (ARA) 43rd Annual Fall State Conference, Montgomery, AL.

Henderson, S.C. (2011, November). Promoting comprehension: Use of a verbal scaffold. Alabama State Reading Association (ARA) 43rd Annual Fall State Conference, Montgomery, AL.

Henderson, S.C. (2010, October). Promoting high-level comprehension through text discussion. University of Arkansas at Little Rock Literacy Academy, Little Rock AR.

Henderson, S.C. (2010, April). The importance of themal coherence in reading comprehension. University of Arkansas Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Conference, Little Rock, AR.

Henderson, S.C. (2010, January). Themal coherence in the Reading Recovery lesson. Southeastern Reading Recovery and Early Literacy Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2010, January). Comprehension in the Reading Recovery lesson: Getting beyond “What was your favorite part.” 19th Annual Early Literacy and Illinois Reading Recovery Conference,Chicago, IL. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2009, November). Strategic Processing. Texas Woman’s University Early Literacy,Reading Recovery and Administrators Institute, Dallas, TX. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2009, November). Comprehension in the Reading Recovery lesson. Texas Woman’s University Early Literacy, Reading Recovery, Administrators Institute, Dallas, TX. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2008, March). Using a conversation scaffold to facilitate student comprehension. Indiana State Reading Association’s Rainbow of Reading Conference, Indianapolis, IN.

Henderson, S.C. (2008, January). Monitoring and searching: Teacher prompting that changes over time. 17th Annual Early Literacy & Illinois Reading Recovery Conference, Chicago, IL. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C., Brabham, E.G., Buskist, C., Paleologos, T., & Baugh, N. (2006, November). Bridging barriers: Building vocabulary for readers with limited word knowledge. 25th Southeast Regional International Reading Association Conference, Mobile, AL.

Henderson, S.C.,* & Buskist, C. (2004, November). Do try this at home: Strategies for teaching parents phoneme awareness instruction and interactive read aloud. 23rd Southeast Regional International Reading Association Conference, Savannah, GA.

Henderson, S.C., & Villaume, S.K.* (2004, October). Taking root: Vocabulary instruction K-4. Alabama Reading Association, Birmingham, AL.

Invited Speaker

Henderson, S.C. (2012, August). The Common Core State Standards: What does it mean for teacher education? A presentation to internship supervisors, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Henderson, S.C. (2010, November). Developing partnerships in literacy education. University of Texas at San Antonio. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2009, October). Getting beyond “What was your favorite part?” Wyoming Reading Recovery Conference. (Paid honorarium)

Henderson, S.C. (2008, July). Use of a verbal scaffold to promote comprehension in the primary grades. Center for Literacy Education and Research’s Annual Summer Literacy Institute, Making Connections: Conversations on Comprehension for All Learners, Purdue University, IN.

Henderson, S.C. (2008, July). Comprehension instruction: Do we teach differently for the struggling reader? Center for Literacy Education and Research’s Annual Summer Literacy Institute, Making Connections: Conversations on Comprehension for All Learners, Purdue University, IN.

Henderson, S.C. (2006, July). Preservice Teachers’ Instructional Conversations with Elementary School Students. Poster session presented at the annual University of California Berkeley Institute, Berkeley, CA.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Participant. IES Teacher Quality study headed by Ann Marie Palincsar of University of Michigan and Linda Kucan at University of Pittsburgh to study the impact of comprehension modules on teacher practice and understanding, 2008-2010.

 

Departments: Academic Affairs, Academics, Teacher Education