Jill Castek, Ph.D.
TITLE: Research Assistant Professor
AREA: Applied Linguistics — Literacy, Language, &Technology Research Group OFFICE: University Center Building (UCB) 301X
PHONE: (503) 725-8720
Literacy, Language, & Technology Research Group
PO Box 751 — LLTR
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Ph.D., Educational Psychology University of Connecticut
M.S., Reading Specialist California State University, East Bay
B.A., Liberal Studies University of Pittsburgh
Jill’s work explores the instructional techniques and digital tools that can be used to support reading, writing, and content learning. Her research examines the new literacies of online reading comprehension and explores the challenges and opportunities for reading, writing, and learning on the Internet. Jill has worked as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and curriculum leader where she has supported the literacy development of striving readers and writers for more than a decade.
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Castek, J., & Beach, R. (in press). Using apps to support disciplinary literacy and science learning. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy 56(7). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Leu, D.J. & Coiro, J., Kinzer, C., Castek, J., & Henry, L.A. (in press). A dual level theory of the changing nature of literacy, instruction, and assessment. In N. Unrau and D. Alvermann (Eds.) Theoretical models and processes of reading (6th ed.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Castek, J. & Lapp, D. (forthcomin).Selecting materials for the literacy program. In S. Wepner, D. Strickland, and D. Quatroche (Eds.) The Administration and Supervision of Reading Programs (5th ed). New York: NY:Teachers College Press.
Castek, J. (2012). Do new technologies have the potential to transform education by replacing current teaching methods in today's classrooms? Point. In Kevin P. Brady, Charles J. Russo, & Allan G. Osborne, Jr. (Eds.). (2012). Debating Issues in American Education: Technology in schools. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: 10.4135/9781452218373
Castek, J., Coiro, J., Guzniczak, L., & Bradshaw, C. (2012). Examining peer collaboration in online inquiry. Educational Forum, 76(4), 479-496.
Henry, L.A., Castek, J. Zawilinski, L., O’Byrne, I. (2012). Using peer collaboration to support online reading, writing, and communication: An empowerment model for struggling readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulities, 28, 279–306.
Castek, J., Dalton, B., & Grisham, D. (2012). Using multimedia to support generative vocabulary learning. In J. Baumann and E. Kame’enui (Eds.) Vocabulary Instruction: Research to Practice. 2nd edition. (303-321). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Cervetti, G., Tilson, J., Castek, J., Bravo, M., & Tranin, G. (2012). Examining multiple dimensions of word knowledge for content vocabulary understanding. Journal of Education.
Castek, J. (2011). If you want students to evaluate online resources and other new media–teach them how. In D. Lapp and B. Moss (Eds.). Teaching With Rigor: Supporting Multiple Ways of Learning (105–123). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Coiro, J., Castek, J. & Guzniczak, L. (2011). Uncovering online reading comprehension processes: Two adolescents reading independently and collaboratively on the Internet. In P. Dunston, L. Gambrell, K. Headley, S. Fullerton, P. Stecker, V. Gillis, & C. Bates (Eds.) 60th Annual Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association (354-369). Oak Creek, WI: Literacy Research Association.
Castek, J. & Gwinn, C. (2011). Technology in the literacy program. In R. Bean and A. Swan Dagen (Eds.) Best practices of literacy leaders: Keys to School Improvement (295-316). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Castek, J., Zawilinski, L., McVerry, G., O’Byrne, I., & Leu, D. J. (2011). The new literacies of online reading comprehension: New opportunities and challenges for students with learning difficulties. In C. Wyatt-Smith, J. Elkins, & S. Gunn (Eds.) Multiple perspectives on difficulties in learning literacy and numeracy. (91-110). New York, NY: Springer.
Tilson, J., Castek, J., & Goss, M. (2010). Exploring the influence of science writing instruction on fourth graders' writing development. In R. Jimenez, V. Risko, D. Wells Rowe, & M. Hundley (Eds.) 59th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (117-134). Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.
Coiro, J., & Castek, J. (2010). Assessment frameworks for teaching and learning English language arts in a digital age. In D. Lapp & D. Fisher (Eds.) Handbook of research on teaching the English Language Arts (3rd Ed.) (314-321). Co-Sponsored by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English. New York, NY: Routledge.
Malloy, J., Castek, J., Leu, D.J. (2010). Silent reading and online reading comprehension. In E. Hiebert and R. Reutzel, (Eds). Revisiting Silent Reading. (221-240). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Castek, J., Leu, D. J., Jr., Coiro, J., Gort, M., Henry, L. A., & Lima, C. (2008). Developing new literacies among multilingual learners in the elementary grades. In L. Parker (Ed.) Technology-mediated learning environments for young English learners: Connections in and out of school. (111-153). New York, NY: Routledge.
- Editorial Review Board, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (JAAL) (2011-2012)
- Committee Chair, Publications Committee, International Reading Association (IRA) (2011-2014)
- Committee Member, Albert J. Kingston Award Committee, Literacy Research Assoc. (2011-2013)
- Guest Reviewer, Language Arts (2012)
- Guest Reviewer, Reading Research Quarterly (RRQ) (2011)
- Guest Reviewer, Journal of Literacy Research (JLR) (2010, 2011)
- Area Chair for Study Groups, Literacy Research Association (LRA) formerly NRC (2010 – 2012)
- Review Board, The California Reader (2010 – 2012)
- Review Board, AERA Division C - Teaching and Learning, Writing and Literacies SIG (2010-2012)
- Reviewer, Teacher Education Quarterly (TEQ) online (2009)
- Review Board, AERA Writing and Literacies Special Interest Group (2009)
- Reviewer, International Reading Association (IRA) book publishing division (2008 - 2011)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Reading, Writing, and Literacy, United Kingdom (2006 - present)