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Jessica.Early@asu.edu

Assoc Professor
English
Faculty
Mail Code: 0302

(480)965-0742

Bio

Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara (2007)

Bio

Jessica Early, Associate Professor of English at Arizona State University, is a scholar of English education and secondary literacy. She initially began her career in the field of education as a high school English teacher. Her research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine language and literacy practices in ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary English Language Arts classrooms as well as the preparation and professional development of urban English Language Arts teachers. 

Dr. Early has published widely. Her second book, Real World Writing for Secondary Students (Teacher College Press Language and Literacy Series, 2012) presents theoretical grounding and concrete strategies for teaching writing to ethnically and linguistically diverse secondary students. She is also the author of Stirring up Justice: Reading and Writing to Change the World (Heinemann, 2006) a classroom-based examination of a literacy curriculum revolving around issues of activism within an urban secondary English classroom. Her research appears in numerous scholarly journals including Bilingual Research Journal, Journal of Writing Research, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Educational Leadership, The International Journal of Teaching and Teacher Education, and Rethinking Schools. Dr. Early serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Teacher Education.

She is the Director of the Central Arizona Writing Project, located in the Department of English at Arizona State University. The CAWP is part of the National Writing Project network, the oldest and largest professional development project in the United States. In addition to working with K-12 teachers throughout the greater Phoenix area, Dr. Early teaches Research Methods in English Education, Methods of Teaching Composition in Secondary Classrooms, and Teaching Texts and Critical Literacy in Secondary Classrooms. Her current research focuses on the teaching of college and career-ready writing at the secondary level and on finding successful ways of shifting curriculum to better prepare ethnically and linguistically diverse students for the kinds of writing tasks they will need in college, the work place, and the community.

 

Research Interests

literacies and writing

teacher preparation 

teacher research

Courses

Spring 2014

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ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp

Fall 2013

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ENG 480 Methods Teaching English: Comp

Summer 2013

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ENG 594 Conference and Workshop

Spring 2013

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ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp

Fall 2012

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ENG 494 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics

Summer 2012

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ENG 594 Conference and Workshop

Spring 2012

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ENG 500 Research Methods

Fall 2011

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ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp

Fall 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 494 Special Topics
ENG 598 Special Topics

Summer 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 594 Conference and Workshop

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
ENG 480 Methods Teaching English: Comp
ENG 507 Methods/Issues Teaching Comp

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Early, J. S. & DeCosta, M.. Real world writing for secondary students: Teaching the college admission essay and other gate-openers for higher education. Teachers College Press (2012).

  2. Edited book: Bazerman, C., Dean C., Early J., Lunsford, K., Null S., Rogers P. & Stansell A. (Eds.).. Advances in international writing research: Cultures, places, and measures.. Parlor Press (2012).

  3. Book chapter: Jessica Singer Early. Joining a conversation in progress: Teaching the literature review to doctoral student. Living the questions: A guide for teacher researchers. Stenhouse Publishers (2012).

  4. Early, J. S. & DeCosta, M.. Making a case for college: A genre-based college admission essay intervention for underserved high school students. International Journal of Writing Research (2011).

  5. Early, J. S., & DeCosta-Smith, M.. Making a case for college: A genre-based college admission essay intervention for underserved high school students. Journal of Writing Research (2011).

  6. Early, J. S.. Making character connections: A multigenre approach to studying Hamlet. Classroom Notes Plus (2010).

  7. Early, J. S. & Shagoury, R.. Learning from the lived experiences of new language arts teachers working in diverse, urban schools. Teaching and Teacher Education an International Journal of Research and Studies (2010).

  8. Early, J. S. & Shagoury, R.. What do new teachers need?. Educational Leadership (2010).

  9. Early, J. S., DeCosta, M., & Valdespino, A.. Write your ticket to college: A genre-based college admission essay workshop for underserved students. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (2010).

  10. Book chapter: Jessica Singer Early. Getting students off the track. The new teacher book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom. Rethinking Schools (2010).

  11. Early, J. S. & DeCosta, M.. Inviting in the life world: Illness narratives and personal and creative writing in medical education. The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine (2009).

  12. Book chapter: Teaching the Neglected R. Heinemann (2007).

  13. Book chapter: Jessica Early. Preparing students for life after high school: An interview writing Project. Teaching the neglected R: Rethinking writing instruction in secondary classrooms.. Heinemann (2007).

  14. Book chapter: Jessica Singer Early. Writing as physical and emotional healing: Findings from clinical research. Handbook of writing research: History, society, school, individual, text. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates (2007).

  15. Singer, J. & Shagoury, R.. Stirring up justice: Adolescents reading, writing, and changing the world. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (2006).

  16. Early, Jessica. Stirring up Justice: Writing and Reading to Change World. Heinemann (2006).

  17. Book chapter: Singer, J.. Getting students off the track. The new teacher book: Finding purpose, balance, and hope during your first years in the classroom. Rethinking Schools (2004).

  18. Singer, J. & Hubbard, R.. Teaching from the heart: Guiding adolescent writers to literate lives. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (2003).

  19. Book chapter: Singer, J.. Looking through layers: A study of Guatemala. Teaching for social justice in the social studies classroom: Millions of intricate moves. Heinemann

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Presentations

  1. Early, J. S. "Write Your Ticket to College: An Essay Workshop for College-Bound Multi-Ethnic High School Classrooms.". National Conference of Teachers of English Convention 2009. (Nov 2009).
  2. Early, J. S. New Language Arts Teachers Working in Urban Under-Performing Schools: An Interview Study. National Conference of Teachers of English Convention. (Nov 2009).
  3. Early, J. S. Supporting Students’ Voices as Writers: Media Toys, Expository Writing, and Parental Involvement. National Conference of Teachers of English Convention 2008. (Nov 2008).

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Research Activity Research Awards

  1. Early,Jessica Singer * , Saidy-Hannah,Christina N , . Intersections. NATL WRITING PROJECT (10/1/2013 - 9/30/2014).
  2. Early,Jessica Singer * . National Writing Program Title II SEED Program: Teacher Leadership Development. NATL WRITING PROJECT (7/1/2012 - 9/30/2014).
  3. Early,Jessica Singer * Blasingame,James Bryan . Central Arizona Writing Project. NATL WRITING PROJECT (2/1/2009 - 6/30/2013).

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Service

  1. Central Arizona Writing Project, Director (2011 - present)
  2. Teaching and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry & Reflective Practice, Reviewer (2010 - present)
  3. Central Arizona Writing Project, Co-Director (2009 - present)

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