James Barton

Horace Mann Hall (HM) 210
(401) 456-8016
(401) 456-8564
jbarton@ric.edu

Academic Background

1985-1990 School of Education, Stanford University
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education in June, 1990.
Program: Language, Literacy, and Culture.
Advisor: Robert Calfee.
Dissertation: "Reader Awareness of Emotions in Narratives: The reader/character connection." An exploration of readers' awareness of the emotional states of story characters and the influence of this awareness on inferential comprehension.

1978-1980 School of Education, Boston University.
MA in Reading Education with an emphasis on diagnosis, motivation, and remediation of below grade level readers.
Advisor: Dr. James Flood.

1972-1976 School of Education, University of Vermont. B.S., cum laude, in Secondary Education with teaching credentials in English and Reading.

Courses Taught

Undergraduate
  • Developmental Reading

  • Teaching Language Arts

  • Application of Middle School Instructional Models

  • Reading in the Content Areas

  • Teaching Children's Literature

  • Teaching Adolescent Literature

  • Educational Psychology

Graduate
  • Developmental Reading

  • Application of Middle School Instructional Models

  • Administration of Reading Programs

  • Multicultural Literacy

  • Standards Based Instruction in Language Arts

  • Reading Research Seminar

  • Analysis of Reading Research

  • Core Seminar for First Year Ph.D. Students

  • Field Experience for First Year Ph.D. Students

  • Core Seminar for Second Year Ph.D. Students

Professional Experience

2000-present
Professor of Reading Education at Rhode Island College.
Professional roles include teaching and advisement in the graduate reading program, teaching and advisement in the undergraduate elementary and middle school programs, and teaching and advisement in the Ph.D. in Education program.

1990-2000
Associate Professor of Reading Education at the University of Rhode Island.
Professional roles included leadership and advisement for the Reading Master's Program, instruction in all areas of literacy in graduate and undergraduate teacher education, and research on reader response and comprehension.

1988-1989
Instructor for "Language and Literacy in Secondary Schools" in Stanford University's Teacher Education Program. This course prepared pre-service teachers with instructional strategies for secondary content area classrooms.

1987-1989
Student Teacher Supervisor in Stanford's Teacher Education Program.
Responsible for the preparation and evaluation of prospective teachers of English in the areas of content knowledge, curriculum planning, pedagogical technique, and classroom management.

1983-1985
Reading Specialist, Brattleboro Junior High, Brattleboro, Vermont. Taught remedial, development, and gifted reading classes at the junior high level.

1980-1983
Reading Specialist, Leland and Gray Union High School, Townsend, Vermont. Responsible for the implementation and instruction of an individualized junior high reading program.

1976-1978Elementary and Middle School Teacher, Bakersfield Middle School, Bakersfield, Vermont. Taught Reading, English, and Physical Education for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Books

Barton, J. (2001). Teaching With Children’s Literature. Christopher Gordon.

Barton, J. & Collins, A. (Eds.) (1995). Portfolio Assessment: A handbook for educators. Addison-Wesley.

Juried Journal Articles

Barton, J., Sawyer, D., & Swanson, C. (2007). They want to learn how to think: Using art to enhance comprehension. Language Arts, 85(2), 125-132.

Barton, J. & Sawyer, D. (2003). Our students are ready for this: Comprehension instruction in the elementary school. Reading Teacher, 53, 334-359.

Kern, D., Barton, J., Andre, W., Shilke,R., & Maguire. M. (2003). “Less is more: Preparing students for the state writing assessments.” The Reading Teacher. 56(8), 816-826.

Barton, J. (2001). Teaching vocabulary in the literature classroom. English Journal, 90(4), 82-89.

Barton, J. (1999). Using multicultural children’s literature to teach science. New England Journal of Reading, 35 (2), 7-11.

Barton, J. (1996). Interpreting character emotions for literature comprehension. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 40 (1), 22-28.

Barton, J. (1995). Conducting effective classroom discussions. Journal of Reading, 38 (5), 346-351.

Barton, J. & Collins, A. (1993). Portfolios in teacher education. Journal of Teacher Education, 44(3), 45-67.

Barton, J. (1991). Choosing and using Textbooks: What's new under the sun? Rhode Island Reading Review, 9(1), 40-45.

Barton, J. (1991). Conducting Literature Discussions: Lessons learned from the Teacher Assessment Project. Teacher Education Quarterly, 18(3), 97-108.

Journal Abstracts

Athanases, S. and Barton, J. (1989). The deep double game: Oral interpretation to enhance reading comprehension. ERIC Documents. Abstract in Resources in Education, February/March.

Chapters

Barton, J. & Wood, K. (2005). Theory Becomes Practice: A design for content area lesson planning. In Lapp, D., Flood, J. and Farnun, N. (eds.) Content Area Reading and Learning, (3rd edition). Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Merritt, D., Barton, J., & Culatta, B. (1998). Instructional Discourse: A framework for learning. In Merritt, D. & Culatta, B. (Eds.) Language Intervention in the Classroom. Singular Publishing Group: San Diego, CA.

Barton, J. (1995). Theory Becomes Practice: A design for content area lesson planning. In Lapp, D., Flood, J. and Farnun, N. (eds.) Content Area Reading and Learning, (2nd edition). Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Calfee, R. & Barton, J. (1990). Professional knowledge as professional power: Project READ. In Kerrins, J. (ed.) Proceedings from the Sixth Annual Conference on Issues and Trends in Educational Leadership, Colorado Springs, CO.

Barton, J. (1989). Reading instruction in the accelerated school. In Goldberg, S.S. (ed.) Readings on Equal Education, Vol. 10: Critical Issues for a new administration and Congress. AMS Press, Inc.: New York, NY.

Barton, J. and Calfee, R. (1989). Theory becomes practice: One program. In Lapp, D., Flood, J. and Farnun, N. (eds.) Content Area Reading and Learning, (1st edition). Prentice Hall: Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

Juried Presentations

National
“Coaching Reading Coaches.” With Dolores Smith. International Reading Association Annual Meeting, Toronto, CA. May, 2008.

“Family Book Bags: Linking Home, School, and Pre-service Teachers’ Learning.” With Diane Kern. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English, San Francisco, CA. November, 2003.

“Reading Instruction in Secondary Schools: New Directions.” With Mary Ann Liberati. Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Baltimore, MD. November, 2001.

“Solving Problems in Theme-Based Study of Literature.” With Steven Athanases. Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Milwaukee, WI. November. 2000.

“Reaching Thematic Understanding.” Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Nashville, TN. November, 1998.

“Theme Based Literature Instruction.” With Steven Athanases. Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Detroit, MI. November, 1997.

"Using Multicultural Literature to Teach Science." Annual Conference of the National Council of Teachers of English. Chicago, IL. November, 1996.

"Self Confidence in Literacy Learners: Can cultural interactions help?" American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. April, 1995.

"The Influence of Culturally Based Literature Instruction on Reader Stance: Grade 4." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA. December, 1994.

"The Effects of Response Based Literature Instruction on Fourth-Graders Cultural Awareness." Annual Meeting of the American Educational Association. New Orleans, LA. April, 1994.

"Training Readers to Interpret Character Emotions: How emotional transactions can lead to story comprehension." Annual Meeting of the American Educational Association. Atlanta, GA. April, 1993.

"Multicultural Literature Instruction and Reader Stance." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Charleston, SC. December, 1993.

"Training Readers to Interpret Character Emotions: How emotional transactions can lead to story comprehension." National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. San Antonio, TX. December, 1992.

"Assessing Reader's Comprehension Monitoring Strategies." With Susan Ficke. International Reading Association Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. May, 1992.

"An Invitation to Discuss Portfolios in Teacher Education Programs." With Angelo Collins. Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA. April, 1992.

"Reader Awareness of Emotions in Literature." National Reading Conference. Miami, FL. November, 1990.

"Reader Awareness of Emotions in Literature: The reader/character connection." National Reading Conference. Austin, TX. November, 1989.

"A New Model for Literacy Instruction." With Robert Calfee. International Reading Association Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. May, 1988.

"A Process Oriented Approach to Vocabulary Instruction." With Robert Calfee. International Reading Association Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA. May, 1987.

"Using Oral Interpretation to Enhance Reading Comprehension Skills." With Steven Athanases. International Reading Association Annual Meeting. Toronto, Canada. May, 1987.

"Exploring the Relationship between Vocabulary Instruction and Reading Comprehension." With Andrea Whittaker. American Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. August, 1986.

Regional

"Choosing Wisely: Selecting Children's Literature for Classroom Use." Rhode Island State Council International Reading Association Annual Conference. Newport, RI. December, 1999.

"Preparing Young Writers for State Writing Assessments." With Diane Kern and Wendy Lombardi. Annual Meeting of the New England Reading Association. Lawrence, MA. October 1999.

“Teaching Writing with Children’s Literature.” With Barbara Lemme, Sue-Ann Kresinski and Carol Grandin. Rhode Island State Council International Reading Association Annual Conference. Newport, RI. December, 1998.

"Using Multicultural Literature to Teach Ethical Thinking." With Mary Ann Liberati. Annual Meeting of the New England Reading Association. Providence, RI. October, 1996.

"Fourth Graders' Responses to Multicultural Literature". With Raphael Diaz. Annual Meeting of the New England Reading Association. Portland, ME. October, 1994.

"The Effects of Response Based Literature Instruction on Fourth-Graders Cultural Awareness." With Dr. Ovetta Harris. Sixth Annual Conference on Ethnographic and Qualitative Research in Education. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. June, 1994.

"How Portfolio Assessment Influences Instruction." Rhode Island Statewide Literacy Teacher Conference. Warwick, RI. February, 1994.

"Multicultural Literature Instruction." Annual Meeting of the New England Reading Association. Hyannis, MA. October, 1993.

"Training Readers to Interpret Character Emotions: How emotional transactions can lead to story comprehension." With Carolyn Millerick. Rhode Island Reading Conference. Newport, RI. November, 1992.

"Choosing and Using Multicultural Literature for Adolescent Readers." With Susan Ficke. New England Reading Association Annual Meeting. Manchester, NH. November, 1992.

"Lesson Planning for the Literacy Demands of Content Area Instruction." With Susan Ficke. Rhode Island Reading Conference. Newport, RI. November, 1991.

"Instructional Strategies for Content Area Readers." With Susan Ficke. New England Reading Association Annual Meeting. Hartford, CT. October, 1991.

"Status Report on the Use of Portfolios for Assessment in Teacher Education Programs." With Angelo Collins. Northeast Regional Holmes Group Conference. Boston, MA. October, 1991.

"Into the Literature Curriculum." Rhode Island Chapter One Reading Conference. Warwick, RI. April, 1991.
"Readers, Texts, and Comprehension." Annual Rhode Island Reading Conference. Newport, RI. November, 1990.

"Reading and Emotional Self-awareness: Understanding stories and learning about emotions." Rhode Island State Council Reading Seminar. Warwick, RI. October, 1990.

"Emotional Awareness and Story Comprehension." Rhode Island Reading Makes
a Radical Difference Conference. Warwick, RI. September, 1990.
"Literature and Instruction." California Reading Association Annual Conference San Jose, CA. November, 1989.

"A Thematic Approach to Literature Instruction." Critical Thinking Network Annual Conference. Santa Clara County, CA. January, 1989.

"Into the Literature Curriculum." Four County Reading Improvement Day. San Jose, CA. November, 1988.

Invited Presentations

“Teaching Comprehension in Elementary Classrooms.” Annual Meeting of the New England Reading Association. Newport, RI. November, 2002. Featured Speaker.

“Exploring Our Cultural Roots.” Promising Practices Annual Diversity Conference. Rhode Island College. November, 2000.

Keynote Speaker, URI Chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi, Education Honor Society Initiation, May, 1995.

"Exploring Cultural Awareness Through Multicultural Children's' Literature." Northeast Kingdom Head Start Conference on Cultural Awareness. Lyndonville, VT. January, 1995.

"A Model for Children's Literature Instruction." Presentation to the URI/Children's Crusade Partnership Program, Veterans Elementary School. Central Falls, RI. April, 1994.

"Implementing a Portfolio Assessment Approach in University Programs." Presentation to the University of Rhode Island Physical Therapy Faculty. Kingston, RI. April, 1994.

"Using Literature in the Classroom." Presentation to teachers in the URI/Children's Crusade Partnership. Providence, RI. April, 1994.

"Literacy Portfolio Assessment." Rhode Island Northern Local Reading Council Literacy Tea. Warwick, RI. October, 1993.

"How Portfolio Assessment Influences Instruction." Presentation to the Rhode Island Literacy Portfolio Group. Providence, RI. May, 1993.

"A Design for Portfolio Assessment." Rhode Island Department of Education Workshop. Providence, RI. March, 1993.

"Designing Portfolios for Use in Teacher Education Programs." Presentation to the Education Faculty of the University of Rhode Island. Kingston, RI. September, 1992.

"Alternative Forms of Student Assessment." Rhode Island Conference on Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century. Newport, RI. April, 1992.

"Encouraging Young Readers of Literature." Rhode Island Parent/Teacher Reading Conference for Young Authors. Exeter, RI. March, 1992.

"Designing Portfolios for Use in University Courses." Presentation to the faculty of Central Washington University. Ellensburg, WA. February,1992.

"Encouraging Young Readers of Literature." Rhode Island Parent/Teacher Reading Conference for Young Authors. Exeter, RI. February, 1991.

"Readers and Their Understanding of Story Characters." Saconnet Reading Council. Bristol, RI. January, 1991.

Professional Affiliations

National
Member, International Reading Association, 1988-present.
Member, National Council of Teachers of English, 1993-present.
Member, American Educational Research Association, 1990-1995.
Member, National Reading Conference, 1988-1995.

Regional
Recognized for service to Rhode Island teachers at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the New England Reading Association.
Member, New England Reading Association, 1990-present.
Member, Rhode Island Reading Association, 1990-present.

State
Consultant: Lincoln, Coventry, Pawtucket, Cranston, Block Island, Johnston, North Smithfield, Chariho, West Warwick, Providence, North Kingstown, Exeter/West Greenwich, Ashton, Newport, Warwick, and Ashland, MA Public School Districts, Dorcas Place Adult Literacy Center, and the Adult Academy at The Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University.


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