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Dr. Steven Layne

Steven Layne Profile

Contact Information

Name:Steven Layne
Title:Professor & Chair, Graduate Programs in Literacy Education
Year Started:2004
Phone Number:847-628-1093
Office Location:Creekside 125


 Ed.D., 1996, Northern Illinois University
M.S.Ed., 1992, Northern Illinois University
B.A., 1987, Judson College


 Dr. Steven L. Layne has taught children at the elementary and junior high level for fifteen years. In addition, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses for over a decade at various institutions of higher education throughout northern Illinois including National Louis University, Northern Illinois University, and Wheaton College. Prior to accepting a full time appointment at Judson College, he traveled the country extensively working as a national literacy consultant for Staff Development for Educators. Dr. Layne is an acclaimed writer and researcher who frequently serves as a motivational keynote speaker and featured children's/young adult author at conferences and meetings held throughout the world. His published writings including dramatic monologues, prose, poetry, feature articles, textbook chapters, and children's book reviews have appeared in journals such as The Reading Teacher, The Middle School Journal, Contemporary Education, The Illinois Reading Council Journal, Reading Horizons, and The Illinois School Research and Development Journal. Dr. Layne has a growing collection of published children's picture books, young adult novels, and poetry/gift books many of which have won awards and honors from the literary community. He has been honored with national and state awards in the fields of research, teaching, and writing by numerous organizations such as USA Today, The International Reading Association, The National Council of Teachers of English, The Milken Family Foundation, The Illinois Reading Council, and The Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. He has served on a large number of state and national committees throughout his years in the field of reading education and held the office of President of the Illinois Reading Council for the 2005-2006 school year. Dr. Layne lives with his wife and four children in St. Charles, Illinois.

Expertise / Involvements

 Affective Domain in Reading Instruction; Vocabulary Acquisition; Children's and Adolescent Literature.

 Awards: 2001 Milken $25,000 National Educator Award for Excellence in Teaching, Milken Family Foundation; 2001 All-USA Teaching Team, USA TODAY National Newspaper; 2001 Edwin A. Hoey Award for Outstanding Middle School Teacher in the United States, National Council of Teachers of English; 2000 ICARE for Reading Award Winner, Illinois Council for Affective Reading Education; 1999 Junior High Reading Educator of the Year, Illinois Reading Council; 1997 Winn Research Award Winner, Illinois Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development; 1997 Outstanding Research Award Winner, NIU Alumni Council/College of Education, Northern Illinois University; 1995-1996 Literacy Award Winner, Alpha Delta Chapter of Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society of the International Reading Association

 Writing Honors: 2004 Children's Choice Honor for Top 100 Picture Books voted on by children in the U.S. for ''My Brother Dan's Delicious''; 2003-2004 Texas Lone Star List of Top 20 Books for Teens for ''This Side of Paradise''; 2003 IRA Young Adult Choices Award for top 30 books for young adults in the U.S. for ''This Side of Paradise''; 2002 IRA Children's Choice Honor for Top 100 New Picture Books voted on by children in the U.S. for ''The Teachers Night Before Christmas''; 2002-2003 Indiana Library Federation Read Aloud Books Too Good To Miss for High School Students for ''This Side of Paradise''; 2001-2002 Missouri Library Association Best of the Best for Young Adults for ''This Side of Paradise''; 2001 Hal Clement Award for Best New Science Fiction Novel for Teens in the U.S. for ''This Side of Paradise''; Bestseller Status for ''Life's Literacy Lessons: Poems for Teachers,'' ''The Teachers Night Before Christmas,'' and ''This Side of Paradise.''


 Books: T is for teachers: A school alphabet. Chelsea, MI: Sleeping Bear Press; Over land and sea: The story of international adoption. Gretna, LA: Pelican; Verses for Dad's heart. Gretna, LA: Pelican. The principal's night before Christmas. Gretna, LA: Pelican. Thomas's sheep and the spectacular science project. Gretna, LA: Pelican. Life's literacy lessons: Poems for teachers. Newark, DE: International Reading Association; My brother Dan's delicious. Gretna, LA: Pelican. This side of Paradise. Gretna, LA: Pelican. The teachers night before Christmas Gretna, LA: Pelican. Thomas's sheep and the great geography test. Gretna, LA: Pelican.

 Journal Articles & Contributions: Commentary on Molder of Dreams by Guy Rice Doud. In J. Davis, L. Ryken, & T. Martin (Eds.). Reading for life: 100 Christian college teachers reflect on the books that shaped their lives. Xlibris; There's something. The Reading Teacher, 53, 115; Vocabulary acquisition by fourth-grade students from listening to teachers' oral reading of novels. Illinois School Research and Development Journal, 34, 16-19; Melody of Love. In A Closer Look: Writings by Teachers. Bloomington, IL: Illinois Reading Council; Economic education: Ways and means. In Pamela J. Farris (Ed.). Elementary and middle school social studies: A Whole Language Approach (2nd ed.). (pp. 229-247). Dubuque, IA: Brown and Benchmark; Another time, another place. The Reading Teacher, 49, 631; What have I done to them? (Our Own Stories). The Reading Teacher, 49, 385; Censorship: The best defense is a strong offense. Contemporary Education, 66, 103-105; [Review of Language arts: A process approach]. Reading Horizons, 35, 365-366; Read to them. The Reading Teacher, 48, 140; Read to your baby: A program designed to positively impact the attitudes of intermediate readers. Illinois Reading Council Journal, 22, 29-38; [Review of The Eyes of Kid Midas]. Reading Horizons, 35, 178-179; [Review of Radical reflections: Passionate opinions on teaching and learning]. Contemporary Education, 65, 235-236; Handsome & gruesome: A dramatic monologue. Edna Means Dramatic Services - Tama, IA; Informal assessment at the middle school level. Middle School Journal, 27, 41-45.

Professional Societies or Affiliations

 Alpha Upsilon Alpha Honor Society/Alpha Delta Chapter; Assembly on Literature for Adolescents; Children's Literature Assembly; College Reading Association; Illinois Reading Council; International Reading Association; National Council of Teachers of English; National Council of the Social Studies; Northern Illinois Reading Council; Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators; Special Interest Group on Literature for Adolescents/IRA; Special Interest Group for Leaders/IRA.

Current Projects

 Professional Book: ''Building Lifetime Readers: Steps to Success for America's Schools; Young Adult Novel: Mergers.

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