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Rebecca D. Silverman

Rebecca D. Silverman is an associate professor of early literacy at the Stanford Graduate School of Education at Stanford University in California.       

Rebecca began her career in education as an elementary school teacher in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Passionate about supporting children’s literacy development, she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is now a leading researcher and teacher educator in the field.

Rebecca’s research focuses on language and literacy development in early childhood and elementary school. Her teaching focuses on bridging research and practice. She has taught preservice general and special education teachers at the undergraduate and graduate levels; she has led professional development on research-based practices for supporting language and literacy for inservice early childhood and elementary school educators; and she has mentored numerous doctoral students who will serve as the next generation of researchers and teacher educators. She has also taught internationally, having been a Fulbright Scholar in Myanmar.

Rebecca has been active in service to the field. She has been on the editorial board of such journals as Reading Research Quarterly and The Reading Teacher, and she currently serves as the editor-in-chief of the Elementary School Journal. She has served as an advisor for such organizations as Sesame Workshop, the Public Broadcasting Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and WGBH Boston, and she currently serves as an advisor for the California State Board of Education.