Donald J. Leu (Inducted 2007)

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, USA


donald.leu [at]

Mailing Address: 

5384 Plover Ct. Blaine, WA 98230


(cell) 860-680-3752

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Biographical Statement

Donald J. Leu is currently a member of the School Board in Blaine, Washington. He is also Emeritus Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut. He held a joint appointment in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology in the Neag School of Education and directed the New Literacies Research Lab.  He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association and a past President of the Literacy Research Association. A graduate of Michigan State, Harvard, and Berkeley, Don’s work focused on the new skills and strategies required to read, write, and learn with Internet technologies and the best instructional practices that prepared students for these new literacies. He was a Principal Investigator on a number of federal research grants including:  Factors Affecting Comprehension by Teens During Online in Science, Online Reading Comprehension Assessment, The New Literacies of Online Reading Comprehension, NAEP Secondary Reanalysis, and CTELL. His work has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, the North Central Educational Research Lab, the Carnegie Corporation, the Institute for Education Sciences, PBS and the Annenberg Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Australian Council of Educational Research, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He edited the Handbook of Research on New Literacies (Erlbaum) with Colin Lankshear, Julie Coiro, and Michele Knobel.