Jeanne R. Paratore (Inducted 2012)
Jeanne R. Paratore is Professor of Education, Faculty Director of the Literacy and Language Education Cluster, and Program Director, Reading and Literacy Education at Boston University. She also serves as director of the Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic. She is a former classroom teacher, reading specialist, and Title I director and she draws on these experiences in the frequent professional development she conducts with teachers. She has been principal investigator on funded studies totalling over $5 million (U.S. Department of Education: MA DESE; Foundations) of family literacy and home/school partnerships. She is currently PI on a funded study (U.S. Department of Education/Ready to Learn; PBS/CPB Prime) of effects of integrating PBS programming with sound instructional practices on development of early literacy, early mathematics and early science abilities. She has published widely on issues related to family literacy, classroom grouping practices, interventions for struggling readers, and most recently, the affordances of integrating digital media with the instructional routines in early childhood classrooms. She is an author of a leading instructional reading program and she has served as co-curriculum director of the award-winning children’s television series, Between the Lions. She is an elected member of the Reading Hall of Fame, a recipient of the New England Reading Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Ida M. Johnson Award honoring distinguished alumni of Boston University’s School of Education.