Rita M. Bean (Inducted 2009)

University of Pittsburgh (Emerita)


ritabean [at] pitt.edu



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Biographical Statement

Rita M. Bean is Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.S. from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to joining the University, she taught at the elementary level and also served as reading supervisor, K-12. She has published in many different journals and monographs on the topics of reading curriculum and instruction , diagnosis and remediation in reading, adult literacy, professional development, coaching, and preparation of reading specialists. Two recent books include: The Reading Specialist: Leadership for the Classroom, School, and Community 2nd edition (2009) and a co-edited text, Best Practices of Literacy Leaders: Keys to School Improvement (2011) that focuses on the importance of building school capacity by developing schools in which there is shared leadership and a culture of collaboration. She directed several research-based professional learning projects in elementary schools in Western Pennsylvania that influenced her work on professional development and on the importance of comprehensive, system-wide literacy programs in schools. She has also studied extensively the role of the reading specialist and literacy coach in improving student achievement for all students. Dr. Bean was Co-Director of the evaluation team for Reading First in Pennsylvania and one of the lead writers for the development of the PA Comprehensive Literacy Plan (2011). Currently, she serves as a member of the Technical Assistance Team for the federal program, Striving Readers, an initiative funded by the US Department of Education. She is also co-directing the development efforts for the International Literacy Association’s Standards for Reading Professionals 2017.