Poonam Arya

Poonam  Arya
Professor of Reading, Language, & Literature

261 Education Building

Office Hours: Contact via-e-mail 

313-577-1643
313-577-4091

Education

Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, 1998
Major: Reading Education
State University of New York at Buffalo, NY

Masters of Education, 1992
Major: Reading Education
Central Institute of Education
Delhi University, India

M.A. English Literature, 1990
Delhi University, India

B.A. English, 1988
Delhi University, India

Responsibilities

Dr. Arya is a tenured faculty member in Reading, Language, and Literature in the Teacher Education Division. She teaches masters, education specialist, and doctoral courses in reading theory, research, and practice. 

 

Area Of Expertise

  • Miscue Analysis
  • Literacy Assessments 
  • Comprehension - Retellings
  • Eye Movements and Reading
  • Teacher Reflection and Pedagogy

Research Interests

  • Text Features
  • Comprehension - Retellings
  • Peer Discussions of Literature
  • Video-based Teacher Reflection
  • Eye Movement Miscue Analysis Research

 

Courses Taught

  • Emergent Literacy
  • Literacy Across the Curriculum
  • Organization & Supervision of Literacy Programs
  • Seminar and Practicum in Instruction & Evaluation
  • Theoretical Foundations for Literacy
  • Literacy in a Socio-Political Culture
  • Research Applications in Literacy
  • Internship in Research and Teaching
  • Survey of Research in Reading: Theory and Comprehension

 

Community Engagement Activities

The High Five Literacy Program in the College of Education is an innovative program available for youth (1st - 8th grade) throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. It runs from October through April each year and provides free instruction in reading and writing skills to students on Wednesdays evenings. The program is led by certified teachers who are working on completion of their master’s degree in reading under the supervision of Dr. Arya, who is the course instructor/director of the High Five Literacy program. The teachers use a balanced literacy curriculum that is research-based and addresses students’ interests and needs. Teachers assess students continuously throughout the program using informal methods. This allows them to focus on a strengths-based approach to student learning and engagement.

Awards

  • 2014
    Kathleen Reilly Koory Endowed Faculty Development Award 

Grants

 1) Raising Readers: $100,000, 2017-2018

 2) A Unified Approach to Literacy Learning (K-5): $220,000; 2016-2017

 3) A Unified Approach to Literacy Learning (K-3): $228,808; 2015 - 2016 

  

 

Presentations

  •  Critical Issues in Early Literacy Development: Their Significance for Parents, Teachers, and Children of Diverse Backgrounds
    *Arya, P.*, Martens, P. 8 2006 Symposium at the 21st World Congress on Reading. Budapest, Hungary.
  • Critical Issues in Early Literacy Development: Growing as Compleat Teachers of Young Children
    *Arya, P.*, Martens, P., Wilson, P. 11 2006 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. Nashville, TN.
  • Text Characteristics, Readings and Retellings
    *Arya, P.*, Martens, P., Wilson, P. 12 2006 56th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
  • The Anatomy of Retelling Evaluations: What These Evaluations Do (and Don't) Reveal about Readers and Readings
    *Arya, P.*, Wilson, P., Jin, L., Martens, P. 12 2006 56th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Beginning Reading Instruction in China and India
    Jin,L., Ruan,J., & *Arya, P.* 12 2006 56th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Directions of Miscue Analysis Research and Practice
    Martens, P., *Arya, P.*, & Wilson, P. 6 2007 Reading Miscue Conference, Long Island, NY.
  • What Retelling Scores Reveal and Don't Reveal about Readers and Retellings.
    *Arya, P.*, Wilson, P., Jin, L., Martens, P. 11 2007 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention. New York, NY.
  • Texts, Readings, Retellings: Analysis of children's reading of two stories.
    *Arya, P.*, Wilson, P., Jin, L., Martens, P. 12 2007 57th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Austin, TX.
  • "I can read this!": Texts that Support Reading Development
    *Arya, P.* 6 2008 Reading Miscue Conference. Long Island, NY.
  • Exploring children's reading of original and anthology versions of texts
    Feather, K. & *Arya, P.* 12 2008 58th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.
  • The logic of substitution miscues: A study of readers navigating texts
    *Arya, P.*, Wilson, P., Martens, P 12 2008 58th National Reading Conference Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL.

 

Publications

  •  TAP (Teacher Learning and Application to Pedagogy) through Digital Video Mediated Reflections.
    *Arya, P.*, Christ, T., & Chiu, M. M. 2015 Handbook of Research on Teacher Education in the Digital Age.
  • A three-pronged approach to video reflection: Preparing literacy teachers of the future.
    Christ, T., *Arya, P.*, & Chiu, M. M. 2015 Video Reflection in Literacy Teacher Education and Development: Lessons from Research and Practice
  • Exploring Young Children’s Use of Illustrations in a Picturebook.
    Feathers, K., & *Arya, P.* 2015 Language and Literacy 17(1)
  • Teachers Reports of Learning and Application to Pedagogy based on Engagement in Collaborative Peer Video Analysis.
    Christ, T., *Arya, P.*, & Chiu, M. M. 2014 Teaching Education 25(4)
  • Facilitation and Teacher Behaviors: An Analysis of Literacy Teachers’ Video-Case Discussions.
    *Arya, P.*, Christ, T., & Chiu, M. M. 2014 Journal of Teacher Education 65(2)
  • An Exploration of How Professors' Facilitation is related to Literacy Teachers' Meaning Construction Process During Video-Case Discussions
    *Arya, P.*, & Christ, T. 2013 Journal of Reading Education 39(1)
  • Reconsidering Children’s Readings: Insights into the Reading Process.
    *Arya, P.* & Feathers, K. 2012 Reading Psychology 33(4)
  • Collaborative Peer Video Analysis: Insights about Literacy Assessment & Instruction.
    Christ, T., *Arya, P.*, & Chiu, M. M. 2012 Journal of Literacy Research 44(2)
  • “He did like this against the tree.” The Role of Illustrations during Independent Reading.
    Feathers, K. & *Arya, P.* 2012 Journal of Children’s Literature 38(1)