Joyce Pederson, PhD
Creator and owner of private reading assessment and instructional service company that provides services to individuals, school districts, and other organizations. Private practice reading consultant, reading diagnostician, and learning disabilities specialist. Licensed through June 2027 as Professional Educator – Teacher through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at prekindergarten through secondary levels in reading, learning disabilities, and English and at the junior high level for social studies. Additional WI DPI license as Administrator - Reading Specialist ( Pre-K-12)through 2027.
Provides literacy services for learners from the preschool through university levels. Learning skills assessment and interventions provided for college-bound and university students. Adult reading development services from basic decoding through critical reading skills.
Resource in literacy issues. Participates in school-based special education consultations in developing student learning plans. Provides parent coaching services to support parents in their academic work with their children.
River Falls, WI
Adjunct Visiting Professor
1994-6 Academic Year and Summer Session
1998, Spring Semester
Taught ELEM 316 - Developmental Reading; READ 765 – Appraisal and Intervention of Reading Problems; READ 785 – Reading Research; READ 661/ELEM 461 – Psychology and Pedagogy of Literacy; READ 766 – Supervision and Administration of Reading Programs
St. Paul, MN
Adjunct Professor (to supplement my business start-up)
- CIED 708 – Reading and Writing in the Content Areas at Mound, MN (Fall 1992) and Little Falls, MN (Winter 1993)
- READ 702 – Developmental Reading in the Secondary School via independent studies (Fall 1993) and READ 711 (Winter 1994)
- READ 704 – Clinical Diagnosis and Reading Remediation in extended degree programs at Osseo, MN and St. Paul Schools/MFT Site (Spring Semester 1996)
- READ 715/720 – Clinical Practicum in Reading Diagnosis and Remediation. Supervised one graduate students in my literacy center. (Summer Session 1994).
Developed and Taught Graduate Continuing Education Graduate Credit Courses –
- CTED 654 – Curriculum Development: Planning and Implementing Flexible Grouping in the Literature-Based Language Arts Program - One Credit – Redwood Falls, MN (July 1994)
- CTED 609 – Systematic Long-Range Planning and Implementation of Effective Reading and Language Arts Programs – Three Credits – Redwood Falls, MN Education District #280. (A coaching course that extended from November 1993 – June 1994).
- CTED 608 – Building an Effective Language Arts Program – One Credit – Redwood Falls, MN (June 1993). (Collaborative course with Dr. Alton Greenfield).
1977 – 1992
Associate Professor with Tenure Granted
September 1984 Assistant Professor
September 1977 – May 1984
Directed Academic Development Program and the Reading and Study Skills Program for twelve years. Taught undergraduate efficient reading courses in the Academic Development Program for six years. Member of the Graduate Programs in Education, Professional Psychology, and Social Work since 1977 with specialization in the area of reading. Full-time faculty member in graduate reading program. Have taught the following courses with semester load varying depending upon regular and overload assignments: Developmental Reading in the Elementary School, Developmental Reading in the Secondary School, Reading and Writing in the Content Area, Adolescent Literature, Reading Practicum, Organization and Administration of Reading Programs, Instruction Systems Design. Several courses have been taught both on campus as well as in the off-campus external degree sites. Advised teacher education and licensure and graduate students as well as graduate students in MACI and MA in reading program. Program director for the graduate programs in reading 1989-1992. Participated in university-wide Education Policy Committee as a one semester substitution from the department. Member of Schools’ Faculty Tenure Review Committee. Initiator and convener of Teacher Education Advising Committee. Member of Children’s Literature committee. Created concept and co-planner for Hubbs Lecture Series and Children’s Literature Collection and Conference.
Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs
August 1988 – May 1989
Invited to assist the vice president, I completed the College Management Certificate Program at Carnegie Mellon University in July 1988. Throughout the year, I assisted the vice president with routine administrative details as well as special projects. Met with him weekly. Participated on search committees for significant positions: university registrar and endowed chair of international management. Responsible in registrar search for broadening the identified poor of women candidates. Coordinated the details for the endowed chair search. Represented the vice president at committee meetings. Assisted in the preparation of reports for external agencies and campus purposes. Assisted in the drafting of correspondence as well as summaries of biweekly meeting of the deans which I regularly attended. Directed and supervised student workers in a research project examining the practice of granting dual degree course credits. Gathered information and drafted paper describing procedures for school closings because of inclement weather. Served as staff to the Organization Structure Task Force as discussions of reorganization of the academic side of the University took place. Co-authored the first working paper of the Task Force for distribution to the faculty. Assisted in the program review stages for programs being considered for approval by the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Worked with both university faculty in reviewing and revising the proposals and with the Program Advisory Committee members of HECB before each committee and board consideration of the proposals. Updated the Faculty Handbook. Communicated and cooperated with large numbers of internal and external publics in completing a broad range of work assignments.
Director, Hispanic Pre-College Project
January 1986 – January 1989
Responsible for the initial development of the project through the completion of Phase I, the Hispanic Educational Needs Assessment. Led meetings with administrators, faculty, community leaders, and consultants to define parameters of the project. Secured funding from external sources for Phase I. Major researcher of study and author of the final report. Developed and maintained working relationships with many urban educators and administrators as well, as with central office public school administrators. Recognized as a resource on minority children’s education needs by the St. Paul Foundation. Invited to join the information and information working group of the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership. Contributed to the increased awareness and efforts at the University to increase access for minority youth. Member of Minority Affairs Steering Committee. Administered all aspects of the Hispanic Pre-College Project including budgeting, staffing and supervision, and program planning.
Director, Reading and Study Skills Center
September 1977 – May 1988
Created, organized, and managed the Reading and Study Skills Center (RSSC). Responsible for budgeting of the RSSC, the Academic Development Program (described below), and the Writing Center. Selected, trained, and supervised staff which consisted of both professionals and student-workers as well as clerical staff. Conducted annual evaluations of the RSSC and prepared annual reports. Maintained the materials and equipment collection. Maintained excellent relationships with numerous University offices. Developed programs within the RSSC for serving learning on-campus students with learning disabilities. Coordinated services with athletic department, minority programs, New College (adult), graduate programs, and others. RSSC was recognized as an exemplary program by the National Center for Developmental Programs 1985.
Director, Academic Development Program
Directed this interdisciplinary freshman-year program which was begun in the fall semester of 1977. Conducted reviews of curriculum content with faculty of the program. Supervised up to fourteen program faculty teaching in the program annually. Responsible for hiring and supervising reading faculty teaching in the program. Shared responsibility for overall student selection with the offices of admissions, academic advising, academic dean, and English chair. Cooperatively designed a placement procedure which placed students in English sections as well as in the program. Coordinated course scheduling with department chairs and office of the academic dean. Conducted comprehensive end-of-year research on student achievement, including the monitoring of the academic performance as well as graduation and retention data. Conducted follow-up research with program participants at five- and ten-year intervals to examine long-term effects of program participation. Advised approximately thirty students each year. Member of Task Force on Retention. Member of ad hoc committee concerned with service delivery for students with handicaps. Program recognized as an exemplary program by the National Center for Developmental Programs in 1985.
Coordinator and Instructor – College Reading Program
September 1976 – May 1977
Directed the developmental reading program. Assisted in the planning of a learning skills center. Taught multiple sections of Efficient Reading each semester.
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Director, Reading and Study Skills Lab
December 1973 – May 1976
Organized the lab. Ordered and maintained materials and equipment. Hired and supervised part-time instructors and student help. Responsible for all aspects of the program.
Special District #916, now part of Century College
White Bear Lake, MN
Coordinator and Instructor – Communications Lab (3/4 Position).
November 1972 – November 1973
Organized and directed program. Instructed students. Wrote individualized learning modules.
- Carnegie-Mellon University, Certificate, 1988
- College Management Program
- University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, 1976, Doctor of Philosophy
- Major: Education – Reading Specialty
- University of Wisconsin – River Falls, 1972, Master of Science in Education
- Major: Reading
- University of Wisconsin – River Falls, 1968, Bachelor of Science
- Major: English, Junior High Curriculum
- University of Minneso
- 1981-82 – Graduate courses completed to strengthen background knowledge in learning and psychology:
- PSY 5-014 Psychology of Human Learning, Memory; PSY 5-701 Industrial Psychology; PSY 5-703 Psychology of Training and Development; MGMT 8-0006 Psychology of Management; PSY 5-793 Organizational Training, Development;
- PSY 8-121 Achievement Motivation; PSY 120 Personality, PSY 8-202 Social Psychology: Close Relationships; PSY 5-604 Abnormal Psychology, PSY 5-751 Psychology of Advertising;
- One-credit courses at UM – Audits:
- CAPy 5-635 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents. April 1994
- CAPy 5-620 Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Diagnostic Strategies and Educational Interventions. November 1992
PSY 5-702 Individual Behavior in Organizations;
- One-credit courses at UM – Audits:
- 1981-82 – Graduate courses completed to strengthen background knowledge in learning and psychology:
- University of St. Thomas
- ED 646 Individual Mental Testing 1981-2
The following coursework has been completed to meet the professional development requirements for Wisconsin Department of Instruction instructional licensure renewal:
- University of Wisconsin – Madison – Independent Learning
- U350-312 Willa Cather (Spring 2017)
- U272-511 Conflict Management (Spring (2017)
- U350-431 Ernest Hemingway (Spring 2017)
- U448-699 Independent Reading in Wisconsin Native American
- History (Spring 2017)
- CURR 300 School Curriculum Design May 2007
- U194-300 The Exceptional Individual (Spring 2002)
- U272-649 Children’s Literature (Spring 2002)
- EDPSY U315-711 - The Psychology and Education of Forgiveness (Spring 1997)
- University of Wisconsin – River Falls (Spring 1997)
- READ 798 Reading Assessment: Kaufman Battery for Children
- ELED 725 Teaching Math to Learning Disabled Children
- PSSE 695 Raising Self-Esteem
- University of Iowa Independent Learning
- 7E 157 Methods - Early Childhood Education I (October 1992)
- University of Mississippi Independent Learning
- Reading Education 300 Foundations of Elementary Reading (October 1992)
- EDRD 317: Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Disabilities (May 2007)
- University of Wisconsin – Stout
- EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators
- EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities
- EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning
- EDUC 763 Instructional Design
- EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators
Current Professional Development Activities
I read extensively on learning disability issues with a specific focus on dyslexia (including decoding, spelling, list and passage fluency, verbal retrieval and memory issues), written language, attention deficits, and nonverbal learning disabilities. Professional resources include journals accompanying the professional organization memberships, audiotapes from professional organization meetings, and my extensive professional library which is continually updated and expanded as new and relevant resources become available.
- International Reading Association
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Division for Learning Disabilities
- Council for Educational Diagnostic Services
- Wisconsin Council for Exceptional Children
- International Dyslexia Association
- Council of Learning Disabilities
- National Council of Teachers of English
- May 1997 University of St. Thomas Pre-College Project Recognition for contributions to the development of the Hispanic Precollege Program.
- 1989 Camadre Award for contributions and service to the education of Hispanic children by the Minnesota Hispanic Education Program.
- 1985 National Center for Developmental Programs Commendations (Academic Development Program and Reading and Study Skills Center.
- Wisconsin State Reading Association 1998 Convention - Milwaukee: Invited Speaker – Identifying the Reading Needs of At-Risk Readers: Assessment Practices and Intervention Strategies.
- University of Wisconsin – Stout. October 1997. Invited Speaker – Stout Technology Education Conference. Topic: Enhancing Reading in Technical Education.
- Minnesota Reading Association -– Chair of Publications and Editor of MRA Highlights 1992-1997.
- Ronald J. Johnson Remedial Reading Institute. University of WI – River Falls July 1996. Attended.
- Invitational Parents and Reading Conference, Fordham University – New York City. January 1992. Topic: Discussion and Writing Activities.
- Minnesota Reading Association Annual Conference. Maplewood, MN. October 1995. Attended.
- International Reading Association Regional Plains Reading Conference, Minneapolis, MN. !991. Chair, Special Arrangements Committee Chair; Steering Committee.
- Association and Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference. March 1990. Annual Conference. Topic: Addressing the Educational Needs of Hispanic Children and Parents: A report of the Hispanic Educational Needs Assessment.
- American Reading Forum. Annual National Conference, Longboat Key, FL. December 1989. Reactor.
- Minnesota Reading Association. Fall Conference. Brainerd, MN. October 1989. Topic: Aspirations of Twin Cities Hispanic Children: An Overview of the Hispanic Educational Needs Assessment Project.
- Minnesota Minority Education Partnership Research and Working Group. July 1989. Topic: Hispanic Needs Assessment Research Findings.
- Thirteenth Plains Regional reading Conference of the International Reading Association. Mpls, MN. November 1985. Topic: The Academic Development Program: Responding to the Needs of Undergraduate Students. Co-presented with the reading faculty of the Academic Development Program, University of St. Thomas.
- Sixth Annual Great Lakes Reading Conference of the International Reading Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 1985, Topic: The Academic Development Program – Co-presented with Marilyn Christian.
- Sixth Annual Great Lakes Reading Conference of the International Reading Association, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. October 1985, Topic: SQ3R: Surveying and Questioning the Relevant, Recent, (and not so Recent) Research. Co-presented with David Gustafson, PhD, University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.
- TRAINING ’84. Technology conference in New York City. December 1984. Attended.
- Upper Midwest Branch of Orton Dyslexia Society, St. Paul, MN April 1984. Presentation Topic: Understanding and Remembering: Current Trends and Implications for Reading Comprehension.
- Wisconsin State Reading Association Spring Conference. March 1984. Presentation Topic: SQ3R: Myth or Sound Procedure. Co-presented with David Gustafson, PhD, University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse.
- University of St. Thomas. New College Seminar. July 1982, 1983. Topic Preparing for College. Co-presented with Mary Lundeberg, PhD.
- Wisconsin State Reading Conference – Fall Conference. September 1982. Presentation Topic: Text Comprehension and Memory.
- Minnesota Reading Association, Fall Conference. November 1982. Presentation Topic: Textbook Comprehension: Bringing Together the Text and Imagination.
- American Council of Education – External Degree Programs Conference. Columbus, OH. November 1982. Presentation Topic: Theoretical Issues and Strategies in Independent Learning.
- National Reading Conference, San Antonia, TX. November 1979. Presentation Topic: Evaluating the Processes and Produces of the College Reading Program.
- National Reading Conference, San Antonia, TX. November 1979. Presentation Topic: Effects of Study Techniques of Structured Overview Mapping and Student-Constructed Post-Questions on Comprehension.
- National Reading Conference, St. Petersburg FL. November 1978. Presentation Topic: Effects of Post-Questions on the Comprehension of Expository Prose.
- National Association for Remedial and Developmental Studies in Post-Secondary Education. Chicago, IL. March 1978. Presentation Topic: The Response of a Liberal Arts College to the Needs of Underprepared Students.
- Minnesota Reading Association Conference. St. Cloud, MN Presentation topic: Diagnosing Reading Comprehension Problems of Secondary and College Readers.
- Minnesota Reading Association/Minnesota Right to Read Co-Sponsored Meeting. April 1978. Presentation topic: Content Area Reading Strategies.
- Amery Public Schools, Amery WI. 2011 Consultant on Response to Intervention Reading Programs with a focus on interventions and monitoring.
- New Richmond Public Schools. 2011. Consultant activities including Independent Education Evaluation.
- Somerset Public Schools. 2011. Consultant activities including Independent Education Evaluation.
- Academic Caesar Chevez Charter School, Maplewood, MN. 2003-4, Consultant and Staff Development Services.
- St. Bridget’s School Parent Organization. River Falls, WI. 2002. Topic: Reading Strategies for Parents.
- Hastings, MN Public Schools. 2002. Consultant and staff development services.
- Amery Public Schools. February 1999. Reading Strategies for Parents of Special Needs Children.
- Basswood Elementary School District. (Maple Grove, MN). August 28, 1997. Workshop for entire staff. Topic: State of the Art: What Do We Know About Reading Instruction?
- Eden Prairie School District (MN). Language Arts CIC. August 19 & 20, 1996. Process consultation with one presentation given discussing current best practices in reading.
- Minnesota Best Practice Network Conference. Sponsored by MN Department of Children, Families, and Learning. St. Louis Park, MN. July 1996. Topic: Addressing the Reading Needs of Underachieving Children: Remedial Strategies.
- Ellsworth Public Schools (WI). Language Arts K-8 Committee. Curriculum Planning and Strategies. June 1996.
- Northeastern Metropolitan Intermediate School District 916. Alternate Learning Program. Capital View Center. April 1996. Opening speech for the entire staff – Topic: Focus on Reading. Two subgroup presentation followed: Focus on Reading K-7 and Focus on Reading 7 – 12.
- Central Minnesota Service Cooperative Title I Conference. St. Cloud, MN. January 1996. Topic: Strengthening Student Word Identification Skills.
- Central Minnesota Service Cooperative Title I Conference. St. Cloud, MN. January 1996. Topic: Strategic Strategies to Boost Comprehension.
- Minneapolis Public Schools (1995). Teaching and Learning Center Programs. Consultation services throughout the year in the areas of reading diagnosis, underachievement issues, content standards project, and word identification staff development. Provided three four-session workshops: Phonics Instruction in the Whole Language Classroom.
- Minneapolis Public Schools. January and February 1994. Continuing Education Graduate Credit Course: Beginning Reading: The Basics. Credit provided through Hamline University Continuing Education.
- Minneapolis Public Schools. Chapter I Assistant Training Day. February 1994. Beginning Reading Strategies. Presented Two Sessions
- Minneapolis Public Schools, Southwest High School Staff Development. April 1994. Content Area Reading Strategies. Co-presented with Dr. Alton Greenfield, MN Department of Children, Families, and Learning.
- New London/Spicer School District (MN). 1993-94. Provided reading consulting services focusing on the development of Reading and Language Arts Outcomes.
- Wabasso Public School District (MN). May 31 and June 1, 1994. Course: Reading and Language Arts Outcomes with a focus on remediation strategies for education assistants and Chapter I aides.
- St. Cloud Area Schools. 1993-1994. Provided consultation services in the areas of authentic assessment (focused on retellings), reading leader training, and beginning reading basics. Presented staff development sessions on Intermediate-Level Writing Strategies and Chapter I Instructional Strategies.
- Family and Community Education – Wisconsin Nine-County Education Committee. January 1994. Developed the Master Literacy Volunteers program. Provided in-service for the committee and sixty volunteers on the program and methods to use it.
- Humboldt Senior High. Academia del Pueblo. February 1994. Reading Skills Instruction. Presented for the program faculty of the University of St. Thomas Pre-College Program.
- Farmington School District. May 1993. Workshop. Chapter I Literacy Night.
- Academic del Pueblo. Parents as Partners Program. November 1991. Presented Reading Strategies Parents Can Use with Children.
- St. Columba Catholic Church Faculty. November 1991. Topic: Whole Language Reading Program.
- Minneapolis Public Schools Language Arts Adoption Committee. July 1991. In-service presentation. Topic: Current Reading Process Theory – An Overview.
- Minneapolis Public Schools Language Arts Adoption Committee. 1991-2 . Member of Language Arts Adoption Committee.
- Hispanic Pre-College Academic In-service. June 1991. Topic: Reading Readiness, Writing, and Reading Strategies Workshops.
- Effective Strategies for the Language Arts Conference. University of St. Thomas. July -1991. Co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Public Schools. Presented workshop – The State of Language Arts Instruction. Coordinated conference on campus.
- Inver Hills Community College. Professional Seminar Series. February 1986. Presented Building Memory Skills.
- The Management Center – University of St. Thomas. 1982-5. Developed and taught two seminars on a regular basis: Memory Skills Improvement and Effective Reading for Professionals.
- University of Minnesota Professional Improvement Program. 1982-4. Taught course, Improving Memory Skills (12- and 15-hour seminars).
- Archbishop Murray In-Service Seminar Program. 1982-3. Presented workshops on reading topics in four private Catholic Schools: Hill-Murray, Convent of the Visitation, Regina High School, and St. Thomas Academy.
- University of Wisconsin – River Falls. 1982. Summer Reading Conference. Topic: Metacognition in Reading.
- University of Minnesota Sampler Lecture Series. November 1982. Presented: How to Improve Memory Skills.
- Mount Sinai Hospital Auxiliary
- Northern States Power
- Kings Maplewood Club
- Minnesota Women’s Network
- Owatonna Chamber of Commerce
- KSTP Radio, Mike Edwards’ Show, November 1983. Topic: Memory
- KSTP Television. February 1985. Consultant and on-air expert, Mysteries of Memory four-part special.
- Science Museum of Minnesota. Summer 1992. Interviewed for Encounters Magazine;
- November 1992. Lecture. Topic: How Memory Works.