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Linda Clinard

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BIO

Linda McCorkel Clinard (KLINE'-erd) specializes in Pre-K-12 reading/literacy education and curriculum development. Linda retired in 2007 after 20 years at UC Irvine as a elementary and secondary literacy instructor (12 years) and Director of the California Reading and Literature Project (CRLP) in the UCI Center for Educational Partnerships (8 years)..

Linda currently serves as a Literacy Consultant focusing on early childhood literacy and family literacy projects with the Children and Families Commission of Orange County Early Literacy Program (www.earlyliteracyprogramoc.org). She also consults with UCI/CRLP leaders to facilitate the CRLP Everyday Literacy for Families program to train educators to implement research-supported PreK - Elementary family literacy events.

Presentations
PreK through grade 12 presentations to schools, the community, and professional organizations with a focus on school-to-home communication (family literacy), standards-based, research-supported reading/literacy instruction for English Learners, and literacy across across the curriculum within various content areas (science, math, history/social science, etc.)

Education Background
Ph.D. in Curriculum Development and Teacher Education, The University of Michigan, 1979

M.S. in Reading Education, Indiana University, 1971

B.S. in Education (Co-Majors: Math/Science and Psychology), Biola University, La Mirada, California, 1964

Professional Education Experience
Elementary and secondary classroom teacher and reading specialist in California, Illinois, Michigan, and overseas for the Department of Defense Schools in Germany and Okinawa, 1964-1978.

Distinguished Lecturer for Michigan State University (Southeast Region), 1976-1987.

Adjunct Assistant Professor for The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor 1987-88.

UCI Department of Education: Elementary and secondary reading methods and field application courses (1988-2001); Secondary Credential Program Coordinator (1993-1994); UCI Professional Development School (UCI/PDS) Liaison (1994-2000)

Regional Director, California Reading and Literature Project, UC Irvine/Orange County Region, 2000-2007

Secondary Director, California Reading and Literature Project Statewide Project, 2001-2004

Family Literacy Consultant, California Reading and Literature Project, UC Irvine/Orange County Region, 2007-Present

Early Literacy and Family Literacy Consultant/Professional Development trainer, Children and Families Commission of Orange County Early Literacy Program, 2008-Present

Publications
Family Time Reading Fun, Kendall-Hunt Publishers, Dubuque, Iowa (www.kendallhunt.com). This book shares research-supported information, over 100 strategies for specific purposes linked to the California PreK through grade 4 expectations, and suggestions of many online resources to support parents, students, and teachers. The updated version of the Family Time Reading Fun/DRDP-R Strategies Grid which includes the newly-developed 2006 California Department of Education PreK Age 3-Kindergarten Desired Results Developmental Profile-Revised observation assessment measures is attached.

Articles such as (1) "What Mentoring Does for Mentors: a cross-cultural perspective" (European Journal of Teacher Education, Vol. 21, No. 1, 1998) co-authored with Linda's Israeli research colleague, Dr. Tamar Ariav of Beit Berl College, Israel, and (2) "Literacy Strategies Improve Content Area Learning," published in the Reading Conference Yearbook, Claremont Graduate University, 1999.

Numerous other articles for parents and educators.

Recent Research Projects
Collaboration with Dr. James Kim, Harvard University, National Director/Lead Researcher, Project READS (Reading Enhances Achievement During the Summer): Multi-District Randomized Controlled Trial of a Voluntary Summer Reading Intervention, 2007

PreK/K Research Study: The Impact of UCI/CRLP Professional Development Programs on Teaching Practice and Teacher Leadership Across Content Areas, in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Mercier, Concordia University, to explore impact of NSF-funded 2003-07 PreK/K Leadership Institute facilitated by CRLP

Awards

California Reading Association Margaret Lynch Area Exemplary Service Award, November, 2003, for outstanding contribution to Reading in Orange County and surrounding areas.

Orange County (California) Reading Association "Outstanding Contribution to Literacy Award", October, 2001.
Received the State of Michigan "International Reading Association Literacy Award", 1988. 

EXPERTISE

PreK-12: Early Literacy, Family Literacy, cross-content literacy, assessment linked to purposeful instruction 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

Clinard, L. (2005) "Family Time Reading Fun" Kendall Hunt Pub. Dubuque, IA (www.kendallhunt.com/clinard)