Peggy Keefer, EdD

Renae Franiuk

Visiting Assistant Professor; Chair, Master of Arts in Reading Instruction and Master of Arts in Curriculum Instruction
School of Education
Building and Room Location: Institute for Collaboration 226D
Telephone: 630-844-5656  Email Address: pkeefer@aurora.edu

My teaching philosophy centers on the basic tenet that all students can learn. Whether or not students reach their full learning potential rests in the hands of their teachers. In order to ensure student success, as a teacher I must design instruction that addresses multiple learning modalities and continuously engages the learner. My goal as a teacher is to find the optimal way to guide each student to success: “If students are apparently unable to learn, we should assume that we have not as yet found the right way to teach them.” — Marie Clay

Education
EdD, Loyola University, Chicago
MA, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago
BA, Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago

Areas of Specialization
Curriculum Design
Educational Program Evaluation
Literacy Instruction for Emergent Learners
Parent Involvement for Literacy Success
Professional Learning Communities
Response to Intervention

Courses Taught
Assessment of Literacy Learning
Contemporary Issues in Curriculum and Practice
Curriculum Construction
Literacy in the Content Areas
Assessment of Literacy Learning
Practicum in Reading
Professional Research in Literacy Learning I
Professional Research in Literacy Learning II
Supervision and Administration in Literacy I
Supervision and Administration in Literacy II
The Leader’s Role in Supervision, Assessment, and Evaluation in Literacy Learning


Highlights of Publications, Honors and Professional Contributions
Kaufmann, Peggy. (2000). Effects of a sequenced and individualized home reading program with parent involvement, on the reading performance and attitudes of primary students. (Doctoral dissertation).

Unpublished Action Research
Effects of Maternal Literacy on Early Childhood Cognitive Development, Malcolm X College, Chicago 1987.

Comparison of Student Achievement on ISAT for ELL Students in Dual Language Classrooms and ELL Students in Non-Dual Bilingual Programs, School District 54, Schaumburg, IL.

Comparison of the Effects of Reading Recovery on ELL Students and Native English Speaking Students, School District 54, Schaumburg, IL.

Presentations
Professional Learning Community Leadership Conference – May 2006
Illinois PTA Annual Conference – April 2006
Illinois Reading Council Conference – March 2000
Illinois Reading Recovery Conference – February 2000
Concordia University Annual Reading Conference – February 2000

Highlights of Campus Involvement
Council on Licensure of School Professionals