Barbara Purdum-Cassidy, Ed.D., currently teaches elementary language arts methods to preservice teachers and graduate coursework in advanced methods of teaching writing. She has over 25 years of combined experiences at the elementary, middle, undergraduate and graduate teaching levels. As Elementary (EC-6) Program Coordinator, Dr. Cassidy’s responsibilities include coordination of all aspects of the elementary education program, including alignment of the program with national and state standards. Dr. Cassidy currently serves in national, state, and community leadership roles, including Co-Chair of the Emerging Scholars for the Association of Teacher Educators, Secretary of the Texas Association for the Improvement of Reading, and Secretary of the Rapoport Academy Board of Directors.

Dr. Cassidy’s research interests include creating urban literacy initiatives to advance student academic outcomes, the role of informal environments in teaching 21st century skills and content knowledge, and teachers’ beliefs and efficacy for teaching writing. She has published on a variety of topics around best practices for teaching urban students. Some of these works include: Culturally Affirming Literacy Practices for Urban Elementary Students (2016), Beyond Basic Instruction: Effective Civic Literacy Instruction in Urban Schools (2016), An Analysis of the Ways in Which Preservice Teachers Integrate Children’s Literature in Mathematics (2015) and What Are They Asking? An Analysis of the Questions Planned by Prospective Teachers When Integrating Literature in Mathematics (2015). She is currently conducting research on the impact of professional development on teacher beliefs and student achievement, teachers’ perceptions of informal environments, and teachers’ beliefs about writing instruction.