June Justice Crawford, EdM '77

Private Consultant, Literacy Education

June Justice Crawford

June Crawford, EdM, is a private consultant who moved back to Western New York after a long career in literacy education.

She began her academic career as a non-traditional student in Millard Fillmore College at UB and continued her studies in the Graduate School of Education while teaching classes as a graduate assistant in the Learning Center. This led to a lifelong interest in developmental education for college students and the evaluation of education programs. Crawford spent 20 years at Niagara University, where she was the founding director of the University Learning Center, receiving recognition from the National Center for Developmental Education for an outstanding program in the United States. She is a founding member and the first president (1979) of the New York College Learning Skills Association.

Crawford is retired from the National Institute for Literacy, U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC. At the federal level, she directed the Bridges to Practice teacher training program for teachers of adults, and developed a certification program that is currently being utilized by 46 States for teachers in adult literacy programs.

Other federal work included the supervision of the contract for the Adult Literacy Research Working Group, working with reading and writing researchers from many universities across the United States in reviewing research in adult literacy, and determining guidelines for the literacy field. This work has produced several publications; forms the basis for the latest in reading training programs for adult educators, sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education; and has spawned the development of new pre- and post-tests of teacher knowledge of reading.

Crawford has presented at most of the major reading and/or learning disabilities conferences in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and has published a text for college students, and several articles on literacy education, the latest in a monograph recently published by the International Dyslexia Association.