University at Buffalo

John Z. Strong

John Z. Strong

Assistant Professor

LEARNING AND INSTRUCTION


Specialty/Research Focus

Achievement; Assessment; Elementary Education; English Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Equity and Poverty; Literacy; Reading Instruction; Evaluation; Writing Instruction; Race, Inequality, and Education; Standards; Quantitative Research Methods; Research Design; Research Methods

Contact Information
571 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4044
jstrong3@buffalo.edu

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Professional Summary:

John Z. Strong, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacy Education in the Department of Learning and Instruction in the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo. A former high school English language arts teacher, his research interests include reading comprehension, text complexity, text structure, and writing. His research focuses on the development of integrated reading and writing interventions to support elementary and secondary students' understanding of complex texts, with an emphasis on the role of text structure knowledge in reading and writing. His research emphasizes equitable literacy instruction and improving literacy achievement for diverse populations of students who are traditionally underserved by public schools.

Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Delaware, Education (2019)
  • MEd, University of Delaware, Reading (2014)
  • BA, University of Delaware, English Education (2010)
Awards and Honors:
  • Emerging Scholars Fellowship; Reading Hall of Fame; 2020-08-03;
  • 2020 ILA Timothy & Cynthia Shanahan Outstanding Dissertation Award; International Literacy Association; 2020-07-28;
  • 2018 ILA Steven A. Stahl Research Grant; International Literacy Association; 2018-07-21;
Recent Publications:
Book:
  • Lewis, W. E. & Strong, J. Z. (2021). Literacy instruction with disciplinary texts: Strategies for grades 6-12. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Walpole, S., McKenna, M. C., Philippakos, Z. A., & Strong, J. Z. (2020). Differentiated literacy instruction in grades 4 and 5: Strategies and resources (2nd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Journal Article:
  • Strong, J. Z. (2022). Measuring text structure awareness in upper elementary grades. Reading & Writing Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/10573569.2022.2025508
  • Strong, J. Z. (2020). Investigating a text structure intervention for reading and writing in grades 4 and 5. Reading Research Quarterly, 55(4), 545– 551. https://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.356
  • Lupo, S. M., Tortorelli, L., Invernizzi, M., Ryoo, J. H., & Strong, J. Z. (2019). An exploration of text difficulty and knowledge support on adolescents’ comprehension. Reading Research Quarterly, 54(4), 457– 479. https://doi.org/10.1002/rrq.247
Recent Presentations:
Conferences:
  • Pasquarella, A., Strong, J. Z., Coker, D., & Walpole, S. (2020, July). Reading and writing across elementary school: How the development of reading fluency and comprehension predicts writing. Paper to be presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading 27th Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, CA (Conference canceled).;
  • Strong, J. Z. (2020, July). Investigating the reliability and validity of a measure of text structure awareness in grades 4-5. Poster session to be presented at the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading 27th Annual Meeting, Newport Beach, CA (Conference canceled).;
  • Strong, J. Z. (2020, October). Effects and social validity of a text structure intervention for reading and writing in grades 4-5. Poster session to be presented at the International Literacy Association 2020 Conference, Columbus, OH (Conference canceled).;
  • Strong, J. Z., & Hiebert, E. H. (2020, December). The endpoint of the staircase of text complexity: Revisiting text complexity at the secondary level. In L. Tortorelli (Chair), Unforeseen ripples of text complexity and CCSS: Issues of theory, practice, and programs. Symposium conducted at the Literacy Research Association 70th Annual Conference (Virtual conference).;
  • Vitale, M. N., Strong, J. Z., & Walpole, S. (2021, April). Investigating self- and collective efficacy beliefs of elementary school teachers. Paper to be presented at the 2021 American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Virtual conference).;
Recent Grants:
Grant:
  • Investigating the impact and recovery from COVID-19 on reading achievement in urban elementary schools; Local; Graduate School of Education Seed Grant: Reimagining Equity and Excellence in the Post-COVID-19 World; Awarded; (09/01/2021-05/31/2022)
  • Personalized Text Simplification (PeTeS) to Support Students Reading Below Grade Level: Phase I Educational Research Idea Development and In-school Feasibility Testing; Local; University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education Maximizing External Grant Application Success (MEGAS) program; Awarded; (08/01/2019-08/01/2020)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Review Board, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy; The Reading Teacher
    01/31/2021-12/31/2022
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy; Journal of Literacy Research; Reading Research Quarterly; The Reading Teacher
    01/01/2020-12/31/2021
Professional Service:
  • New York State Reading Association Goal Area Chair for Professional Development
    07/01/2021-06/30/2023
  • Literacy Research Association Area Co-Chair in Public Engagement and Policy in Literacy
    12/31/2020-12/31/2023
  • Niagara Frontier Reading Council Board Member
    01/01/2020-12/31/2021

Contact Information

571 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: (716) 645-4044
jstrong3@buffalo.edu

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