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Julie Gray

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Education and Human Development
Department: School of Education and Human Development
Office location and address
UVA Richmond Center
Richmond, Virginia 23218
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2011
M.Ed., Kent State University, 1990
B.A., College of William and Mary, 1988
I work with educators and administrators in the Central Virginia region, bringing professional development opportunities to practitioners in the field through teaching graduate literacy education courses, consulting with school districts to support literacy initiatives, and partnering with schools and communities to improve literacy in our region through literacy program audits, tutoring programs, and ongoing professional development.  In the summer, I supervise a reading clinic that serves our region by providing tutoring services for at-risk students.  I am involved in our local reading council and serve on the board of the Virginia State Reading Association.  I enjoy connecting with our community through social media outlets, including Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
EDIS 5270: Teaching Reading Writing to ELLs
Credits: 3
This online course is designed for educators of children who are learning English as a second language. Theory is grounded in researched practices for teaching reading with an understanding of the challenges facing non-English native speakers.
EDIS 5730: Diagnosis and Remediation I: Grades PreK-2
Credits: 3
This course is an introduction to both formative and diagnostic literacy assessments used in the preschool through primary grades (emergent and beginning stage readers). Clinical and classroom diagnostic methods along with related instructional implications are explored.
EDIS 5740: Diagnostic & Remediation II: Meaning Based Assessment & Intervention
Credits: 3
The course begins with an overview of models of reading comprehension and research evidence that describes key influences on reading comprehension (e.g., oral language, decoding/fluency, vocabulary, text structure, and engagement/motivation). It then introduces assessments used to assess language and reading comprehension. Finally, the course provides opportunities to reflect and discuss interventions targeting reading comprehension.
EDIS 7310: Children's Literature
Credits: 3
This course focuses on the many genres of children's literature created for the PreK-6th grade child and the place of literature in the language arts program. Students learn to assess literacy quality; they also learn a range of instructional techniques designed to support a literature curriculum.
EDIS 7700: Foundations of Reading Instruction
Credits: 3
The theoretical foundations of reading development are the focus of this survey course. Topics covered include: children's basic language development as a precursor to reading and as a medium for instruction, and how stage theories of reading development can inform instruction across a spectrum of readers from emergent to advanced.
EDIS 7710: Reading in the Content Areas
Credits: 3
Familiarizes teachers with literacy instruction linked to content subjects, with an emphasis on how teachers in the upper elem., middle, & secondary grades can facilitate comprehension of nonfiction sources. Topics include practical assessments, evidence-based instruction in technical vocabulary & comprehension, affective and multicultural issues, writing in content areas, & technology.
EDIS 7720: Word Study: Language, Structures, and Phonics
Credits: 3
Focuses on the theory and research underlying the acquisition of orthographic knowledge. Explores the increasingly inextricable relationship between orthography and phonology, and the language structures inherent in morphological aspects of English spelling. Building on the history of English spelling, the course touches on cross-linguistic issues related to different orthographies
EDIS 7730: Practicum in Reading Diagnosis
Credits: 3
Introduction to basic and advanced testing procedures used to diagnose reading difficulties of elementary and secondary students and adults. Examines clinical and classroom diagnostic methods, explores theoretical foundations for these practices, and discusses practical applications to the classroom. Corequisite: EDIS 7740.
EDIS 7740: Practicum in Remedial Reading
Credits: 3
Acquaints students with a variety of techniques to support and instruct remedial readers. These techniques address reading, writing, comprehension, and word study across the developmental stages. As a practicum, this class entails teaching either in the McGuffey Reading Clinic under close supervision. Emphasizes appropriate and practical techniques that will meet the needs of specific individuals with specific reading problems. Corequisite: EDIS 7730
EDIS 7751: Literacy Leadership and Coaching
Credits: 3
Literacy Leadership and Coaching is the capstone course for the Reading Masters program. The course has two primary goals: 1) Examine the leadership role of the literacy specialist/coach and 2) Learn how to evaluate the reading program (school level/district level) and implement change. Both of these goals will be met by examining central issues related to literacy instruction, assessment, and leadership.