Immigrant children's literacy

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National expert to discuss longitudinal study April 8
portrait of Catherin Compton-Lilly
Catherine Compton-Lilly

A literacy expert will describe her research on reading and immigrant children at the University of Iowa College of Education Monday, April 8.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 2:30 p.m. in Jones Commons, Room N300 Lindquist Center.

Catherine Compton-Lilly is an associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Compton-Lilly’s UI talk, “Reading Capital in Two Immigrant Families: Longitudinal Case Studies,” will describe her current work in which she and a team of graduate students follow 15 children from immigrant families from primary school through high school.

Compton-Lilly teaches courses in literacy studies. Among the books she has edited or authored are: Reading Families: The Literate Lives of Urban Children, Rereading Families, and Reading Time: The Literate Lives of Urban Secondary Students and Their Families. In these books she describes her experiences following eight of her former first-grade students through middle school. She is currently writing about the high-school experiences of these same students.

Compton-Lilly’s talk is sponsored in part by the Pelley Education Support Fund.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. For more information or an accommodation to attend this talk, call Cristina Cardenas at 319-335-6111 or email


Renita Schmidt, Education--Teaching and Learning, 319-335-5589


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