Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

E. Wendy Saul serves as the Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor of Education and International Studies in Collaboration with Springboard to Learning. As an UMSL faculty member she teaches graduate courses in teacher research and literacy. To support Springboard she works with the organization's artists and subject specialists as well as the Board of Directors to support curricular innovation and to foster staff development. Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Saul was a Professor of Education at UMBC (the University of Maryland Baltimore County). Years ago she taught Jr. High school on New York City's Lower East Side and worked as Education Director for the Grand Street Settlement House.

For the past 20 years Dr. Saul has served as PI for various NSF grants that explore the relationship between science and literacy. Her newest grant is entitled "Science Literacy through Science Journalism" (in collaboration with UMSL learning sciences scholar Joseph Polman, science journalist Alan Newman and HS. teacher Cathy Farrar). The goal of the project is to explore if and how the teaching of science journalism using an apprenticeship model, relevant and reliable data sources and science-specific writing standards, improves high school students' science-related public literacy. Students in the project function as reporters in a newsroom--"pitching", researching, writing and publishing original news stories. A second group of students, based at the Saint Louis Science Center, under the "Youth Exploring Science" program, will serve as editors, providing feedback on the content and accepting articles for publication in online and in print venues.

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E. Wendy Saul serves as the Allen B. and Helen S. Shopmaker Endowed Professor of Education and International Studies in Collaboration with Springboard to Learning. As an UMSL faculty member she teaches graduate courses in teacher research and literacy. To support Springboard she works with the organization's artists and subject specialists as well as the Board of Directors to support curricular innovation and to foster staff development. Before coming to UMSL, Dr. Saul was a Professor of Education at UMBC (the University of Maryland Baltimore County). Years ago she taught Jr. High school on New York City's Lower East Side and worked as Education Director for the Grand Street Settlement House.

For the past 20 years Dr. Saul has served as PI for various NSF grants that explore the relationship between science and literacy. Her newest grant is entitled "Science Literacy through Science Journalism" (in collaboration with UMSL learning sciences scholar Joseph Polman, science journalist Alan Newman and HS. teacher Cathy Farrar). The goal of the project is to explore if and how the teaching of science journalism using an apprenticeship model, relevant and reliable data sources and science-specific writing standards, improves high school students' science-related public literacy. Students in the project function as reporters in a newsroom--"pitching", researching,
writing and publishing original news stories. A second group of students, based at the Saint Louis Science Center, under the "Youth Exploring Science" program, will serve as editors, providing feedback on the content and accepting articles for publication in online and in print venues. For more information see: http://www.scijourn.org

Saul has also been active in work with educators outside of the US. In 1997 she began teaching in the Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking (RWCT) Project sponsored by the International Reading Association's and the Open Society Institute, working with teachers in Eastern and Central Europe and Central Asia. Presently she serves as a Director of Critical Thinking International, and in collaboration with CODE supports local writers, teachers and publishers in Liberia and Sierra Leone with as they seek to create and make available an indigenous literature for the school children in their countries. Saul founded and for many years served as the editor of "Thinking Classroom: An International Journal of Reading, Writing and Critical Reflection." For this work and for her efforts in Kosovo as well as the Baltimore area, Wendy Saul received the University of Maryland Regents' Award for Public Service. At present serves as Vice President of the International Book Bank.

Dr. Saul's science-related publications include books and articles for teachers including Science Workshop: Learning to Read, Write and Think Like a Scientist (Heinemann 2003) and Beyond the Science Kit: Inquiry in Action" (Heinemann 1996). Her edited volume Crossing Borders in Literacy and Science Instruction: Perspectives on Theory and Practice (2004) was co-published by the International Reading Association and the National Science Teachers Association and her review article "Theory and Research Into Practice: Choosing and Using Information Trade Books" (with Donna Dieckman) (Reading Research Quarterly 2005, Vol 40, no. 4) provides a useful overview of the field. She is also responsible for the website SearchIt: Science, an on-line readers' advisory available through Heinemann. Saul currently and as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Children's Book Award Committee. She is especially excited about a new project, unburying the highly innovative and thought-provoking curriculum, Man: A Course of Study (MACOS) and making it available online. For her work "bringing science to children, their parents, teachers and librarians" she has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Wendy Saul received her BA from Knox College, her Masters from the University of Chicago and her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background in critical literacy and the history of reading and writing is at the heart of all she undertakes.