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Beth Lehman is an Assistant Professor of Teacher Education. She earned her PhD in Literacy, Culture and Language Education at Indiana University, an MA in English Education at Indiana University, and an MA in English at Butler University. Beth’s past work in education includes teaching middle school language arts, middle school literacy coaching, consulting in the teaching of writing, and working within urban high school reform as a teaching and learning coach. Participation in the Hoosier Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, deeply influenced Beth’s professional concerns. Additionally, Beth’s work with equity-focused urban school reform impacts her educational priorities. Beth’s research and teaching interests include: the teaching of writing and critical literacy, the development of teacher identities and teacher discourses, and the roles of narrative in school reform and educational research. Beth enjoys teaching, learning and researching within and across educational settings as a means for building partnerships, exploring multiple meanings, and seeking equity and inclusion within richly diverse learning communities.
- Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy and Language Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2011)
- M.S. in English Education from Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2004)
- M.A. in English from Butler University, Indianapolis, IN (2001)
- B.A. in English Education and Minor in Peace Studies from Goshen College, Goshen, IN (1991)
- Lehman, B. (June 6, 2014). Testing-The Kids are Not Alright. Richmond Times Dispatch .
- Lehman, B, & Berghoff, B. (2013). Small School Reform Narratives. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research. 8 (13-26).
- Lehman, B. (2012). Susanna’s Bicycle. Online Journal: Center for Mennonite Writing . http://mennonitewriting.org/
- Lehman, B. (2004). Writing Partners: A Collaborative Teacher Research Project. Linking: The Newsletter of the Indiana Staff Development Council . ISDC: Bloomington, Indiana.
- Harste, J., Ariogul, S., Sanner, D., East, D., Enyeart, J. A., Lehman, B., Reeves, G. S. (2003). New Times: First-Person Shooter Games Go to College. 52nd Yearbook of the National Reading Conference . NRC, Inc: Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts
- Lehman, B. (2014). How to Tell a True Reform Story: Using English Language Arts Strategies and Narrative Research Methodologies to Retell School Change. Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Washington DC.
- Lehman, B. & Bender, M. (2014). Factual, Imaginative, Emotional: Engaging Writers through Multi-genre Research Projects. Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English, Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Evans, K. & Lehman, B. (2014, March). Preparing Teacher Candidates to be Advocates for Educational Justice. AILACTE Annual Meeting and Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Lehman, B., Ehlers, N., & Zahner, M. (2013, November). Writing possible selves: A collaborative partnership between linguistically diverse 8th graders and pre-service teachers. Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Boston, Massachusettes.
- Lehman, B., Erb, B., & Heavner, L. (2013, October). Artifactual literacies: Using objects and artifacts to deepen engagement with literature and writing. Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English, Williamsburg, Virginia.
- Lehman, B. (2013, February). Transformation, Adaptation and Rhizomatic Wanderings: Examining School Reform Narratives beyond Success or Failure. 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- Lehman, B. & Zahner, M. (2012, October). Writing Possible Selves: The Benefits of a Collaborative Writing Partnership between Linguistically Diverse Middle School Students and Pre-service Teachers. Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of English Teachers, Richmond, Virginia.
- Lehman, B. (2011, October). “Too good to be true or is it hope?”: Exploring critical hope and false hope in school reform narratives. Bergamo Conference of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Dayton, Ohio.
- Adams, S., and Lehman, B. (2010, October). (Re)Membering what never was: Indulging our nostalgia for a school reform that almost happened. Bergamo Conference of the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Dayton, Ohio.
- Bleicher, Connie., Fox, S., Lehman, B. (2009, October). Rigor: the fourth ‘R’. Indiana Teachers of Writing Fall Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Lehman, B., and Kohne, S. (2006, April). Writing partners. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
- Lehman, B., Hoffman, K., Lawson, D., and Akers, J. (2005, October). Complicating literacy. Indiana Teachers of Writing Fall Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Lehman, B., and Kohne, S. (2004, November). Writing partners. National Council of Teachers of English, Indianapolis, IN
- Lehman, B., and Kohne, S. (2004, October). Writing partners. Indiana Teachers of Writing Fall Conference, Bloomington, Indiana.
- Lehman, B., Enyeart, J., Reeves, G. (2004, February). Literacies of first person shooter games: Literacy educators explore possibilities in the computer game genre. National Council of Teachers of Education Assembly on Research, Berkeley, California.
Honors, Awards and Grants
- Association of Teacher Educators-Virginia (ATE-VA) School/University Partnership Award (2015)
- Research Release and Mini-Grant: Writing Partners (EMU, Fall 2013)
- Nomination for School of Education Outstanding Dissertation of the Year (Indiana University College of Education, Fall 2011)
- Summer Teaching Grant for Course Expansion and Redesign (EMU, Spring 2012)
Certifications and Licenses
- Indiana State Teaching License, English Language Arts 5-12
- National Council of Teachers of English
- International Literacy Association
- Virginia Association of Teachers of English
- Virginia Conference on English Education
- National Association of Multicultural Education
Professional Conferences Attended
- 34th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum (Philadelphia, PA, February 22-23, 2013)
- Knowing, Nurturing and Educating Students as Diverse Learners: Annual Conference of the Virginia Association of Teachers of English (Richmond, VA October 26-27, 2012)
- Developing Global Citizens in Schools, Higher Education and the Community: 5th International Conference on Conflict Resolution Education (Cleveland, March 16-17, 2012)
New Courses Taught
- Action Research in Educational Setting (MA)
- Adolescent/Young Adult Literature
- Special Methods: English
- Examining Foundations of Education
- Reading and Writing Across the Curriculum
- Content Area Reading and Writing
- Middle School Curriculum and Organization
- Writing/Reading Strategies for the Collaborative Classroom (MA)
- Washington Community Scholars Center Advisory Board
- MLK Day Planning Committee
- Committee on Teacher Education (COTE)
- Graduate Education and Action Research Committee (GEAR)
- Faculty Sponsor of the Student Education Association
- Professional Development Workshop for Faculty: Engaging Classroom Behavior: Total Participation Strategies (January 26, 2015)
- Professional Development Workshop for Faculty: Supporting Students a Engaged Readers (March 24, 2014)
- Facilitation of a “Success Seminar” Luncheon on reading strategies for UG students (March 2014)
- Common Reads Luncheon Presentation on Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (October 8, 2013)
- Education Department TGIW Session: What is it to teach boldly? (2013)