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Arkansas State University


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Dr. LaToshia Woods, Assistant Professor

"I want students to learn to be literacy decision-makers. I believe that individuals should reflect on and refine their own practices as they gain knowledge."

Degrees Held:

  • Ph.D. in Reading — University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2014
  • MSE in Reading — Arkansas State University, 2002
  • BSE in Elementary Education — Arkansas State University, 2000

Career Highlights:

My career highlight was when I began to try out the literacy strategies that I had been teaching for years with my own sons, who have very different personalities and interests. My teaching practices and thoughts about literacy have evolved as a result of my day-to-day home literacy experiences with my own children.

  • ​In which online degree programs do you teach?

    MSE in Reading

  • Which classes do you teach online?

    Emergent Literacy, Principles of Literacy Cognition, and Practicum I

  • What do you want students to learn in your classes?

    I want students to learn to be literacy decision-makers. I believe that individuals should reflect on and refine their own practices as they gain knowledge. As literacy decision-makers, I want my students to be able to know why they participate in particular literacy practices and know why they work in order to teach literacy effectively.

  • When did you start teaching?

    In 2000, I began teaching 5th grade at a public school district in Arkansas.

  • ​What's the best advice that you ever received?

    Stay humble. Pride comes before a fall.

  • What advice would you give to those considering this program?

    I believe that learning more about literacy can improve the classroom practices of teachers from diverse content areas, so I would recommend that an individual decide what he/she wants out of a degree in reading because it can have a widespread impact on one's career in the education field.

  • What qualities make someone particularly successful in this degree program?

    I think that reflective and critical thinking are necessary skills for this type of degree program. Again, the goal is to develop education professionals who can become effective literacy decision-makers.

  • What do you think is the biggest challenge that teachers face today?

    I think many educators are faced with mandates, and although one may not feel right about a mandate or a newly prescribed program, he/she may not have the necessary tools to offer alternative suggestions, in particular better education practices.

  • What is the one book you think everyone should read?

    "For Every Child: The Rights of the Child in Words and Pictures"

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