Dr. Amy Crosson
University Park, PA 16802
DepartmentCurriculum and Instruction
ProgramsCurriculum and Instruction: English Language Arts Education
Curriculum and Instruction: Language, Culture and Society
English as a Second Language
Other Penn State AffiliationsCenter for Educational Disparities Research
Amy Crosson holds an Ed.D. in language and literacy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where her dissertation was funded by an Adolescent Literacy Fellowship from the National Academy Education. Crosson’s research focuses on classroom-based interventions to support the academic language development of elementary and middle school students in urban schools, with special attention to academic vocabulary, discussion quality, and argument writing. In particular, she focuses on the language and literacy development of English Language Learners. Crosson is currently studying how students’ source language resources can be leveraged to promote academic language and literacy in English.
Areas of Expertise
- PI. Returning to Our Roots: Development of a Morphology Intervention to Bolster Academic Vocabulary Knowledge for Adolescent English Learners. Co-PI: Margaret McKeown. Institute for Education Sciences Goal Two Award.
- PI. For Argument’s Sake: Applying Questioning the Author Techniques to Support Comprehension and Composition of Written Arguments. Co-PIs: Margaret McKeown, Lindsay Clare Matsumura, and Richard Correnti. Institute for Education Sciences Goal Two Award.
- PI. Contributions of Lexical Morphology to English Learners’ Academic Vocabulary Learning. Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. Spencer Foundation Small Grant.
- Co-PI. Investigating Adolescent English Learners’ Interactions with Academic Language. Learning Research and Development Center. PI: Margaret McKeown. Learning Research and Development Center Internal Grant.
- PI. Pinpointing the challenging aspects of academic language. National Academy of Education Predoctoral Adolescent Literacy Fellowship.