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Washington State University

Deanna Day

Deanna Day

Associate Professor
College of Education
Vancouver campus
VUB 340
Vancouver, WA  98686


Curriculum Vitae


Course ID Title Meeting Time Location Semester Syllabus
T&L 307 Survey of Children’s Literature
T&L 546 Teaching Writing K-12
MIT 506 Integrating Technology in the Curriculum
T&L 544 Teaching Children’s and Adolescent Literature
T&L 558 Improving Comprehension Through Literature

Research interests

Deanna Day’s research interests include children’s literature, reader response theory, reading and writing workshop and digital literacy.

She currently is finishing a research project on writing instruction in a kindergarten classroom where five and six-year-olds published picture books using iPads.

She is the 2016 Bonnie Campbell Hill National Literacy Leader. Deanna is helping a group of classroom teachers critically analyze 2017 picture books and participate in a mock Caldecott.

Deanna is coeditor of the book Teaching Globally: Reading the World Through Literature. For more information visit:

Teaching interests

Deanna believes in innovative teaching for 21st century learners. She has moved away from text based learning to using visuals, audio, media, technology and more. She uses many online platforms besides course management tools such as Voice Thread, Good Reads, blogs, etc. In reaching out and connecting to students she organizes her literacy/technology courses so that students see, hear and interact with her. Through technology learning can come alive.

She is passionate about helping classroom teachers grow in their literacy and/or technology pedagogy. She believes reading specialists and literacy coaches are an integral part of elementary and middle schools. Deanna teaches in the online reading endorsement program to help classroom teachers become leaders in their schools.

In all of her preservice courses she sets up partnerships with local elementary schools where students work in a classroom throughout the semester. For example in the MIT technology course students practice using iPad apps to to teach writing to fourth grade students. This hands-on experience gives the preservice teachers technology practice. The children gain a college advocate who helps them grow as a writer.

In the BA children’s literature course the preservice teachers read aloud culturally relevant picture books to elementary children and encourage them to talk about the many social problems in our world such as racism and poverty.