Dr. DeAnna Laverick

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Department Chairperson

Contact Information:

Office: 305 Davis Hall
Phone: 724-357-2400
Email: D.M.Laverick@iup.edu

Academic Qualifications:

  • BS, Elementary Education, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • MEd, Reading, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • DEd, Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
  • Certifications: Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary Principal, Reading Specialist, and Elementary Education

Academic Interests:

  • Educational Leadership
  • Literacy
  • Children's Literature
  • Creativity
  • Qualitative Research Methods

Course Specialties

  • ECED 351 Literacy for the Emergent Reader PreK-Grade 1
  • ECED 425 Methods of Teaching and Assessing Language Arts
  • LTCY 607 Diverse Texts for Literacy Instruction
  • LTCY 648 Creativity and the Elementary School Child
  • LTCY 770 Seminar and Practicum for Reading Specialists
  • ALS 801 Leadership Theories
  • ALS 803 Leadership: Applied Practice
  • ALS 805 Curriculum Evaluation

Personal Narrative

DeAnna Laverick is a former elementary school teacher. Her experiences include teaching kindergarten and sixth grade, along with being a reading specialist in the elementary school grades. At IUP, Laverick primarily teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to literacy and administration and leadership studies.

Laverick has published a Springer Brief, Mentoring Processes in Higher Education. She has co-edited with Mary Jalongo Transitions to Early Care and Education: International Perspectives on Making Schools Ready for Young Children. She has written book chapters on topics that include literacy, technology in early childhood education, and creativity. Additionally, Laverick has published journal articles on topics that include children's transitions to new school experiences, using technology to promote literacy, artist residencies to support early childhood preservice teachers' knowledge of arts-based teaching, using children's literature to support children's transitions, and the impact of graduate coursework on a teachers' use of technology.

Laverick has made several conference presentations on topics that relate to early childhood education, creativity and arts-based teaching, technology in education, and literacy.