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Dr. Betty Roe Scholarship

Dr. Betty D. Roe was a Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Tennessee Technological University from 1970-2005. She developed curricula and taught courses in the area of reading and language arts education during this time. She served on numerous university committees.  For example, she chaired the committee that developed the College of Education’s Doctorate in Exceptional Learning, and directed that program for its first three years while also teaching doctoral classes and directing dissertations in literacy.  A valuable resource to area schools, she worked to sharpen teachers’ skills through in-service education in the field of literacy. She was a member of the Right to Read program committee and of the task force that developed language arts standards for the state of Tennessee.
While at Tennessee Tech, she started a council of the International Reading Association to serve 14 counties in the Upper Cumberland area. She served as its first president, and continued on its Board of Directors as an advisor for many years. She has been president of the Tennessee Reading Association (TRA), as well as the editor of the Tennessee Reading Teacher and the TRA Newsletter. She served on the TRA Board of Directors from1970 to 2015. She is also active in the International Literacy Association (ILA), formerly the International Reading Association (IRA). She has chaired two IRA special interest groups related to literacy and served on a number of IRA committees. She has been the emcee of the IRA Informal Storytelling Gathering at the IRA Annual Convention for the last 15 years. She served on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Mountain Writers for 18 years.
Dr. Roe is a frequent speaker at professional meetings across the country, including ILA, TRA, TTU-IRA, NCTE, TMW, and several state affiliates of ILA. She is also a prolific writer of college textbooks in the field of reading and language arts, with 54 books that she has authored or co-authored. In 2013, Teaching Reading in Today’s Elementary Schools, which was the number one book in the field for many years, published its 11th edition, as did Secondary Literacy Instruction: The Content Areas. Other books include An Introduction to Teaching the Language Arts, Integrating Language Arts Through Literature & Thematic Units, Teaching Reading in Today's Middle Schools, Reading Activities for Today's Elementary Schools, Developing Power in Reading (for College Reading Improvement), Teaching Through Stories: Yours, Mine, and Theirs, Word Recognition and Meaning Vocabulary, Technology for Literacy Learning, Student Teaching and Field Experiences Handbook, Burns/Roe Informal Reading Inventory, and A Performance-Based Guide to Student Teaching.
Since her retirement in 2005, she has continued her presentations on use of storytelling as a vehicle to teach concepts across the curriculum, especially in the area of literacy, but also in social studies, science, and mathematics education. She and her husband do storytelling presentations under the name Edu-Tellers. Many of the stories that they tell are ones that they write from history. They also conduct storytelling workshops.
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