Kathryn Button is an Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Texas Tech University where she teaches courses in Children’s Literature, Writing Acquisition, and Early Literacy. She serves as a Professional Development Facilitator for TechTeach, the teacher education program at Texas Tech University, and is the curator for the Sitton-Burkhart Reading Collection, housed in the College of Education. She was elected to the Texas Tech University Teaching Academy, where she serves on the Executive Council. Her teaching career with the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) took her to Germany and Okinawa for eleven years as a primary teacher and as a reading specialist. She was a National Writing Project trainer for DoDDS in Germany and trained as a Reading Recovery® teacher at The Ohio State University. For seven years Dr. Button served as Director of the Texas Tech University training site for the Literacy Collaborative®. She has chaired the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)/Children’s Literature Assembly Master Class, serves on the NCTE/CLA Board and is currently serving a three-year term on the NCTE Excellence in Poetry Committee. Dr. Button’s research has been published in The Reading Teacher, National Reading Conference Yearbook, Journal of Teacher Education, English Education and the Journal of Children’s Literature.
Ph. D. in Language, Children’s Literature, and Reading Education. The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
M. A. in Curriculum and Instruction. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
B. S. in Elementary Education, Ashland University, Ashland, OH.
Areas of Expertise
- Children’s Literature
- Early Literacy
- Writing Acquisition
Bandre, P. & Button, K. (2011). Picturebook design: Art, words, topography…everything matters. Journal of Children’s Literature, 37, 54-59.
Button, K. & Bandre, P. (2010). From picture to panel: 2009 master class on multimodal children’s literature. Journal of Children’s Literature, 36, 9-11.
Akrofi, A.K., Janisch, C., Button, K., & Liu, X.(2010). Catch a Star Book!: Responses of 5th Grade Students to Celebrity-Authored Children's Literature. Literacy Research and Instruction. 49, 142-161.
Hamman, D., Button, K., Olivarez, Jr., A., Lesley, M., Chan, Y., Griffith, R., & Woods, K. (2006). Do cooperating teachers influence student teachers’ reading instruction? Literacy Teaching and Learning: An International Journal of Early Reading and Writing, 10(2), 77-94.
Johnson, M. J. & Button, K. (2000). Connecting graduate education in language arts with teaching contexts: The power of action research. English Education, 32, 107-126.
Button, K. (1998). Linking social studies and literacy development through the use of children’s books. Social Studies and the Young Learner, 10(4), 23-25.
Johnson, M. J. & Button, K. (1998). Action research paves the way for continuous improvement. Journal of Staff Development, 19, 48-51.
Button, K., Johnson, M. J., & Furgerson, P. (1996). Interactive writing in a primary classroom. The Reading Teacher, 49, 446-454.
Textbox: December 7, 2012
Educator Appointed to NCTE Committee
Kathryn Button was recently appointed to serve as a member of the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children Selection Committee for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). Her three-year term will begin now and end after the 2015 Annual Convention scheduled for November 19-24, in Minneapolis.
The task of this group is to recommend on a regular basis every two years a living American poet to the NCTE Executive Committee for the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Childrenin recognition of his or her aggregate work; to sustain the collection of poetry books of award winners, past and future, in the University of Minnesota, Kerlan Collection; to recognize and foster excellence in children's poetry by encouraging its publication; and to explore ways to acquaint teachers and children with poetry through such means as publications, programs, and displays.
The National Council of Teachers of English, with 35,000 individual and institutional members worldwide, is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. For more information, please visit www.ncte.org.