[xmca] G. Michael Pressley-Nat'l Reading Panel

From: David H Kirshner (dkirsh@lsu.edu)
Date: Sun Jun 11 2006 - 14:11:49 PDT

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>From Education Week, Wednesday, June 7, 2006, Volume 25, Issue 39, p. 6.
See http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2006/06/07/39obit.h25.html?qs=kathl
een+kennedy+manzo+obituary . NOTE: Emphasis, in red below, is added by JPB.

G. Michael Pressley

G. Michael Pressley, one of the nation's foremost reading researchers and a
prolific writer and speaker on the subject, died on May 26 from
complications of cancer. He was 55.

Mr. Pressley, a professor of education and psychology and the director of
the Literacy Achievement Research Center at Michigan State University in
East Lansing, was particularly known for his work in the area of
comprehension. He was known as well for his insistence on scientific rigor
in research and was an outspoken critic of state and federal reading
policies that he thought drew only selectively from the research
An author for the Open Court Reading series published by the McGraw-Hill
Cos., he objected to what he saw as the narrow research focus of the
influential National Reading Panel. Mr. Pressley, who was an adviser to
several states and districts in implementing the federal Reading First
program, also questioned some of the instructional approaches used in
schools receiving the grants.

Mr. Pressley published more than 350 articles, papers, and books. In March,
he was named editor of the journal Scientific Studies in Reading. He had
also served as editor of other publications, including the Journal of
Educational Psychology.

Kathleen Kennedy Manzo

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