RE: [xmca] G. Michael Pressley

From: Peg Griffin (
Date: Mon Jun 12 2006 - 12:49:05 PDT

Thank you for bringing the loss of Michael Pressley's to the attention of
the xmca list.

We can all appreciate the depth and quality he has contributed to studies of
learning to read and reading pedagogy.

Even more important, in my view, is that he spoke truth to power not just in
places and publications frequented by like-minded researchers but in venues
that policy and funding people rely on.
He even railed against praise for his own work when the praise was not
founded on intelligent understanding of it and good will for children and

So, thanks Michael Pressley and thanks for posting the word, DK.

Peg Griffin

LCHC and UCSD Communication
(858) 822-4314

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

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>From Education Week, Wednesday, June 7, 2006, Volume 25, Issue 39, p. 6.
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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