BiographyRichard Beach is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at the University of Minnesota. He is author or co-author of 22 books, including Understanding and Creating Digital Texts: An Activity-Based Approach (http://digitalwriting.pbworks.com), Using Apps for Learning Across the Curriculum: A Literacy-Based Framework and Guide (http://usingipads.pbworks.com) Teaching to Exceed the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards (http://englishccss.pbworks.com); Identity-Focused ELA Teaching: A Curriculum Framework for Diverse Learners and Contexts (http://identities.pbworks.com), Literacy Tools in the Classroom: Teaching Through Critical Inquiry, Grades 5-12 (http://literacytooluses.pbworks.com); and Teaching Literature to Adolescents (http://teachingliterature.pbworks.com); and Teachingmedialiteracy.com: A Web-based Guide to Links and Activities (http://www.teachingmedialiteracy.com; http://teachingmedialiteracy.pbworks.com); High School Students’ Competing Social Worlds: Negotiating Identities and Allegiances through Responding to Multicultural Literature; and A Teacher’s Introduction to Reader Response Theories.
He has published chapters in The Handbook of Adolescent Literacies; Handbook of Research on New Media Literacies; Perspectives on Research and Practice in Integrating Arts, Multimodality, and New Literacies into English Language Arts Classes; and Secondary School Reading and Writing. He was also the organizing editor for the annual Annotated Bibliography of Research for Research in the Teaching of English from 2003 to 2012.
He was a member of the NCTE Commission on Media, a former President of the National Conference on Research in Language, Chair of NCTE Research Foundation, and was a former President of the Literacy Research Association.
He received the 2009 Computers in Reading Research Award from The Technology in Literacy Education Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association. He also received the 2011 Educational Leadership Award from the College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
My research focuses students responses to literature, composing/revision process, use of digital tools for online argumentative writing, and students' identity construction. I focus on methods of teaching secondary English language arts with a particular emphasis on teaching literature, media literacy, and uses of digital tools.
I have a strong interest in teacher professional development.