Holly K. Craig

Professor Emerita, School of Education; Emerita Research Professor, University of Michigan

Holly  K. Craig, School of Education

Holly Craig is a professor emerita of education and research professor emerita at the University of Michigan. Her 35-year program of teaching and research has focused on improving understanding of the barriers diverse students face in reaching their academic potential. She has published more than 70 journal articles and book chapters, presented more than 100 conference papers, co-authored a book, and recently authored another book. Her research currently focuses on African American students and their teachers, especially the impact of being a dialect speaker in today’s standardized testing approach to assessing academic achievement. At this time her work is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, and a private foundation. Craig received her PhD from the University of Michigan, her master's degree from Northwestern University, and is a fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.


Selected Publications

Craig, H. K. (2016). African American English and the Achievement Gap. New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Craig, H. K. (2015). "African American English and its links to achievement." In Pollatsek, A. & Treiman, R. (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Reading (pp. 431–446). New York: Oxford University Press.

Craig, H. K. (2014). Toggle Talk®. Sun Prairie, WI: Ventris Learning.

Craig, H.K., Kolenic, G. E., & Hensel, S.L. (2014). "African American English speaking students: A longitudinal examination of style shifting from kindergarten through second grade." Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 143–157 .

Craig, H. K., & Grogger, J. T. (2012 ). "Influences of social and style variables on adult usage of African American English features." Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 55, 1274–1288

Craig, H. K., Zhang, L., Hensel, S. L., & Quinn, E. J. (2009). "African American English speaking students: An examination of the relationship between dialect shifting and reading outcomes." Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 52, 839–855.

Craig, H. K. (2008). "Effective language instruction for African American children." In S. B. Neuman (Ed.), Educating the other America: Top experts tackle poverty, literacy, and achievement in our schools (pp. 163–185). Baltimore: Brookes.

Craig, H. K., & Washington, J. A. (2006). Malik goes to school: Examining the language skills of African American students from preschool-5th grade. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Connor, C. M., & Craig, H. K. (2006). "African American Preschoolers’ language, emergent literacy skills, and use of African American English: A complex relation." Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 49, 771–792.

Connor, C. M., Craig, H. K., Raudenbush, S. W., Heavner, K., & Zwolan, T. A. (2006). "The age at which young deaf children receive cochlear implants and their vocabulary and speech-production growth: Is there an added value for early implantation?" Ear & Hearing, 27, 628–644.

Thomas-Tate, S. R., Washington, J. A., Craig, H. K., & Packard, M. E. W. (2006). "Performance of African American preschool and kindergarten students on the Expressive Vocabulary Test." Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 37, 143–149.

Craig, H. K., & Telfer, A. S. (2005). "Hyperlexia and autism spectrum disorder: A case study of scaffolding language growth over time." Topics in Language Disorders, 25, 364-374.

Craig, H. K., Washington, J. A., & Thompson, C. A. (2005). "Oral language expectations for African American children in Grades 1 through 5." American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 14, 119-130.

Craig, H. K., & Washington, J. A. (2005). "Recent research on the language and literacy skills of African American students in the elementary grades." In D. K. Dickinson & S. B. Neuman (Eds.), Handbook of early literacy research, Vol. 2 (pp. 198–210). New York: Guilford Press.


Research Affiliations


1/1/2015 - 12/31/2017 Increasing Evidence Supporting ToggleTalk: The Michigan Connection
Granting Agency: Anonymous Michigan Donor

Courses & Syllabi

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