Susan B. Neuman


Susan B. Neuman, School of Education

Susan Neuman specializes in early literacy development. She served from as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education from 2001-2003. Previously, she directed the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement (CIERA). Her research and teaching interests include early childhood policy, curriculum, and early reading instruction, prek-grade 3. In her role as assistant secretary, she established the Reading First program, the Early Reading First program, and was responsible for all activities in Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act.

She recently received an honorary doctorate from the California State University, Hayward, where she also conducted her master’s work in reading and curriculum. She received her doctorate at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California in 1977, and her BA at American University. Prior to coming to Michigan, she was a professor at Temple University, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Eastern Connecticut State University.

Her  books include Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators (Brooks, 2010) and Changing the Odds: Overcoming Disadvantage for Our Most At-Risk Children (Teachers College Press, 2009); and Nurturing Knowledge with Kathy Roskos (Scholastic, 2007).  She is the co-author of a curriculum program in early literacy, Building Language for literacy (Scholastic, 2000), with Catherine Snow, and the author of books that include: Access for All: Closing the Book Gap for Children In Early Education (2001), Handbook on Early Literacy Research (2001), the Handbook of Early Literacy Research (volumes I, II, III)  (2006);Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practice (NAEYC, 2000), Children Achieving: Best Practices in Early Literacy (1998, International Reading Association), Single-subject experimental design: Applications for Literacy(1995), Literacy in the Television Age (Ablex, 1995), and Language and Literacy in Early Childhood (Harcourt Brace, 1993).

Neuman teaches courses in the following program(s):
Literacy, Language, and Culture
Teaching and Learning
Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Literacy, Language, and Culture Teaching and LearningEducational Assessment and Evaluation program


Selected Publications

Neuman, S.B., Koh, S., & Dwyer, J. (2008).  CHELLO:  The child/home environmental language and literacy observation.  Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 159-172.

Neuman, S.B.  (2008).  Changing the odds for children at risk.  Educational Leadership, 1-6.

Neuman, S.B. & Dwyer, J. (2009).  Missing in action:  Vocabulary instruction in pre-K.  Reading Teacher, 62, 384-392.

Wright, T. & Neuman, S.B. (2009).  Purposeful, playful pre-k:  Building on children’s natural proclivity to learn language, literacy, math and science.  American Educator, spring, 38-48.

Neuman, S.B. & Cunningham, L. (2009).  The impact of a practice-based approach to professional development:  Coaching makes a difference, American Educational Research Journal.

Koh, S. & Neuman, S.B. (2009).  The impact of professional development on family child care, Early Education and Development (special issue on professional development).

Neuman, S.B. (2010).  Lessons from my mother:  Response to the National Early Literacy Panel.  Educational Researcher,39, 301-305.

Neuman, S.B. & Wright, T. (2010).  Promoting language and literacy development for early childhood educators: A mixed-methods study of coursework and coaching.  Elementary School Journal.

Marulis, L.M. & Neuman, S.B. (2010).  The effects of vocabulary training on word learning:  A meta-analysis, Review of Educational Research.

Neuman, S.B. & Dwyer, J. (in press). Developing Vocabulary and Conceptual Knowledge for Low-income Preschoolers:  A Design Experiment, Journal of Literacy Research.



Research Affiliations


10/1/2012 - ongoing Books Aloud! Improving Access to Literacy Through School Libraries
Granting Agency: Books for Kids / US Department of Education
6/15/2012 - 7/1/2013 Promoting Quality Content-Rich Instruction in Early Childhood
Granting Agency: Albert Shanker Institute
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013 Cognitively Challenging Child-Directed Language as a Mechanism for Literacy Development in Kindergarten
Granting Agency: Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences
2/3/2009 - 1/3/2012 The World of Words: An Embedded Multimedia Vocabulary Intervention for Economically Disadvantaged Pre-K Children
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences
2/9/2008 - 1/9/2010 Jump Start for Young Children
Granting Agency: unknown
9/15/2005 - 9/14/2010 Ready to Learn School Implementation Study
Granting Agency: Corporation for Public Broadcasting
2/1/2005 - 1/1/2007 Changing the Odds
Granting Agency: Spencer Foundation
10/4/2004 - 10/1/2006 Project Great Start
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education
2/10/2004 - 1/10/2006 Project Great Start Professional Development Initiative
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education
2/1/2003 - 1/1/2007 Improving Teacher Quality
Granting Agency: unknown
2/1/2003 - 1/1/2007 Building Language for Literacy and Core Knowledge to Promote School Reading
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education/Institute of Education Sciences

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Winter 2012 EDUC 704. Contemporary Perspectives on Literacy Research EDUC 704. Contemporary Issues in Literacy Research

Fall 2011 EDUC 500. Foundations of Literacy EDUC 500. Foundations of Literacy

Winter 2011 EDUC 516. Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education EDUC 516. Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education

Fall 2011 EDUC 490. Topics in Professional Education EDUC 490. Literacy Development and the Young Child

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