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Ellis, Aimee

Title/s:  Associate Professor

Specialty Area: Reading/Literacy Studies; Teacher Preparation

Office #:  Lewis Towers 1024B, WTC

Phone: 312.915.6679

Email: apapola@luc.edu

CV Link: /media/lucedu/education/faculty/cv/Ellis-CV-Fall18.pdf


  • PhD, University of Nevada Reno, Reno, NV

Program Areas

  • Teaching and Learning

Research Interests

  • Critical Literacy
  • Literacy instruction in diverse learning environments
  • Preservice and inservice teacher learning

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Illinois Reading Council (IRC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Literacy Research Association  (LRA)

Courses Taught

  • CIEP 206: Children’s Literature
  • TLSC 310: Language and Literacy for Diverse Students: Teaching and Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students
  • TLSC 320: Using Classroom Data in a Collaborative Environment to Advance Student Achievement
  • TLSC 330: Discipline-Specific Literacy for Diverse Students: Teaching and Assessing Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Selected Publications

  • Papola-Ellis, A. (in press). Text complexity: The importance of building the right staircase. Reading Horizons.
  • Papola-Ellis, A. (2014). Teaching under policy cascades: Common Core and literacy instruction. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 10 (1), 166-187. Available at http://jolle.coe.uga.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Teaching-Under-Policy-Cacades-Papola-Ellis.pdf.
  • Papola, A.L. (2013). Critical literacy, Common Core, and “close reading”. Colorado Reading Journal. Available at http://www.ccira.org/w/w?cmd=gocrj.
  • Pennington, J.L., Obenchain, K.M., Papola, A. & Kmitta, L. (2012). The Common Core: Educational redeemer or rainmaker? Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 12, 2012. http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 16902.