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Dr. Chase Young

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Motivating Struggling Readers

Once a struggling and reluctant reader in elementary school, Dr. Chase Young is considered an expert today by his colleagues on the subjects of reading and literacy. Because of his childhood experiences, Young, Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership, has dedicated his time and energy to working with children to improve their reading skills.

“During my teacher preparation program, I reflected on my difficulties with literacy as a child, and I really wanted to motivate my future students to become successful readers and writers,” said Young. “After my first year of teaching second-grade, I pursued my graduate studies in literacy to become a more effective teacher.”

Young, who was a Reading Specialist and Elementary School Teacher in Texas and Colorado school districts for eight years, received his Ph.D. in Reading Education from the University of North Texas. There, he was named the 2011 Outstanding Doctoral Student in Reading Education. Currently, he researches the effects of different reading interventions on struggling elementary readers. His primary research interests include reading fluency, supporting struggling readers, and integrating technology in elementary literacy instruction.

“I really enjoy working with kids, and I just want them to enjoy learning,” he said.

He has published more than 20 articles and book chapters for teachers and researchers and was recently named the 2014 recipient of the Jerry Johns Promising Researcher Award by the Association of Literacy Educators & Leaders (ALER).

With his research, Young hopes to help as many struggling readers as possible. In the future, he hopes to continue his research on a larger scale and help the local community and beyond by assisting in the training of teachers, volunteers, and families to help support struggling readers, then reporting the successes of the local efforts through research on an international level.

“There is no greater feeling than helping children become readers and writers,” said Young. “Developing literacy in young children is a complex process, and I enjoy researching effective and efficient methods that teachers can use in their classrooms.”