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Diane Barone is a professor of literacy at the University of Nevada, Reno and is a board member of the International Reading Association. She teaches courses centered on early literacy and qualitative research at UNR. Diane's research focuses on young children's literacy development, especially young children coming from high-poverty circumstances.
She conducted two longitudinal studies; one centered on children who had been prenatally exposed to crack cocaine and a second focused on children's literacy development and instruction in a high-poverty school. Diane has had numerous articles published in academic journals like the Journal of Literacy Research, Elementary School Journal, The Reading Teacher, Language Arts, and Reading Research Quarterly.
She has also authored, coauthored, or edited many books including Narrowing the Literacy Gap; A Practical Guide to Literacy Assessment; Teaching Early Literacy: Development, Assessment, and Instruction; Research-Based Practices in Early Literacy; Reading First in The Classroom; Writing K-8; Literacy Assessment in K through Eighth Grade; The National Board Handbook: Stories and Strategies from National Board Teachers and Candidates; Developing Literacy: An Integrated Approach to Assessment and Instruction; and Resilient Children: Stories of Poverty, Drug Exposure, and Literacy Development.
Diane's contributions to the International Reading Association include serving on the Early Literacy Committee, serving as a member and president of the SIG Literacy Development of Young Children, serving on the Urban Diversity Committee, and serving as chair of the Research Award Committee. Diane also was an editor of Reading Research Quarterly from 1994 to 2002. In Nevada, Diane has been a member of the local IRA organization and served as a cochair of the International Reading Association convention when it was held in Reno in 2004.
Diane also works extensively with schools in Nevada through the Reading First grant. She serves as the principal investigator of this grant and is a member of the state management team. She also works with Washoe County School District to improve literacy instruction, learning, and achievement in low-performing schools. This work allows her to collaborate with teachers and to work directly with students.