Lesley Mandel, Morrow, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Director of the Center for Literacy Development, coordinates professional development within schools across the state of New Jersey and around the nation.
Morrow pursued an undergraduate education in Human Development and Early Childhood Education before earning her Master’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She later went on to pursue a second Master’s to become a Reading Specialist and proceeded to obtain her Ph.D. As the Director of the Center for Literacy Development (CLD), Morrow coordinates between five and six conferences a year, bringing in notable speakers who also address social justice and equity in education. She aims to keep current in her research and works with English Language Learners (ELL) from at-risk communities. She strives to do this by building caring and informed communities. In addition to teaching, Morrow is part of editorial boards, including Reading Research Quarterly, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the center’s newsletter. She also created the Rutgers Reading Club, an after-school intervention program for struggling readers. Dr. Morrow has over 300 publications in the form of books, chapters in books, and refereed articles.
• B.S. in Human Development, Early childhood/Elementary Education, Syracuse University (xxxx)
• M.A. Elementary Education, New Jersey City University (xxxx)
• M.A. in Reading Specialist, William Patterson University
• Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum Design and Supervision, Fordham University (xxxx)
• College Reading Association
• National Writing Project
• Reach Out and Read
• International Reading Association
• National Association for the Education of the Young Children
• National Council of Teachers of English
• National Council of Research in English
• National Reading Conference
Expertise & Research Interest
Early childhood literacy development
Research Work with Students
Early literacy development dealing with motivation, fluency, classroom environments, and professional development.
All of my research involves students/
Recent & Selected Publications
Morrow, L.M. 2020, (9th edition) Literacy Development in the Early Years: Helping Children Read and Write.
Morrow, Kunz and Hal, (2018) Breaking Through the Language Arts Block: Organizing and Managing an Exemplary Literacy Day. NY: Guilford
Morrow, L.M., Doughter, S, Tracey, D., (2018) Best Practices in Early Literacy: Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade in Best Practices in Literacy Development 6th Edition. Gambrell, L .and Morrow, L.M. (2018) NY: Guilford Press
Tracey D. & Morrow, L.M. (2017, 3rd edition) Lenses in Reading: An Introduction of Theories and Models, New York: Guilford Publications.
Morrow, L.M. (2016) Language and Literacy Elements in 2015 First Through Third Grade Implementation Guidelines. pages 49-58. New Jersey Department of Education.
Morrow, L.M., Kunz, K. (2016) The Common Core State Standards for Literacy Research and Instruction. in Literacy Research and Instruction ,55, 2, pages 131-133. Routledge: PA.Gambrell, L.B., Morrow, L.M. & Roskos, K. (2016). Oral Language and Comprehension in Preschool: Teaching the Essentials.
LaBrocca, R. & Morrow, L. M. (2016) Embedding Vocabulary Development into the Art Experience. Reading Teacher: Newark, Delaware, International Literacy Association
Honors & Awards
Special Service Award from the International Literacy Association,
Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Research Contributions to the field of Literacy from the Literacy Research Association
International Reading Associations lifetime award for scholarship and Service call the William S. Gray Citation of Merit Award
GSE Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award
Inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame
Rutgers University Merit Increment for Academic Service of Superior Quality (2004, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1993, 1991, 1987, 1984, 1982)
New Jersey Reading Association’s Special Service Award
Graduate School of Education Alumni Association Award for Service
Fordham University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award
North Jersey Reading Association’s Literacy Award
International Reading Association’s Outstanding Teacher Educator
Graduate School of Education Alumni Association Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Warren I. Sussman Award for Excellence in Teaching from Rutgers University
Educational Press Association of America Award for Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Educational Journalism for Emerging Literacy: Young Children Learn to Read and Write (1989). International Reading Association: Newark, Delaware (with Dorothy Strickland)
Alumni Association Graduate School of Education Research Award
Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Nominated for membership by students and faculty at St. John’s University