Laura Hopkins

Laura Hopkins

Assistant Professor of Education

Education

  • Ph.D., Michigan State University (2018)
  • M.Ed., Regent University (2007)
  • B.S., Houghton College (2004)

Courses Taught

  • Language and Literacy Development in the Middle Grades
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners I
  • Foundations of Language and Literacy for Diverse Learners II

Professional Memberships/Associations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • International Christian Community for Teacher Education (ICCTE)

Why I Teach at Houghton

In my work with current and future teachers, I have cultivated a relational, inquiry-focused, apprenticeship-based approach to teaching and mentorship. My approach emphasizes the development of rich and deep knowledge of oneself, of students, of content, and of teaching. This knowledge base provides the foundation for reflective and caringly responsive teaching, as well as lifelong learning. This approach is founded on the beliefs that learning is social, relational, and situated, and that God has created all learners with intrinsic value and with the potential to enrich their own learning and the learning of others. As a teacher educator, I explicitly model teaching practices that align with these beliefs while providing students with rigorous learning opportunities and responsive scaffolding in a supportive learning community. My teaching philosophy and practices resonate with Houghton’s education department mission of “equipping teachers for transformative learning and service.” Teaching at Houghton provides me with the opportunity to learn with and from like-minded colleagues and students as together we grow in our knowledge and love of God and others.

Research Interests

  • Reading comprehension instruction
  • Responsive teaching
  • Teacher learning, reasoning, and use of curriculum materials
  • Students experiencing difficulties with literacy learning in school

Professional Experience/Achievements

  • Reading Specialist, Grades 5-12
    (2015-2018).
  • Adjunct Instructor
    Indiana Wesleyan University – Marion, IN (2011-2012)
  • Elementary Classroom Teacher, Kindergarten, 1st grade
    (2005-2008).

Presentations

  • Wright, T.S., Parks, A., Wilinski, B., Domke, L., & Hopkins L.J. (April 2018). “Prekindergarten teacher certification requirements in literacy and mathematics: Understanding policies across the U.S.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New York, NY.
  • Peltier, M.R., Van Wig, A., Shimek, C., Hopkins, L.J., Davis, S.G., Bemiss, E.M., Scales, R.Q. (March 2018). “Strengthening clinical partnerships: Sharing knowledge to support teacher candidates in navigating contextual challenges.” Presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Baltimore, MD.
  • Hopkins, L.J. (Nov. 2017). “Shaping opportunities for meaningful literacy learning: One teacher’s curricular adaptations during reading comprehension instruction.” Presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association. Tampa, FL.
  • Hopkins, L.J., Peltier, M.R.,Van Wig, A., Shimek, C., Davis, S.G., Bemiss, E.M., Scales, R.Q. (Nov. 2017). Meaningful expansions: How elementary literacy teacher educators perceive and address literacy curricular contexts.Presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association.
  • Wright, T.S., Parks, A., Wilinski, B., Domke, L., & Hopkins L.J. (November 2017). “Understanding national trends in early literacy requirements for prekindergarten teacher certification.” Presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association. Tampa, FL.
  • Hopkins, L.J. (March 2017). “Designing responsive instruction through adapting core reading programs.” Presented at the annual conference of the Michigan Reading Association. Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Edwards, P.A., Protacio, M.S., Peltier, M., Hopkins, L.J. (Dec. 2016). “A conceptual review of family literacy initiatives.” Presented at the annual conference of the Literacy Research Association. Nashville, TN.
  • Hopkins, L.J. (April 2016). “Learning about and through discussions in a teacher education class.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Washington, D.C.
  • Edwards, P.A., Protacio, M.S., Peltier, M., Hopkins, L.J. (April 2016). “A conceptual review of family literacy initiatives targeting reading comprehension.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Washington, D.C.
  • Hopkins, L., & Pylman, S. (March 2016). “Evaluating and adapting core reading programs when teaching reading.” Presented at the annual conference of the Michigan Reading Association.  Detroit, MI.

Publications/Conferences

  • Hopkins, L.J., White, K.L., Edwards, P.A., & Wright, T.S. (2015). “What’s Hot and What’s Not in Literacy in Michigan?” Michigan Reading Journal, 48(1), 8-11.
  • Edwards, P.A., Protacio, M.S., Peltier, M., Hopkins, L. (2016). “Family Literacy and Reading Comprehension.”  In S.E. Israel (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Reading Comprehension.  New York: Routledge.

Other Interests/Hobbies/Enjoyments

  • Board games
  • Outdoor activities
  • Language, culture, and travel
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