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Allison Swan Dagen, PhD

Professor and Program Coordinator,
Literacy Education

West Virginia University
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Curriculum and Instruction/Literacy Studies

Office: 604N Allen Hall
Phone: 304-293-4417

Dr. Allison Swan Dagen is a Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Literacy Studies, College of Education & Human Services, at West Virginia University (WVU). Dr. Swan Dagen received her doctorate in Instruction and Learning/Reading from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.Ed. in Reading Education from Bloomsburg University. Dr. Swan Dagen holds certification in Elementary Education (K-8) as well as Reading Specialist Certification (K-12). Dr. Swan Dagen taught middle school Reading and Title I Math at the Pleasant Valley School District, Brodheadsville, PA.

Dr. Swan Dagen is a member of the CAEP/ILA Program Accreditation Auditing/Review team and serves on the International Literacy Association Professional Standards and Ethics Committee. Dr. Swan Dagen was also recently invited to serve ILA as a contributor to the revised Standards for Literacy Professionals (2017) Committee.

Dr. Swan Dagen teaches Foundations of Literacy, Literacy and the Young Child, Literacy Coaching and Literacy Leadership in the LE Masters program. She also serves as LE program coordinator.

Along with Dr. Morewood, Dr. Swan Dagen received funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation ($264,000) for Literacy Leaders through National Board Certification (LLNBC). This professional development initiative supports the state’s Universal Prekindergarten (UPK) initiate by focusing on West Virginia’s preschool teachers and National Board Teaching Certification.

Dr. Swan Dagen’s research interests include effective professional development for literacy educators, Reading Specialists/Literacy Coach preparation, teachers’ literacy leadership, National Board Teaching Certification and emergent literacy practices.

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