Professor, C&I Graduate Advisor
Office & Hours:
Office: SZB 436A Monday: 1-4 Wednesday: 1-4 Thursday: 1-4 Please email me for an appointment
Courses of Instruction
Research in Reading Foundations of Educational Research Methods of Reading Instruction Reading Difficulties The Importance of Interest in Learning and Life (Freshman Signature Course)
Curriculum and Instruction
The University of Texas at Austin
1 University Station
Austin, TX 78712
UT Mail Code: D5700
Jo Worthy, a former elementary and middle school teacher, is in the language and literacy program area. She teaches classes focusing on literacy development, pedagogy, and research in the teacher preparation and graduate programs. Her major research and teaching interests are reading interests and preferences, alternatives to ability grouping, and bilingual education.
PhD, University of Virginia
Worthy, J., De Julio, S., Svrcek, N., Villareal, D., Leekeenan, K., Derbyshire, C., Wiebe, M., Lammert, C., Rubin, J., & Salmeron, C. (In Press). Teachers’ perspectives, understandings, and experiences around dyslexia. Yearbook of the Literacy Research Association.
Worthy, J., Nuñez, I., & Espinoza, K. (2016). “Wow, I get to choose now!” A longitudinal study of bilingualism and biliteracy in a young adult. Bilingual Research Journal, 39, 20-34.
Worthy, J., Maloch, B., Hungerford, H., Semingson, P., & Hampton, A. (2015). What are the rest of the students doing? An examination of literacy centers in first grade classrooms. Language Arts, 9, 173-186.
Worthy, J., Durán, L., Hikida, M., Pruitt, A., & Peterson, K. (2013). Spaces for dynamic bilingualism in read-aloud discussions: Developing and strengthening bilingual and academic skills. Bilingual Research Journal, 36, 311-328.
Worthy, J., Chamberlain, K., Peterson, K., Sharp, C., & Shuh, P. (2012). The importance of read-aloud and dialogue in an era of narrowed curriculum: Literature discussions in a second-grade classroom. Literacy Research and Instruction.
Worthy, J., Consalvo, A. L., Bogard, T., Russell, K. W., & Shipman, S. (2012). Restorying: Fostering academic and social growth in a primary literacy workshop: Elementary School Journal, 112, 568-589.
Worthy, J. (2010). Only the names have been changed: Ability grouping revisited. Urban Review, 42, 271-295.
Dean’s Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Education, University of Texas, 2014 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Texas System, 2014
Current Research Projects and Grants
Teachers’ Understandings, Perspectives, and Experiences with Dyslexia Teachers Educators’ Understandings, Perspectives, and Experiences with Dyslexia Language practices and attitudes of bilingual young adults: A longitudinal study of factors that influence Spanish maintenance and bilingualism
Research Interests and Expertise
Dyslexia and Reading Challenges Alternatives to Ability Grouping Reading Interests and Preferences Bilingual Education