Linda Button brings experience as a classroom teacher, administrator, and higher education instructor to her teaching of methods and curriculum at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Dr. Button began her career as an elementary classroom teacher, and later taught special education and literacy to students in grades K-20, in addition to being a Title I reading teacher. As a district curriculum coordinator and administrator, she helped guide the development of standards, curriculum, and assessment in literacy, and served as a leader to faculty in language arts, social studies, foreign language and music for twenty six schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels.
In 1999 Dr. Button assumed a faculty position at the University of Northern Colorado where she taught literacy methods and graduate classes, was Coordinator of the Elementary Professional Teacher Education Program and later Director of the School of Teacher Education. She received the Outstanding Service Award for the College of Education in 2002. Dr. Button worked with Colorado Department of Education on the item selection, performance setting and mapping of the state test for reading (CSAP). She was also a member of the grant evaluation team for the Colorado Reading Excellence Act, and was on the Colorado Basic Literacy Act Advisory Board.
Since coming to UCCS in 2007, Dr. Button has taught classes in teacher education and curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a Professional Development School Site Professor, she provides guidance and knowledge to preservice teachers on their journey from being college students to becoming reflective educators
Dr. Button is active at the state level in the Colorado Council of the International Reading Association. She is editor of the Colorado Communicator, the online newsletter for the organization, and is she is a member of the CCIRA Conference Committee. Dr. Button’s research interest includes literacy assessment, and the integration of literacy, mathematics and science to support learning. She is currently working on a research project involving the use of picture books for children in the United States and China.
University of Northern Colorado - 1980
University of Northern Colorado - 1972
Colorado State College - 1968
Students are the most important part of any classroom, The very best teachers possess a wealth of current knowledge, as well as tools, strategies and ideas to engage and instruct students who have a variety of interests and abilities. The best teachers also reflect on their teaching, and continue to grow as a result of being lifelong learners. As a faculty member and teacher, it is a privilege to guide the students at UCCS as they become educators.
Publications and Presentations
- Frye, B., Button, L., Kelly, C.A., Button, G. (2011). Preservice teachers' self-perceptions and attitudes toward culturally responsive teaching. Journal of Praxis in Multi-Cultural Education.
- Using literacy integration to communicate scientifically. (Summer 2007; Winter 2008) Button, L., Fortino, C., Gerretson, H. & Johnson, S. Oxford Forum on Public Policy. Oxford University, UK..
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- Research and practice in the current teaching of reading: A word with Richard Allington. (2007) Button, L. Colorado Communicator, 30:2, 4-5. The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.
- Can science be a link for literacy learning? (2006). Button, L., Gerretson, H., Fortino, C., & Johnson, S. Colorado Reading Council Journal, 17:2, 14-19. The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.
- Nothing here but stones: Book review. (Fall, 2005). Button, L. Colorado Communicator, 29:1. Council of the International Reading Association.
- Inquiry-based science and literacy strategies when teaching education for sustainable development. (May, 2005). Monograph presented at the International Journal of Teacher Education and Training Conference. University of Vechta: Vechta, Germany.
- Using a collaborative model to build reading and content literacy skills of elementary students. (October, 2004). Button, L., Gerretson, H. and Harding DeKam, J., co-authors. Monograph presented at the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association. Custer State Park, South Dakota.
- Mathematics and literacy as tools for accessing science: A success story for integrating curriculum and synthesizing standards (Western United States case). (2003). Gerretson, H. & Fortino, C. co-authors.University of Daugavpils, Lithuania: Journal of Teacher Education and Training. ISSN 1407-8724. Vol 3.
- Using literacy instruction for communicating scientifically: Research results on teacher efficacy and student achievement. (2002). Gerretson, H. and Fortino, C. & Johnson, S. , co-authors. ERIC US ED 470660. 24 pages.
- Looking beyond high-stakes tests: Meaningful evaluation involves more than a test score. (January, 2003). Button, L. Colorado Communicator. The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association. 26:2. 31-32. Eve Bunting: Books that touch the heart and the soul. Button, L. (May, 2002). ColoradoCommunicator 25:3. 20-23.
- You can count on literature: Resources on and off the web to teach math and literature. (February, 2002). Button, L. &Picard, C. The Reading Teacher. 55:5. 464. International Reading Association.
- A kindergarten literacy profile and assessment that works for teachers and children. (Summer, 2001). Button, L. & May, J. Colorado Early Childhood Journal3:1. Colorado Association for the Education of Young Children.
- Professional books for teachers: The case against standardized testing by Alfie Kohn, and involved classroom assessment.” Richard Stiggins, author. (September, 2001). Book review by Button, L. & Siu Runyan, Colorado Communicator 25:1. The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.
- One school’s journey with CSAP. (June, 2000). Button, L. Colorado Communicator 23:3. The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.
- A teacher friendly assessment for kindergarten. (Spring, 2000). Button, L. & May, J. Colorado Reading Council Journal. The Colorado Council International Reading Association.
- Anna's story. (1996). K. Reid, co-author. In M. Poplin and P. Cousin (eds.), Alternative views of learning disabilities: Issues for the 21st century. 333-355. Austin, Texas: Pro-Ed.
- Anna's story: Narratives of personal experience about being labeled learning disabled. Journal of Learning Disabilities. (1995) K. Reid, co-author. Pro-Ed: Austin, Texas. 1995.
- Eleven common writing expectations for high school seniors, college freshmen, and career entry level employees. (1994) Publication developed pursuant to a grant from CCHE with the Linkage Grant Team Members for K-16 Language Arts. Joint Project with Aims College, the University of Northern Colorado, and Weld School District 6.
- Parents at school: What do the kids think? (June, 1993.) Button, L. & Gregory, J. Colorado Communicator, The Colorado Council of the International Reading Association.
- Standardized reading test scores and informal reading inventory results with modified miscue analysis for above and below average third grade students: a comparison. (1980). University of Northern Colorado: Published doctoral dissertation.
Volunteer and Service
- UNC Directors’ Council Member
- Doctoral Committee Member and Research Adviser-UNC- for 21 doctoral students
- Honors Program Mentor, UNC
- Editor of the Colorado Communicator,
- Colorado Council of the International Reading Association Conference Committee,
- Colorado Council of the International Reading Association Publications Committee Co-Chair
- Colorado Basic Literacy Act Advisory Board, Colorado Department of Education,
- Colorado Supervisors of Student Teachers,
- Colorado Basic Literacy Act Advisory Board,