Keli Garas-York, Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo State University

The Language and Literacy Spectrum is a peer-reviewed journal published annually for the New York State Reading Association membership and available online.

We define literacy broadly to include reading, writing, listening, speaking, viewing, and creating in many different modes and for many different purposes in order to interact with the world.

The readership consists primarily of practicing teachers and literacy specialists. The editors welcome articles focused on classroom practice, research, and theory in literacy. We encourage articles from K-12 practitioners, literacy researchers, and presenters from the NYSRA conference.

Current Issue: Volume 33, Issue 1 (2023)


We are pleased to present Volume 33 of The Language & Literacy Spectrum. It has been our pleasure to work with these authors along with our dedicated review team. The articles in this issue are important and inspiring and address literacy theory, literacy coaching, children’s literature, and writing instruction. Lare and Silvestri offer readers insight into the enactment of a multi-theoretical approach to teaching literacy in one practicing special education teacher’s classroom. Toll provides guidance for literacy coaches in the form of six rules for coaching teachers under duress. Articles by Luther and the team of Olmstead, Kalenda, Rath, Xue, and Zhang provide suggestions for teaching with high-quality children’s literature. Luther proposes titles to teach self-awareness, while Olmstead and colleagues offer books to inspire activism and equity. Kesler and the team of Philippakos, Wiese, and Davis address the complexity of explicit writing instruction. Kesler follows four second grade teachers as they enact explicit instruction in the writing process as part of an author study, including multimodal analysis and composition. Philippakos and colleagues outline the reciprocal relationship between reading comprehension and writing composition using a strategic, genre-based approach. We invite you to read, reflect, and respond by submitting your own manuscript for consideration in future volumes. The deadline for the next volume is February 1, 2024.



Empathy Throughout the Curriculum: Using Picture Books to Promote Activism & Equity
Kathleen M. Olmstead, Peter Kalenda, Logan T. Rath, Jeffrey Xue, and Jie Zhang


Writing and Reading Connections: Giving Value to Both Sides of the Same Literacy Coin
Zoi A. Traga Philippakos, Penelope Wiese, and Adalea Davis