Cheryl Sandora, Ph.D., has been a research associate at the Learning Research and Development Center for eighteen years. She began working as an ELA fellow for the Institute for Learning in 2014 and spends her time designing curricular materials and delivering professional development to districts throughout the country. During her time at LRDC, Sandora worked closely with Dr. Isabel Beck and Dr. Margaret McKeown conducting classroom-based research on instructional practices targeted toward vocabulary and comprehension.
Prior to her work at the University of Pittsburgh and the IFL, Sandora was a professor in the education department at Bethany College in Bethany, WV, where she taught ELA methods courses and was instrumental in designing courses for their newly created graduate school.
As a classroom teacher, she was fortunate enough to teach ELA at all three levels, elementary, middle, and high school.
Most recently, she had the honor of co-authoring a book with Dr. Isabel Beck on comprehension and close reading in the ELA classroom.