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Dr. Nancy Frey, Professor

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at San Diego State University. She had previously served in the School of Teacher Education beginning in 2003 as a professor of literacy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Early Career Achievement Award from the National Reading Conference.

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Nancy has published in The Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, English Journal, Voices in the Middle, Middle School Journal, Remedial and Special Education, TESOL Journal, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Early Childhood Education Journal, and Educational Leadership. She has co-authored books on formative assessment (Checking for Understanding and Formative Assessment Action Plan), instructional design (Better Learning for Structured Teaching), data-driven instruction (Using Data to Focus Instructional Improvement), and brain-based learning (In a Reading State of Mind).

Nancy’s research and writing reflects the collaborative work of schools. Her primary collaborative work is with EDL faculty member Doug Fisher. She has had the opportunity to write many other SDSU faculty members, including Ian Pumpian, Diane Lapp, Cynthia Uline, Cheryl James-Ward, and Donna Ross. Her research interests lie in schoolwide practices, literacy interventions, and the leadership of teachers and administrators who create these positive changes in the lives of young people.

Nancy is a credentialed special educator, reading specialist, and administrator in California, and has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in Florida and California for two decades. She is a teacher-leader at Health Sciences High and Middle College, where she learns from her colleagues and students every day.

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Contact information 

Nancy Frey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership
Office: NE162G
Department of Educational Leadership | 619-594-4063