Dr. Wendy C. Kasten


Wendy C. Kasten earned her B.S. degree at Rowan University in New Jersey, her M.Ed from the University of Maine, and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona (1984). She is 1996-2002 president of C.E.L.T., (Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking), an invitational society of literacy educators who advocate meaning-centered views of learning. She is active in the International Reading Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Reading Conference, and the Whole Language Umbrella.

Kasten taught elementary school in Maine, and previously taught at the University of South Florida, and was a visiting faculty fellow to Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. She is co-author of several books, including The Multiage Classroom: A Family of Learners (1993); Implementing Multiage Education: A Practical Guide (1998) and Action Research for Teachers: Traveling the Yellow Brick Road (2001).

Articles can be found in Reading and Writing Quarterly; Anthropology and Education Quarterly; Literacy, Teaching and Learning, The National Reading Conference Yearbook, and others. She is Associate Editor of Reading and Writing Quarterly.
Areas of interest and research include: whole language learning, action  research, literature based reading instruction, literature circles, multiage education, struggling readers, the writing process, reading assessment, teacher reflection, and children as informants in research.