Lisa Parker, Ph.D.

Lisa Parker, Ph.D. (Lisa Ciecierski-Madara, Ph.D.)
Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education, Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Faculty Affiliate, Susan Hirt Hagen CORE
133 Kochel

Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. Lisa Parker earned her Ph.D. from Kent State University in curriculum and instruction with a focus on literacy education. She is an associate professor of language and literacy education in the Elementary and Early Childhood Education program at Penn State Behrend.

Dr. Parker has more than fifteen years of experience teaching with Erie Public Schools as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and reading facilitator. She has served in many leadership positions working with teachers and administrators on curriculum development, instruction, and assessment. She is also a literacy consultant providing support and instruction to elementary, middle, and secondary teachers across the United States both independently and through the Southern Regional Education Board. In addition, Dr. Parker has been an adjunct professor at Gannon, Kent State, and Edinboro Universities.

Dr. Parker's research interests include reading and writing and, specifically, how children and adolescents learn and interact through authentic literature and "making" within and across the content areas. Her most recent publications have appeared in Middle School Journal, Betwixt and Between, and Voices in the Middle. She is the director of the PennLake National Writing Project, which moved to Penn State Behrend in 2017.

Dr. Ciecierski-Madara conducts most of her research in urban settings across the country. Her research interests involve researching how children learn through award-winning authentic literature within and across the content areas. Her research also has a focus on writing. She is the director of the National Writing Project, which was recently moved to Penn State Behrend, and is conducting research on engaging preservice teachers in the National Writing project to promote engagement and sustainability.


Ciecierski, L. (2018). Text sets: Multimodal learning for multicultural students - Introduction. Text sets: Multimodal learning for multicultural students Sense Publishers.


Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author/Presenter, 40%), Nageldinger, J., Bintz, W. P., & Moore, S. D. (2016). New Perspectives On Picture Books. ATINER's Conference Paper Series. (EDUC2016-2025) .


Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 80%), & Pytash, K. (2019). Looking through the mirror: Cultivating creativity through interdisciplinary writing. 58(2), 15 - 25.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 90%), & Bintz, W. P. (2018). Using paired text and poetry to support intertextual reading, writing, thinking, and learning. 58(1), 28 - 32.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 90%), & Bintz, W. P. (2018). Tri-Texts: A potential next step to paired texts. The Reading Teacher, 71(4), 479 - 483.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 90%), & Bintz, W. P. (2018). Learning through hallmark people in the content areas. Middle School Journal, 49(1), 4 - 12.

Ciecierski, L. (2017). What the Common Core State Standards do not tell you about connecting texts. The Reading Teacher, 71(3), 285 - 294. ISBN/ISSN #/Case #/DOI #:

Bintz, W. P., & Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 20%) (2017). Hybrid texts: An engaging genre to teach content area material across the curriculum. The Reading Teacher, 71(1), 61-69.

Ciecierski, L. (2016). Teaching beyond the test with emergent genres. Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, 56(1), 39-44.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 90%), & Bintz, W. P. (2016). Paired texts: A way-in to the content areas. Middle School Journal, 47(4), 32-44.

Pytash, K., & Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 40%) (2015). Teaching from a disciplinary stance. Voices in the Middle, 22(3), 14-18.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 80%), & Bintz, W. P. (2015). Using authentic literature to develop challenging and integrated curriculum. Middle School Journal, 46(5), 19-25.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 70%), & Scullin, B. (2014). Book in an Hour: A way to utilize authentic literature in the content area classroom. Betwixt and Between, 1(1), 31-39.

Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author, 60%), & Bintz, W. P. (2012). Using chants and cadences across the curriculum. Middle School Journal, 44(2), 20-27.


Scullin, B. L., Ciecierski, L. (Co-Author), & Bintz, W. P. (2016). Fascinating women who should be famous but are not. Ohio Reading Teacher, 46(1), 6569.

Ph D, Curriculum and Instruction and Literacy, Kent State University

MED, Reading, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

BS, Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania