Laura Cutler

Expected Graduation: 2020

Specialization(s):

Early Childhood Education

Research Interest(s)

Children's literature, Early literacy, Gender stereotypes in early childhood

Advisor(s):

  • Martha Buell

Laura Cutler

Laura has been in the field of early childhood for over ten years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Maryland. Laura taught kindergarten and first grade in the Florida public school system for 6 years before returning to her alma mater to accept a position with Delaware’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Delaware Stars. She currently serves as a  Program Coordinator where she is responsible for developing and implementing a variety of projects that combine professional development and coordinated coaching for programs participating in Delaware Stars. Laura’s research interests focus on children’s literature, literacy and language development, and the existence of gender stereotypes in early childhood. Laura hopes to continue on an academic trajectory and plans to conduct research and deliver instruction at a post-secondary institution.

Research Projects

  • Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Picture Books: A Contemporary Content Analysis of Popular and Award-Winning Picture Books
  • Using Data to Refine Technical Assistance in QRIS: Lessons Learned From a Statewide Initiative Promoting Curriculum-Based Assessment

Recent Publications

  • Cutler, L. (2015). Delaware Stars Curriculum and Assessment Pilot: Final Report June 2015. Delaware Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware;
  • Agate, L. & Graham, S. (2008). Primary grade writing instruction: A national survey. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100(4), 907-919.

Recent Presentations

  • Cutler, L. & Buell, M. (2017). Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Picture Books: A Contemporary Content Analysis. International Literacy Association Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. Poster Presentation.
  • Cutler, L. & Buell, M. (2017). Gender Stereotypes in Children’s Picture Books: A Contemporary Content Analysis. Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting, Austin, TX. Poster Presentation.
  • Cutler, L. (2017). The Power of Yet: Fostering a Growth Mindset in Children Through Picture Books. Read Aloud Delaware Conference, Middletown, DE.
  • Panel participant during the University of Patras’ 2nd Forum on Intercultural Dialogue & Learning: Educating the “Other”: Intercultural Education at a Crossroads. Patras, Greece. October 2016.
  • Hallam, R., & Cutler, L. (2016). Using Data to Refine Technical Assistance in QRIS: Lessons Learned From a Statewide Initiative Promoting Curriculum-Based Assessment. National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Baltimore, MD.
  • Cutler, L. (2016). Home Literacy Environments and Their Effects on Young Children’s Literacy Development: A Review of the Literature. Marion Steele Research Symposium, Newark, DE.
  • Cutler, L. (2016). Fractured Fairy Tales: A Vehicle for Introducing Critical Literacy in Early Childhood. Read Aloud Delaware Conference, Middletown, DE.

Professional Experiences

  • Curriculum and Assessment Program Coordinator and Professional Development Instructor , Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, Delaware Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware, 2014-Present;
  • First Grade Teacher, Pershing Elementary School, Orange County Public School District, Orlando, FL, 2011-2013

Honors & Awards

  • Inaugural Recipient, Lynn R. Okagaki Graduate Tuition Scholarship in Human Development, University of Delaware, 2017
  • Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware, 2016
  • Teacher of the Year Nominee, Pershing Elementary School, 2012
  • Cum Laude, University of Delaware, 2003
  • Degree with Distinction, University of Delaware, 2003

Past Education

  • M.A. Special Education, University of Maryland, 2005
  • B.S. Early Childhood Development and Education, Early Childhood Special Education, University of Delaware, 2003