Laura Cutler portrait

Cohort: 2020

Curriculum Vitae

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Advisor(s):

Rena Hallam, Rob Palkovitz

Specialization(s):

Early Childhood Education

Research Interest(s)

Children's literature, Fathers' participation in early literacy activities, Gender identity development in early childhood

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 six years before returning to her alma mater to accept a position with Delaware’s Quality Rating and Improvement System, Delaware Stars. Laura is currently a full-time Ph.D. student in the Department and is responsible for instructing undergraduate courses. She also serves as co-chair of the Men in Families Focus Group of the National Council on Family Relations and is secretary for the HDFS Graduate Student Organization. Laura’s research interests position early childhood in the context of the family and include the various factors and contexts that promote early literacy development, father engagement in early literacy activities, and portrayals found in children’s picture books. Laura hopes to continue on an academic trajectory and plans to conduct research and deliver instruction at a post-secondary institution.

Research Projects

  • Picture Book Portrayals of Starting Kindergarten: Mismatched Expectations
  • Performing Fatherhood: The Changing Representations of Parenting in Award-Winning Children’s Picture Books
  • Gender Socialization in African American and White Families: The Role of Socioeconomic Status

Recent Publications

  • Cutler, L. (2018). Challenging the familiar: Using fractured fairy tales to introduce critical literacy. Literacy Today, 35(6), 36-37.
  • Cutler, L. & Angus, C. (2018). International Literacy Association Book Reviews: The Magic of Words and Books
  • Cutler, L. & Angus, C. (2018). International Literacy Association Book Reviews: Reasons to Celebrate: New Editions of Old Favorites
  • Cutler, L., & Angus, C. (2018) International Literacy Association Book Reviews: International Children’s Books, April 2018
  • Cutler, L. (2015). Delaware Stars Curriculum and Assessment Pilot: Final Report June 2015. Delaware Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware
  • Cutler, L. & Graham, S. (2008). Primary grade writing instruction: A national survey. Journal of Educational Psychology, 100(4), 907-919.

Recent Presentations

  • Lewis, S., Cutler, L., Liu, D., & Riser, D. (2019). Navigating New Worlds with Children with Disabilities. Diversity in Organizations, Communities, & Nations International Conference-Border Crossing Narratives: Learning from the Refugee Experience. Patras, Greece.
  • Cutler, L. & Sawyer Morris, G. (2019). Understanding Graduate Student Needs: Using Community to Provide a Voice. Graduate Student Forum, Newark, DE.
  • Cutler, L. & Gordon, M. (2018). Gender Socialization in African American and White Families: The Role of Socioeconomic Status. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • 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.
  • Ye. A., Cutler, L., Gilden, C., Xie, Y., Yun, Y, & Gaviria, Y. (2017). Investigating the Bidirectional Relationship Between Home Environment and Student Achievement: A Cross-Lagged Longitudinal Analysis. American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • 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

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, 2017-present
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Professional Development Center for Educators, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, 2019
  • Graduate Research Assistant, New Directions Early Head Start, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, 2018
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Intimate Partner Violence Project, Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Delaware, 2018
  • Curriculum and Assessment Program Coordinator and Professional Development Instructor, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, Delaware Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware, 2014-2017;
  • ERS Specialty TA, Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood, Delaware Stars for Early Success, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2013-2014
  • First Grade Teacher, Pershing Elementary School, Orange County Public School District, Orlando, FL, 2011-2013
  • Kindergarten Teacher, MetroWest Elementary School, Orange County Public School District, Orlando, FL, 2009-2011; 2005-2007

Honors & Awards

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Faculty Senate Committee on Student and Faculty Honors, University of Delaware, 2019
  • Emerging Scholar Award, Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Biennial Grantee Conference, Office of Family Assistance: MAST Center, 2019
  • Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware, 2019
  • HDFS International Collaborative Professional Development Scholarship, University of Delaware, 2019
  • Emerging Scholar Award, 2019 International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations, 2019
  • Graduate Student Professional Development Scholarship, National Council on Family Relations, 2018
  • Amy Rextrew Graduate Student Award, University of Delaware, 2018
  • 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

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of University Women
  • International Literacy Association
    • International Literacy Association SIG: Children’s Literature and Reading
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • National Council on Family Relations
    • National Council on Family Relations Focus Group: Men in Families

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