Wendy Gardiner


Associate Professor, Reading and Language
National College of Education

Programs/Classes Taught:

RLR 501 Teaching Beginning Reading

RLR 502 Teaching Comprehension and Content Area Reading

RLR 593 Seminar in Reading Research

Areas of Expertise:

Urban Teacher Residencies
Balanced Literacy
Early Literacy
Teacher Education, Mentoring and Induction
Practice-Based Theory for Teacher Education Reform


Dr. Gardiner's research and teaching are within the context of the AUSL-NLU Urban Teacher Residency (UTR), a collaboration between AUSL, National Louis University, and Chicago Public Schools to improve urban teacher education and student learning. In this program she teaches "residents" and engages in scholarship pertaining to new teacher induction, mentoring and alternative models of supervision.

In 2010, Drs. Gardiner and Salmon were awarded a $750,000 Department of Education grant to improve curriculum innovation and teaching within higher education through the design and implementation of "faculty research residencies" in high-need, high-poverty schools. They serve as co-principle investigators and apply a practice-based theory of teacher learning lens to mediate problems of enactment in high poverty partnership schools.

Dr. Gardiner currently serves on the executive committee of the School University Collaborative Research (SUCR) Special Interest Group in American Educational Research Association (AERA). In her capacity as SUCR chair, she fostered an initiative to support doctoral student research and participation at the AERA annual conference.


National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois
Ed.D. in Curriculum and Social Inquiry
Dissertation Title: Mentoring relationships in a laboratory model: Preparing teachers to be change agents.

National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois
Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction
Research Focus: Curriculum Integration, Urban Education and Equity

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

Research and Interests:

Refereed Journal Articles

Gardiner, W. & Lorch, J. (in press). From "outsider" to "insider": The changing role of university supervision in an Urban Teacher Residency program. Action in Teacher Education.

Gardiner, W. (in press). Mentoring "inside" and "outside" the action of teaching: A professional framework for mentoring. The New Educator.

Gardiner, W. & Salmon, D. (2014). Bridging the theory-practice gap in an Urban Teacher Residency: Two interventions and a cautionary tale. Journal of Urban Learning, Teaching, and Research. (10), 87-100.

Gardiner, W. & Salmon, D. (2014). Faculty research residencies: A response to the problem of enactment. The Professional Educator. (38)1, 1-14.

Gardiner, W. (2012). Coaches' and new urban teachers' perceptions of induction coaching: Time, trust, and accelerating learning curves. The Teacher Educator, 47(3), 195-215.

Gardiner, W. & Robinson, K. (2011). Peer placements: Negotiating collaborative relationships. The Professional Educator, 35(2),1-11.

Gardiner, W. (2011). "Moving vision towards reality": Urban teachers' experience induction coaching. Action in Teacher Education, (33), 359-373.

Gardiner, W. (2011). Mentoring in an Urban Teacher Residency: Mentors' perceptions of year long placements. The New Educator, 7(2), 1-18.

Gardiner, W. (2010). Mentoring two student teachers: The impact of peer placement on mentors. Teaching Education, 21(3),233-246.

Gardiner, W. & Robinson, K. (2010). Partnered field placements: Collaboration "in the real world." The Teacher Educator. 44(3),202-215.

Gardiner, W. (2009). Rudderless as mentors: The challenge of teachers as mentors. Action in Teacher Education, 30(4),56-66.

Gardiner, W. & Robinson, K. (2009). Paired field placements for preservice teachers: A means for collaboration. The New Educator, 5(1),81-94.

Book Chapters

Gardiner, W. & Kamm, C. (2010). Urban teacher residencies: Collaborating to reconceptualize urban teacher preparation. In Slater, J. & Ravid, R. (Eds.), Collaboration in Education. New York: Routledge.

In Progress

Gardiner, W. & Weisling, N. Being and becoming an induction mentor: "A steep learning curve."

Gardiner, W. & Kamm, C. Mentors' use of rehearsals to support teacher candidate development.

Gardiner, W. & Weisling, N. Mentor practices: A professional framework for induction.

Gardiner, W. & Kamm, C. Literacy lesson rehearsals in clinical placements: Connecting content and context.

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