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Gina N. Cervetti

Professor, Marsal Family School of Education


(734) 647-6298


Room 4039
610 E. University Ave.
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1259

Gina Cervetti’s research focuses on the interface of literacy and content-area learning. She is interested in how inquiry experience in science can provide an authentic and engaging meaning-based context for literacy learning; she also examines the role of sustained engagement in a set of ideas for literacy development; and she is looking into ways to help students bring the tools of inquiry to bear on questions they encounter across the curriculum and outside of school.

Following her doctoral work in educational psychology at Michigan State University, Cervetti worked for several years as a postdoctoral scholar and researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, on the Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading (Seeds/Roots) program. Cervetti led the literacy team in its conceptualization and development of integrated science-literacy curriculum units for students in grades 2-5.

Cervetti is also involved in work on academic discourse and vocabulary acquisition in science and on how curriculum materials can best support teachers’ practice and teacher learning. Currently, Cervetti is a coprincipal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded study of the efficacy of the Seeds/Roots model of science-literacy integration for English learners, and the potential of an educative curriculum design framework for advancing teacher learning about strategies for supporting linguistically diverse students in science. Cervetti joined the University of Michigan following three years as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder.


Number Course Name Location Days
EDUC 260
Tutoring Literacy and Language in the Elementary Grades

This course will develop literacy tutors’ skills in working with students in the elementary grades. In this course, participants will learn to develop engaging tutoring sessions and to enact a range of instructional routines for working with students in support of their literacy and language development.

EDUC 582
Directed Study in Education

Now that you are completing your master's program, you may have identified a project you would like to pursue. You may have a topic you would like to explore further, experiences from your internship that you would like to write about, a course paper that you would like to revise and publish, or ideas for a curriculum that you wish to develop. This directed study course is designed to support you to accomplish these goals.

This class will provide an opportunity for participants to undertake a self-selected project in consultation with the course instructor and their class colleagues. Each participant will complete a significant project, such as a substantial research paper on a topic or question of interest, a research proposal, an assessment, a publication, a workshop, or an instructional unit. The project should serve as an opportunity to synthesize learning across the master’s program and to develop an artifact for a professional or academic portfolio. Each week, participants will meet as a group and individually with the course instructor to make progress toward completion. This course is open only to master’s students in the Marsal School. To be considered for the class, please submit a brief description of the project you would like to undertake to Gina Cervetti.