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Education, Development, Teaching, and Learning

College of Education and Professional Studies

Dr. Sharryn Larsen Walker


Dr. Sharryn Larsen Walker



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Sharryn Larsen Walker is a Professor of Literacy at Central Washington University.  Her research interests include children’s literature, service-learning, and teacher professional development.  She also serves as the coordinator of the MEd-Literacy Program.




PhD  Curriculum and Instruction, University of Toledo

MEd  Reading Specialist, Central Washington University

BA     Elementary Education, Central Washington University


Walker, S. L. (2018). Authenticity: In the eye of the beholder? In Y.T. Amos & D. Amos (Eds.), (Mis)Reading different cultures: Interpreting international children’s literature from Asia (pgs. 23-34). New York: Rowen & Littlefield.

Walker, S. L. & Walker, N.M. (2018). "My family makes this!" Including cookbooks in the classroom library. The Reading Teacher, 71(6), 749-752.

Born, E., Walker, S., Spybrook, J., & Finke, J. (2014). The development of self and others through interactive read alouds. Affective Reading Education Journal, 24, 39-47.

Walker, S.L. (2014-2015). Close reading bookmarks set 1; close reading bookmarks set 2; Using photographs to build background knowledge. Formative Assessments for Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.


Walker, S. L. (2017, July, 15). Family Literacy Nights: Academic Service-Learning in undergraduate teacher preparation. International Literacy Association Conference, Orlando, FL.

Walker, S.L. (2016, July 10). Transforming a face-to-face graduate program to an on-line model: What we’ve learned along the way. International Literacy Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Walker, S., Flores, S., Williams, B., Finke, J. & Loverro, I. (2016, May 19). History of teacher education: A reader’s theatre. SOURCE, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA.

Walker, S., Spybrook, J., & Snedeker, J. (2016, April 20). University and rural partnerships in education: Challenges and opportunities. Civic Engagement Institute, Spokane, WA.

Walker, S. (2015, July 19). Encouraging pre-service teacher professional development: Creating ILA student clubs. International Literacy Association Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Finke, J., Butterfield, C., & Walker, S. (11, May, 2014). “Overall, I feel confident teaching reading to my students”: Literacy candidates’ comments about their self-confidence in teaching reading. International Reading Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Spybrook, J. & Walker, S. L. (3, May, 2013). Literacy embedded play centers and kits. Infant and Early Childhood Conference, Tacoma, WA.

Walker, S.L., McIntyre, E., Johnson, A., & Hulan, N. (April, 2013). What is rural? Portraits in children’s literature. International Reading Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Spybrook, J. & Walker, S. L. (23, February, 2013). Literacy embedded play centers. Connecting for children: Early learning conference, Yakima, WA.

Research Interests

Early literacy

Children’s literature

Pre-service teacher development

Professional Organizations

International Literacy Association

National Council for Teachers of English

Washington State Literacy Association

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