Dr. Miriam Chaplin
is a Professor Emerita of Rutgers University and past
president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Dr. Chaplin is the author of
Reading Comes to College (Banner Books, 1978), co-author of Opening
the American Mind (University of Delaware Press, 1993), and Editor of
the Reading Section Tapping the Potential of the Black Learner (NCTE, 1985).
She is a contributing author of several other books in the field of
English Education, and has published in the Journal
of Reading, Reading World, English Education and many others.
Chaplin believes that the ability to read and write is every child's
birthright and most of her work in reading and related fields have been
geared to this belief. As
post-Doctoral Fellow at Educational Testing Services, Dr. Chaplin
published a monograph, A Comparative Analysis of Writing Features Used by Selected Black and
White Students in the National Assessment of Educational Progress and the
New Jersey High School Proficiency Test and an accompanying curriculum
for the target population entitled Writing
Their Way to the Head of the Class.
Chaplin has served a Reading Teacher, Reading Coordinator and Reading
Supervisor in the School District of Philadelphia and has chaired many
projects, most notable and recent is a three year program in South Africa
in the Eastern Transvaal - a program for primary school children in
America and in South Africa with emphasis on reading problems encountered
by children on the two continents. She
also led a reading language arts program in Anchorage, Alaska in 1995.
Soror Chaplin was initialed in Pi Mu Omega Chapter, Willingboro, NJ. She now resides in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
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