Helen Hoffner


Professor / Program Coordination Reading

EdD, Widener University
MEd, Temple University
BS, Education, West Chester University

Courses Taught

EDUC 517: Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
EDUC 606: Structure of School Reading Programs
EDUC 605: Remediation of Reading Difficulties
EDUC 604: Reading in the Content Areas
EDUC 609: Supervised Field Experiences in Reading
EDEC 203: Developing Early Language. Literacy, and Numeracy Skills
EDEC 204: Literacy Instruction for Young Learners, Part I
EDEC 301: Literacy Instruction for Young Learners, Part II

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

After having served as a reading specialist in many elementary and secondary schools, it is now my honor and responsibility to prepare the literacy professionals of the future. I focus upon helping graduate and undergraduate students acquire the content knowledge and instructional techniques they need to become effective literacy instructors. I strive to develop enthusiastic, lifelong learners who believe that everyone can and should learn to read.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Hoffner, H. (2010). Literacy Lessons, K-8: Connecting Activities to Standards and Students to Communities , NJ: Corwin Press.
Hoffner, H. (2007). The Elementary Teacher's Digital Toolbox. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill/Pearson/Prentice Hall.
Hoffner, H. (2006). Reading and Writing Mysteries in Grades 4 to 7. Westminster, CA: Teacher Created Resources.
Hoffner, H. (2003). A Look at Realistic Fiction. Westminster, CA: Teacher Created Materials.
Hoffner, H. (2004). Learning Disabilities: An Historical Perspective.
Indianapolis, IN: Kappa Delta Pi.
Hoffner, G.B. & Hoffner, H. (2014). The Rosary Collector's Guide. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Publishing.
Hoffner, H. (in press). Literacy Modules. Boston: Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall.
Journal Articles
Hoffner, H. (2013). Resiliency. Educational Leadership, 7, 1, 88-89.
Hoffner, H., Baker, E. and Quinn, K.B.(2008). Lights, cameras, pencils! Using descriptive video to enhance writing. The Reading Teacher, 61, 576-579.
Hoffner, H. (2008). Parallel Literature Circles: Children and adults reading together. Pennsylvania Reads: The Journal of the Keystone State Reading Association, 7, 22-28.
Hoffner, H. (2007). Required reading/choice words. The Keystone Reader, Fall 2007.
Hoffner, H. (2006). Read the captions with Clifford. The Keystone Reader, Fall 2006.
Hoffner, H. (2003). Writing a movie. The Reading Teacher, 57,78-81.
Hoffner, H., Quinn, K., Deasy, M.K. (2004). Visual description: Using a new technology to build literacy. Journal of Visual Literacy 24, (1).
Hoffner, H. (2004). An adapted language experience approach: Helping secondary students with content area reading. The Ohio Reading Teacher.
Hoffner, H (2003). Knowing how. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 46: 8.
Hoffner, H. (2001). Teaching reading in middle school. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 44:6.
Hoffner, H. (2001). A new way to watch and learn. Teaching PreK-8. 32, 96-105.
Hoffner, H. (2000). Don't forget the chalkboard. New Teacher Advocate, 8 (1), 4-5.
Hoffner, H. (1993). Language activities of daily living. Technology and Learning. May/June, 8-9.
Hoffner, H. (1989). Food for thought. Teaching Pre-K-8. 20, 58-59.
Hoffner, H. (1988). Another old car. Wee Wisdom 95, (3), 4-7.

Awards and Honors

Ray L. Taylor Memorial Award earned in 2007 and 2011
2006- Editor's Choice Award for my book, Reading and Writing Mysteries in Grades 4-8

Additional Info

My research focuses upon ways in which technology such as closed captioned programming and visually described programming can be used to enhance literacy instruction. As a result of my research, I have been asked to serve as an educational consultant for 20th Century Fox/ MGM Entertainment Corporation. Working with the film studio, I have developed a series of captioned DVDs which help children improve their reading skills. I have also worked with the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) on developing ways to use captioned and visually described programming to improve the reading ability of children and adults.

I am currently writing a series of interactive literacy textbooks for undergraduate and graduate students. Unlike traditional textbooks, these electronic texts will include links to video demonstrations and interactive activities. Portions of this work have already been peer-reviewed and are in production with Pearson/Merrill/Prentice Hall Publishing.

In addition to my work in literacy, I have also researched the history of the rosary and the many variations of the rosary that can be found throughout the world. This research led to my next book, The Rosary Collector's Guide, which will be published by Schiffer Books in January 2014. I have been asked to give a presentation on this topic as part of the Holy Family University 60th Anniversary Celebration. That presentation is scheduled for February 9, 2014.


Helen Hoffner
Office: ETC 427
Phone: 267-341-3372