Grand Valley State University

Nancy G. Patterson, Ph.D


Chair, Reading/Language Arts Program

College of Education

EDR 621 Current Issues in Literacy
EDR 631 Teaching Writing
EDR 601 Reading Assessment: Secondary

PA 118 Links

Elementary Syllabus
Elementary Matrix
Secondary Syllabus
Secondary Matrix








“As good teachers weave the fabric that joins them with students and subjects, the heart is the loom on which the threads are tried, the tension is held, the shuttle flies, and the fabric stretched tight. Small wonder, then, that teaching tugs at the heart, opens the heart, even breaks the heart—and the more one loves teaching, the more heartbreaking it can be. The courage to teach is the courage to keep one’s heart open in those very moments when the heart is asked to hold more than it is able so that teacher and students and subject can be woven in the fabric of community that learning, and living, require.”

--Parker Palmer




920 Eberhard Center
301 W. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504