Randy Bomer

Randy  Bomer
Department Chair (Interim), Department of Educational Administration, College of Education
Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education

Phone: +1 512 232 7519, +1 512 232 4861
Email: bomer@austin.utexas.edu
Office: SZB 348

Dr. Bomer's research investigates the ways teachers leverage the knowledge and interests that children and youth bring to school in order to grow as readers and writers. He studies how, especially for students from poverty and ethnic and linguistic minorities, this strengths-based way of teaching is important to allow students to develop literate identities and self-efficacy with reading and writing. For example, some children develop strength at writing before they become good at reading, and teachers help children transfer that initial strength toward reading. In other studies, youth bring knowledge of their outside-school uses of reading and writing - church, extracurricular activities, transnational migration - and the teacher helps them study these unofficial literacy practices in order to make connections to the academic kinds of reading and writing demanded in school. These areas of research on student learning also lead Bomer to examine the ways teachers learn to assess and teach from students' existing strengths, the kinds of curricula that can allow space for student knowledge to enter the conversation, and the educational policies that either advance or impede such curricula and instruction.

Randy Bomer is Professor of Curriculum & Instruction at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also directs the Heart of Texas Writing Project. Formerly a middle and high school teacher, he has consulted with urban school districts across the USA. Prior to coming to UT, he taught at Indiana University, Queens College of the City University of New York, and was for five years the co-director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English.