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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

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Lynn Gordon

Lynn  Gordon
Department of Elementary Education
Office:ED 2104
Phone:818 677 7894



Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles


Dr. Lynn Gordon has been teaching at CSUN since 1996, originally as an adjunct faculty member and currently as a full-time tenured Professor in the Department of Elementary Education. She has been the recipient of a variety of awards, grants, and honors including a UCLA alumni award for excellence in scholarship and contribution to the field of education, an Occidental College ALOED (Alumni of Occidental in Education) certificate for outstanding service and leadership in the field of education, and an LAUSD Teamwork Award for dedication to student achievement through volunteerism. In 2012, she was nominated for CSUN's Distinguished Teaching Award. She holds both a B.A. in Liberal Studies and an M.A. in Education from Occidental College, plus a Ph.D. in Education (with a specialization in Learning and Instruction) from UCLA. She taught elementary school for fourteen years, frequently serving as both a mentor teacher and supervising teacher for CSUN and UCLA student teachers. She was an instructor with UCLA's Teacher Education Laboratory (now Center X) for five years and was the founder of the International Reading Association's Phonics Special Interest Group. For many years, Dr. Gordon has served as a volunteer trainer for KOREH LA, a non-profit community organization that trains literacy volunteers to work with struggling readers in LAUSD public schools.

Dr. Gordon is the author of numerous scholarly articles. She has written on the topics of school reform, teacher efficacy, classroom management, teacher education in reading, dyslexia, kindergarten, language proficiency of teacher candidates, and phonics. In 2009, Scholastic published her teacher resource book, The Big Collection of Phonics Flipbooks, a collection of reproducible hands-on phonics flipbook patterns, dictation sheets, and 21 phonics assessments designed to meet the needs of beginning and struggling readers. In 2013, her popular article How to Write a Lesson Plan was published as a Kindle ebook. Her most recent research paper, Twins and Kindergarten Separation: Divergent Beliefs of Principals, Teachers, Parents, and Twins, was published by Educational Policy (a SAGE journal).

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