Alina Reznitskaya

Scholarly Interests and Specialties

  • Designing and evaluating professional development programs that help teachers improve the quality of classroom discourse
  • Investigating the role social interaction plays in cognitive development
  • Developing and evaluating assessment instruments that can effectively measure the quality of classroom interactions and related higher-order educational outcomes, such as student argument literacy

Professional Association Memberships

  • American Educational Research Association

Reviewer for the following professional journals

  • Discourse Processes
  • Learning and Instruction
  • Cognitive Development
  • Learning and Individual Differences
  • Canadian Journal of Education
  • Journal of Positive Psychology
  • Journal of Experimental Education 

Other Types of Reviews

  • Educational Testing Service - Reviewer of the design of writing assessments
  • American Educational Research Association - Reviewer of conference proposals
  • Allyn & Bacon, Boston - Textbook reviewer

Work With Schools and Other Agencies

Dr. Alina Reznitskaya is a Co-Principal Investigator on a 3-year grant awarded by the Institute of Educational Sciences, US Department of Education. The project is entitled “Dialogic Teaching: Professional Development in Classroom Discussion to Improve Students’ Argument Literacy.” Its goal is to produce a professional development program in dialogic teaching to foster teachers’ knowledge, skills, and expertise in how to conduct classroom discussions about text to promote students’ argument literacy. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Ohio State University (OSU). During the project, teachers from Grade 5 classrooms will work in study groups. They will collaborate with researchers to learn about classroom talk, discussion, and reasoning, as well as to develop the materials for the professional development program for future teachers. The total amount of the award is $1,447,711.