Bruyère, J. & Pendergrass, E. (Expected 2022). The Anti-Script: Critical Literacy in Pre-Service Teaching Programs. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Book Chapters

Pendergrass, E. & Broemmel, A. (in press). Reading Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. In R. Milner & J. Bennett (Eds.). Teaching and Teacher Education Volume of Winn, M. & Winn, L. (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Social Justice in Education series. Bloomsbury Publishing.

Hundley, M., Jocius, R., & Pendergrass, E. (2019). Rethinking Writing Pedagogy: Supporting Preservice and Inservice Teachers’ Digital and Multimodal Writing Practices. In Participatory Literacy Practices for P-12 Classrooms in the Digital Age.

Selected Articles

Bruyère, J. & Pendergrass, E. (2020). Are your students writing or authoring? Young author’s milieux. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Pendergrass, E., Reynolds, D., & Lantos, T. (2018). “I Felt Like my Brain Was Going to Explode”: Positioning Beginning Teachers as Struggling Readers. Literacy Practice and Research.

Stewart, T. T. & Pendergrass, E. (2015). Reading motivation, and the power of social relationships: Learning from middle school students in a title I classroom. Georgia Journal of Reading of the International Reading Association, 38(1). 25-31.

Pendergrass, E. (2013-14). Differentiation: It starts with pre-assessment. Educational Leadership, 71(4). Available at (Circulation of 160,000+).

Pendergrass, E. (2010). Privileges not normally extended to struggling readers: Building success in the classroom. Reading in the Middle, Fall 2010.

Pendergrass, E. (2010). First opinion: Stone Conversations. First Opinions-Second Reactions, 3(2). Available at

Pendergrass, E. (2009). “At-Risk” students become empowered teachers: Students teaching their expertise to classmates. Journal of Teacher Research, 2. Available at

Pendergrass, E. (2008). Using pop-culture novels to promote engagement. Signal:  The Journal of the IRA Special Interest Group on Literature for the Adolescent Reader, XXXI (2), 12-15.

Invited Blog Posts

Pendergrass, E. (June 2021). June Weekend Picks (a series of 4 blog posts about what to read over the summer to prepare for school year).

Pendergrass, E. (December 9, 2020). YA Lit and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Hundley, M., & Pendergrass, E. (March 23, 2020). Pandemic and Epidemic YA Lit.

Pendergrass, E. (March 26, 2019). Gun Violence in YA Novels.

Pendergrass, E. (March 22, 2017). Harry Potter and the Transmedia Immersive Literature Class. YA Wednesday. Available at

Pendergrass, E. (November 21, 2014). It Takes a Village. Nerdy Book Club. Available at (NBC has over 5000 followers)

Online Contributions/In the News

Get to Know the New Faculty Heads of House

Reynolds, J. (2017, October 6). How to improve literacy scores: Trust teachers, make reading relevant.

Barnett, C. (2017, March 14) Students spend spring break studying Harry Potter in England.

Brasher, J. (2014, December 9). 20 fun learning activities for the holiday break. Vanderbilt News. My contribution was generating a list of activities that children could engage in over the holidays to take advantage of all learning opportunities.

Johnston, J. (2014, November 21). Teaching as a team sport boosts student performance.

Brasher, J. (2014, March 20). Harry Potter themed psychology class travels to England.

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