FACULTY

Carolyn Theard-Griggs, EdD

Associate Professor of Curriculum, Language and Literacy

Department Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Diversity


College of Graduate and Innovative Programs

Dr. Carolyn Theard-Griggs is an Associate Professor at Concordia University Chicago and Department Chair of the Department of Teaching, Learning, & Diversity at Concordia University.  As department chair, she is responsible for and provides oversight of the following programs: ESL, TESOL, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Differentiated Instruction, and Teaching and Learning.  Dr. Theard-Griggs holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University.  Prior to teaching in higher education, she was a classroom teacher, grades K-3, for 10 years.  She also served as an instructional coach, team leader, and curriculum developer. Her research interests include parental involvement in elementary schools, culturally responsive teaching, second language acquisition, instructional coaching, teacher leadership, differentiated instruction and curriculum development

Degrees

  • EdD, Curriculum and Instruction. Loyola University, Chicago.
  • MEd, Curriculum and Instruction. National-Louis University, Chicago.
  • BS, Elementary Education. University of Illinois, Champaign, Ill.

Academic and Professional Highlights

Professional Development

  • Theard, C.  (October 1999).  Action research in the classroom.  National-Louis University, Evanston, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Mull, T.  (March 2002). Culturally responsive teaching, K-5.  Oak Park and River Forest Elementary Education District’s Teacher Institute Day, Oak Park, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C.  (April 2006). Effective learning environments.   National Seminar, ETA/Cuisenaire, Tinley Park, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (May 2006). Integrating math and science in the curriculum. Mt. Greenwood In-service Day, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (May 2006). Family literacy.  Jefferson County Schools Professional Development Day, Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (November 2006). Spelling as part of literacy.  Brevard County Schools In-service Day, Brevard, Florida.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (November 2006). City Steps:  A literacy curriculum for early childhood education.  Chicago Public Schools Professional Development Day, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (December 2006). Writing Destinations:  A writing curriculum. Chicago Public Schools Professional Development Day, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (April 2008). Writing Destinations: Persuasive and expository writing. Orozco Academy In-Service Day, Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Leli, C. (August 2011).  Busting the four hour block.  CAFÉ 2011, Concordia University Chicago.  River Forest, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Dumetz, D.D. (June 2012).  Common Core in the classroom:  Summer Institute.  Woodlawn Community Children’s Promise.  Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Wellen, L. (May, 2012).  Online course development .  Early Childhood Adjuncts:  Concordia University. River Forest, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (January, 2013). Preparing for the ISAT.  Common Core Saturday School, McKay Elementary School. Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (May, 2013).  So you want to be a professor.  Owen Scholastic Academy Career Day.  Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (September, 2013).  What do parents need to know about the common core?  Owen Scholastic Academy Parent Workshop.  Chicago, Illinois.

Conference Presentations

  • Theard-Griggs, C.  (November 2003). The legacy of leadership.  National Alliance of Black School Educators 31st Annual Conference.  Dallas, Texas.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Dumetz, D.D. (April 2006). Bridging the divide:  Literacy in early childhood classrooms.  International Reading Association.  Washington D.C.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (August 2006). Using phonological awareness in early reading.  D.C. Reading First Initiative.  Washington D.C.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (January 2007). Inch-by-Inch:  Using manipulatives to foster young children’s mathematical thinking.  Chicago Metro AEYC Opening Minds Conference. Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Griggs, C. (February 2007).  Developing thoughtful writers through dynamic vocabulary.  Chicago Principals and Administrators Association Annual Conference.  Chicago, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C., Griggs C., & Morris, S. (October 2011).  Baggie books: Parental  involvement with literacy.  Concordia University/West Suburban Reading Council 36th Reading Conference.  River Forest, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C., Griggs C., & Morris, S. (November 2011).  Baggie books: Promoting parent collaboration in literacy development.  National Association of Multicultural Education Conference.  Chicago, Illinois.

  • Grigsby, Y, Morgenthaler, S., Ricketts, U., & Theard-Griggs, C.  (January 2012).  Identifying social factors necessary for successful cultural and academic engagement for Amerasian youth in Okinawa.  Hawaii International Conference on Education.  Honolulu, Hawaii.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (October 2012).  Differentiated instruction:  A practical look at meeting the needs of all learners.  Concordia University/West Suburban Reading Council 37th Reading Conference.  River Forest, Illinois.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (November 2012).  Differentiated instruction through learning profiles. National Association of Multicultural Education Conference.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Theard-Griggs, C. (November 2013).  Parental involvement and the Common Core State Standards:  English Language Arts. National Association of Multicultural Education Conference.  Oakland, California.

  • Theard-Griggs, C., & Lilly, C. (October 2013).  Brain based learning and digital instruction.  Concordia University/West Suburban Reading Council 37th Reading Conference.  River Forest, Illinois.

  • Grigsby, Y., Lilly, C., & Theard-Griggs C. (May 2014).  Internationalizing a small private university:  Growing pains and gains.  NAFSA:  Association of International Educators.  San Diego, California.

  • Theard-Griggs and Lilly, C. (September 2014). Digital Storytelling in a Multi-Literate Classroom.  Concordia/West Suburban Reading Council 38th, River Forest, Illinois.

Grants Awarded

  • Summer Research Faculty Research Grant, 2013: 

    What parents need to know about the Common Core State Standards: 
    English Language Arts    
    $1200

  • Legacy Foundation Grant through Randall Children’s Hospital, 2012-2014:

    Benefits of Preoperative Education                                                                                          $22,000

Publications

  • Theard-Griggs, C. & Bright, M. (2007) Classroom Jeopardy!:  Meeting Illinois Reading Standards Teacher  Notes.  Vernon Hills, IL:  ETA/Cuisenaire.

  • Carry, D.D. (Author) & Theard-Griggs, C. (Contributing Writer). (2008)  Writing Destinations:  Developing Thoughtful Writers Through Dynamic Vocabulary.  Vernon Hills, IL:  ETA/Cuisenaire.

  • Theard-Griggs, C., & Lilly, C. (March, 2014). The emerging role of the librarian:  Teacher advocate and instructional coach.  School Library Monthly.