Department of Teaching & Learning
Ed.D., Vanderbilt University
6401 Airline Rd
Dr. Jill Allor is a professor with the Department of Teaching and Learning and recognized as a University Distinguished Professor. She received her Ed.D. in special education with an emphasis on reading and reading disabilities from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University in 1996. A former special education teacher, her research is school-based and focuses on reading acquisition for students with and without disabilities, including students with learning disabilities and intellectual disabilities. Prior to arriving at SMU in 2004, she held faculty appointments at Florida State University and Louisiana State University.
Dr. Allor is the author or co-author of numerous articles and several curricular materials. She was awarded the 2000 Award for Outstanding Research by the Council on Learning Disabilities and is the co-recipient of the Best Article in Learning Disabilities Research and Practice for 1999. She is also the co-recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Proud Project, which was awarded by the Learning Disabilities Association of America. She has delivered numerous teacher/staff development programs on a wide variety of topics, including peer tutoring, early literacy development, phonemic awareness instruction, literacy assessment, and other literacy instructional techniques.
Currently, Dr. Allor is the principal investigator on the federally-funded research grant, Project Intensity: The Development of a Supplemental Literacy Program Designed to Provide Extensive Practice with Multiple-Criteria Text for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (R324A130102 from the Institute of Education Sciences). The purpose of the grant is to develop (or select) carefully designed texts and application lessons to provide students who are struggling to learn to read, particularly those with intellectual disabilities, with (a) focused opportunities to develop listening and reading comprehension, (b) additional cumulative review of key skills, and (c) explicit instruction in the transfer and application of skills to text. Emerging research in this area is encouraging and points to the need for intensive integrated cumulative review and transfer of skills to connect text. Connected text is needed that carefully sequences word structures and facilitates the development of comprehension and oral language.
Selected Articles and Book Chapters
Lemons, C. J., Allor, J. H., Al Otaiba, S., LeJeune, L. M. (in press). Ten research-based tips for enhancing literacy instruction for children and adolescents with intellectual disability. Teaching Exceptional Children.
Jones, G. F., Gifford, D. B., Yovanoff, P., Al Otaiba, S. Levy, D., & Allor, J. (in press). Alternate assessment formats for progress monitoring students with intellectual disabilities and below average intelligence quotients: An exploratory study. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities.
Allor, J. H. & Stokes, L. (2017) Measuring treatment fidelity with reliability and validity across a program of intervention research: Practical and theoretical considerations. In G. Roberts, S. Vaughn, S. N. Beretvas, & V. Wong (Eds.), Measuring and Modeling Treatment Fidelity in Studies of Educational Intervention, New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
Al Otaiba, S., Allor, J. H., Werfel, K.M. & Clemens, N. (2016) Critical components of phonemic awareness instruction and intervention: Recommendations for teacher training and for future research. To appear in R. Schiff & M. Joshi (Eds.) Interventions in Learning Disabilities: A Handbook on Systematic Training Programs for Individuals with Learning Disabilities. New York: Springer Science.
Al Otaiba, S., Allor, J. H., Ortiz, M., Greulich, L., Wanzek, J., & Torgesen, J. (2016). Tier 3 primary grade reading interventions: Can we distinguish necessary from sufficient? In S. R. Jimerson, M. K. Burns, & A. M. VanDerHeyden (Eds.), Handbook of response to intervention: The science and practice of multi-tiered systems of support (2nd ed.) (pp.389-406). New York: Springer Science.
Stokes, L., & Allor, J. H. (2016). A power analysis for fidelity measurement sample size determination.Psychological Methods, 21(1), 35-46. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/met000006
Cheatham, J. P. & Allor, J. H. (2014). How does independent practice of multiple-criteria text influence the reading performance and development of second graders? Learning Disability Quarterly, 37, 3-14.DOI 10.1177/0731948713494016
Allor, J. H., Mathes, P., Roberts, K., Cheatham, J. P., & Al Otaiba, S. (2014). Is scientifically-based reading instruction effective for students with Below-Average IQs? Exceptional Children.
Allor, J. H., Al Otaiba, S., Folsom, J., & Ortiz, M. (2014). Comprehensive Beginning Reading. To appear in D. M. Browder, & F. Spooner (Eds.), MORE Language Arts, Math, and Science for Students with Severe Disabilities. Baltimore, MD: Brookes.
Al Otaiba, S., Allor, J., Ortiz, M., Greulich, L., Wanzek, J., & Torgesen, J. (2014). Tier 3 Primary Grade Reading Interventions: Can We Distinguish Necessary from Sufficient? To appear in M. K. Burns, & A. M. Van der Heyden (Eds.), The handbook of response to intervention: The science and practice of assessment and intervention, Second edition. New York, NY: Springer.
Allor, J. H., & Al Otaiba, S. (2013). Strategies for improving student outcomes in emergent reading: Advances in the field of early literacy instruction. In D. Chard, M. Tankersley, and B. Cook (Eds.), Effective Practices in Special Education (pp. 11-23). Boston, MA: Pearson.
Allor, J. H., Gifford, D. B., Al Otaiba, S., Miller, S. J., & Cheatham, J. P. (2013). Teaching students with intellectual disability to integrate reading skills: Effects of Text and Text-Based Lessons. Remedial and Special Education, 34, 346-356. DOI 10.1177/0741932513494020.
Cheatham, J. P. & Allor, J. H. (2013). How does independent practice of multiple-criteria text influence the reading performance and development of second graders? Learning Disability Quarterly, available online 7 August 2013. DOI 10.1177/0731948713494016
Cheatham, J. P. & Allor, J. H. (2012). The influence of decodability in early reading text on reading achievement: A review of the evidence. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 25, 2223-2246. DOI 10.1007/s11145-011-9355-2.
Allor, J. H., Al Otaiba, S., & Folsom, J. (2011). Literacy development and language acquisition. In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Education. Ed. Jim Guthrie and Patrick Schuermann. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbiliographiesonline.com.
Allor, J. H., & Chard, D. J. (2011). A comprehensive approach to improving reading fluency for students with disabilities. Focus on Exceptional Children, 43, 1-12.
Allor, J. H., Champlin, T. M., Gifford, D. B., & Mathes, P. G. (2010). Methods for increasing the intensity of reading instruction for students with intellectual disabilities. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 45, 500-511.
Allor, J. H., Mathes, P. G., Roberts, J. K., Cheatham, J. P, & Champlin, T. M. (2010). Comprehensive reading instruction for students with intellectual disabilities: Findings from the first three years of a longitudinal study. Psychology in the Schools, 47, 445-466.
Allor, J. H., Mathes, P. G., Jones, F. G., Champlin, T. M., & Cheatham, J. P. (2010). Individualized research-based reading instruction for students with intellectual disabilities. TEACHING Exceptional Children, 42, 6-12.
Allor, J. H., Mathes, P. G., Roberts, J. K., Jones, F. G., & Champlin, T. M. (2010). Teaching students with moderate intellectual disabilities to read: An experimental examination of a comprehensive reading intervention. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 45, 3-22.
Allor, J. H., Mathes, P. G., Champlin, T. M., & Cheatham, J. P. (2009). Research-based techniques for teaching early reading skills to students with intellectual disabilities. Education and Training in Developmental Disabilities, 44, 356-366.
Benner, G. J., Nelson, J. R., Allor, J. H., Mooney, P., & Dai, T. (2008). Academic processing speed mediates the influence of both externalizing behavior and language skills on the academic skills of students with emotional disturbance. Journal of Behavioral Education, 17, 63-78.
Benner, G. J., Allor, J. H., & Mooney, P. (2008) An investigation of the academic processing speed of students with emotional and behavioral disorders served in public school settings. Education and Treatment of Children, 31,307-332.
Allor, J. H., Cheek, E., Smith, P., & Schorzmann, E. (2006). Considering tutors’ perspectives: Implications for struggling readers. Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 22, 357-374.
Allor, J. H., Gansle, K. A., & Denny, R. K. (2006). The Stop and Go Game: The effects of modeling, practice, and feedback on phonemic awareness segmentation tasks. Preventing School Failure, 50, 23-30.
Allor, J. H., & McCathren, R. B. (2004). The efficacy of an early literacy tutoring program implemented by college students. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 19, 116-129.
Allor, J. H., & McCathren, R. B. (2003). Developing emergent literacy skills through storybook reading. Intervention in School and Clinic, 39 (2), 72-79.
Allor, J. H. (2002). The relationships of phonemic awareness and rapid naming to reading development. Learning Disability Quarterly. 25, 47-57. *2000 Award for Outstanding Research, The Council for Learning Disabilities. Presented at the International Conference on Learning Disabilities, October, 2000.
McCathren, R. B., & Allor, J. H. (2002). Using storybooks with preschool children: Enhancing language and literacy. Young Exceptional Children, 5(4), 3-10.
Allor, J. H., Fuchs, D., & Mathes, P. G. (2001). Do students with and without lexical retrieval weaknesses respond differently to instruction? Journal of Learning Disabilities, 34, 264-275.
Mathes, P. G., Torgesen, J. K., & Allor, J. H. (2001). The effects of Peer Assisted Learning Strategies for First Grade Readers with and without additional computer assisted instruction in phonological awareness. American Educational Research Journal, 38, 371-410.
Mathes, P. G., Grek, M. L., Howard, J. K., Babyak, A. E., & Allen, S. H. (1999). Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies for First-Grade Readers: A tool for preventing early reading failure. Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 14(1), 50-60. *Winner of the Samuel Kirk Award (for the best research-to-practice article in Learning Disabilities Research and Practice for 1999), awarded by the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Learning Disabilities.
Howard, J. K., Fuchs, D., & Mathes, P. G. (1999). What is lexical retrieval and why might it be important? In T.E. Citro (Ed.). Parenting the Child with a Learning Disability: The Experts Speak (pp. 77-82). Weston, MA: Learning Disabilities Association of Massachusetts. *Recipient of the 1999 Outstanding Proud Project by the Learning Disabilities Association of America.
Mathes, P. G., Howard, J. K., & Allen, S. H., & Fuchs, D. (1998). Peer-Assisted Learning Strategies for First-Grade Readers: Responding to the needs of diverse learners. Reading Research Quarterly, 33, 62-94.
Allor, J.H., Mathes, P.G., & Jones, F.G. (2012). Early Interventions in Reading: Level K. Columbus, OH: SRA/McGraw-Hill.
Allor, J.H., & Minden-Cupp, C. (2009). Bookshop Phonics Intervention. New York, New York: Mondo.
Allor, J.H., & Minden-Cupp, C. (2007). Bookshop Phonics for Kindergarten. New York, New York: Mondo.
Allor, J.H., & Minden-Cupp, C. (2007). Bookshop Phonics for First Grade. New York, New York: Mondo.
Mathes, P.G., & Allor, J.H. (2001). Teacher-Directed PALS: Paths to Achieving Literacy Success. Longmont, CO: Sopris West.
Mathes, P.G., Torgesen, J.K., Allen, S.H., & Allor, J.H. (2001). First-Grade PALS: Peer-Assisted Literacy Strategies. Longmont, CO: Sopris West.