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Assistant Professor
Middle, Secondary, and Math Education


Dr. Sarah Lupo is an Assistant Professor in the Middle, Secondary, and Math Department at James Madison University. Dr. Lupo received her bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and a Masters and Ph.D. in literacy education from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lupo has fourteen years of experience as an English teacher, ESL teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach. Dr. Lupo has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school level and in Washington D.C., Istanbul, Turkey, Phoenix, AZ, and Charlottesville, VA.

Dr. Lupo was named a Reading Hall of Fame Emerging Scholars Fellow and AERA Divison C New Faculty Fellow. She is a recipient of the Major Parker Fellowship Endowment of the College of Education, winner of the Jeanne Chall Fellowship from the International Literacy Association (ILA), and a finalist for ILA’s dissertation of the year competition. Her work has been published in Literacy Today, Journal of Adult and Adolescent Literacy (JAAL), Literacy Research: Theory, Methods, and Practice, and Reading in Virginia. Her research focuses on exploring the influence of text complexity on readers’ comprehension and how instruction can be differentiated to support all readers’ comprehension of challenging texts across the content areas. Dr. Lupo strives to put theory into practice to find practical ways teachers can improve comprehension and writing instruction for K-12 students across the content areas in order to enhance literacy instruction for all students, especially English Language Learners, students identified as struggling readers, and students from nontraditional backgrounds.


Lupo, S. M., Conradi, K., & Strong, J. Z. (in press). Struggle is not a bad word: Misconceptions about readers struggling with difficult texts.  Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.

Lupo, S. M., & Strong, J. Z. (in press). Reading comprehension: Helping handout for teachers. In G. Bear & K. Minke (Eds), Helping Children at Home and School IV: Handouts for Families and Educators. National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Publication.

Pedagno, M., & Lupo, S. M. (2018). Falling in love with reading: Developing a community of readers in a 9th grade remedial reading class. Reading in Virginia.

Lupo, S. M., Strong, J. Z., Lewis, W., Walpole, S., & McKenna, M. C (2018). Building background knowledge through reading: Rethinking text sets. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 61, 433-444.

Lupo, S. M., Jang, B. G., McKenna, M. C. (2017). Relationship between reading achievement and attitudes toward print and digital texts in adolescent readers. Literacy Research: Theory, Methods, & Practice, 66, 264-268.

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