Faculty Profile

Barbara Kurth, Mrs.

Reading Instructor

Meier Hall 109


Barbara Kurth joined the Valparaiso University faculty in August, 2011.  During her career in education she has taught middle school reading, worked as a reading specialist at both the elementary and middle school levels, served as Curriculum Director and Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, served as an Early Reading Specialist for the Illinois State Board of Education and worked as an Independent Reading Consultant.  She has served as an editorial Board Member for the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, and The Reading Teacher, member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Illinois Reading Council Journal, and editor for Middle School Journal.  Barbara was a member of the site team for the U.S. Department of Education’s Staff Development Award and the recipient of the IASCD Innovators in Education and Professional Development Award.  


M.Ed - National Louis University 1996
B.A. - Northeastern Illinois State University 1970


Type 75, State of Illinois, Administrative General Supervisory

Type 03, State of Illinois, Elementary, Grades K-9 with Reading Endorsement

Type 09, State of Illinois, Secondary Grades 6-12, Teaching License in Language Arts, English, History, Political Science and Sociology. 

Areas of Specialization

Elementary Reading

Reading Assessment

Service Learning

Best Practices for Teaching Reading for Administrators

Courses Taught

Foundations in Emergent and Early Literacy

Literacy in the Elementary School

Literacy in Socio-Cultural Contexts

Research Interests

Service Learning - Learning by Doing

Current Research

Reading Intervention using the RTI Model

Professional Affiliations

  • International Reading Association (IRA)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • Illinois Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (IASCD)