Diane Kern


Dr. Diane Kern is a Professor in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island, USA. She is the program coordinator for the Secondary English Language Arts Education program and teaches courses in education psychology, classroom management, disciplinary literacy, and English language arts teaching methods.

Previously, she taught for fourteen years in public schools in urban, suburban and rural school districts located in Florida and Rhode Island.

Her research interests include bridging the gap between research and literacy teacher
education, standards for the preparation of literacy professionals, developing her own and teachers’ cultural competence, and increasing access to college and teacher education programs for people who have been traditionally marginalized or under-represented in the profession.


  • Literacy and English Language Arts teacher education
  • Standards for the preparation of literacy professionals
  • Roles of literacy professionals
  • Intercultural competence
  • Social justice in teacher preparation


  • Ph.D., Education, The University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College, 2003
  • M.A., Reading Education, University of Rhode Island, 1992
  • B.A. Secondary English Education/Elementary Education/English, University of Rhode Island, 1984

Selected Publications

Kern, D., Morewood, A., Dagen, A. S., Martinez, M., DeJulio, S., Harmon, J., & Sailors, M. (2020). Teacher preparation is hot and should be! In E. Ortlieb, S. Grote-Garcia, J. Cassidy, & E. H. Cheek (Eds.), What’s hot in literacy: Exemplar models of effective practice, Vol 11, (pp. 95-110). Emerald Publishing, Ltd. DOI:10.1108/S2048-045820200000011009.

Kern, D., Bean, R. M., Dagen, A. S., DeVries, B., Dodge, A., Goatley, V., Ippolito, J.H.,
Perkins, J. H., & Walker-Dalhouse, D. (2018). Preparing reading/literacy specialists to meet changes and challenges: International Literacy Association’s Standards 2017. Literacy Research and Instruction, 57(3), 209-231, DOI: 10.1080/19388071.2018.1453899

Kern, D., & Bean, R.M. (2018) ILA Standards 2017: Key notions, challenges, and opportunities for middle and high school classroom teachers. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 62(1), 89-94, DOI: 10.1002/jaal.875

Kern, D. (2018). CliffsTestPrep Praxis II: Principles of Learning and Teaching, 3rd ed. Edison, NJ: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Kern, D. (2016). CliffsTestPrep Praxis II: English Subject Area Assessments, 3rd ed. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Bean, R., Kern, D., Goatley, V., Ortlieb, E., Shettel, J., Calo, K., Marinak, B., Sturtevant, E., Elish-Piper, L., L’Allier, S., Lane, M., Frost, S., Mason, P., Quatroche, D., Cassidy, J. (2015). Specialized literacy professionals as literacy leaders: Results of a national survey. Literacy Research and Instruction, Taylor & Francis, 1-32, DOI 10.1080/19388071.2014.998355.

Kern, D. (2014). Common Core-less?: A critical review of the Common Core State Standards research. New England Reading Association Journal, 50(1), 75-77.

Kern, D. (2013). Zombie ideas in education: High-stakes testing and graduation policies. New England Reading Association Journal, 49(1), 96-99.

International Literacy Association (2018). Standards for the preparation of literacy
professionals 2017. Newark, DE: Author. Diane Kern, Co-chair of Standards 2017.