Instructor: Therese Kiley

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Therese earned her EdD from Illinois State University in 1991. Her primary higher education teaching emphases focus on Literacy/Reading and Writing, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Gifted Education, Special Education, Teacher Education, Assessment and Evaluation, Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Development and Educational Leadership.

She co-authored two books with her colleague, Dr. Rita Jensen. Teaching, Leading and Learning: Becoming Caring Professionals was published in 2000; the publisher is Houghton Mifflin Company. The more recent Teaching, Leading, and Learning in Pre-K - 8 Settings: Strategies for Success (2nd ed.) became available in June, 2004 (a 2005 publication; Houghton Mifflin Company). This second edition is accompanied by a powerful web site and an instructor's manual. To request a review copy, please visit

Dr. Kiley has published over 30 refereed professional papers and has presented and keynoted at over 500 international, national, state, and regional conferences. Her wide-ranging teaching experiences have included working with learners of all ages - from birth through the doctoral level. One of her most rewarding positions involved teaching in a Parent Child Unit (PCU) Program at Metcalf Laboratory School, Illinois State University, from 1982 to 1990.

From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Kiley chaired the Teacher Education Department at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota and taught both undergraduate and graduate courses. She also served as Director of the Master of Arts of Teaching Program in the Graduate School of Education. Before moving to St. Paul, she taught at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois for ten years.

Dr. Kiley joined the Western Illinois University Curriculum and Instruction Department in August of 2004. Housed at the Quad Cities campus, Dr. Kiley taught courses in the undergraduate and graduate reading programs. During the summer of 2006, Dr. Kiley was selected to serve as the Coordinator of the Honors Program at Western Illinois University's Quad Cities campus.

Classes by this instructor

T&L 2900: VIR: Parent and Community Outreach/Involvement
Creating partnerships with the home, community organizations, and businesses, as well as setting up collaborative structures both within and outside the school, can positively impact instruction and learning. This pathway will explain the importance of and define strategies in order to foster these partnerships, and effective communication and implementation structures to ensure that your planning goes beyond the brainstorming phase.
June 1, 2021 to June 1, 2023
T&L 2900: VIR: Special Education Basics
Understanding learning disabilities and providing accommodations for students is an integral part of education. These modules focus on the basics of special education, with an emphasis on explaining all the jargon and acronyms that make up the special education world.
June 1, 2021 to June 1, 2023