Thomas H. Estes, President
Tom holds the distinction of Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia. From 1970 to 2001, he served as professor of Reading Education in the Curry School of Education, University of Virginia. Previously he was a teacher of English at the high school level and worked as a reading specialist in an elementary school.
During his tenure at the University he was engaged in research related to how children learn to read, focusing on how they acquire the ability to read for the purpose of learning. In December 1988, he received the Albert J. Kingston Award of the National Reading Conference in recognition of his outstanding service to the organization and profession.
He was principal investigator on an NIE/NSF research project on the relationship between text structure and comprehension. He was for seven years director of a governor’s project to train teachers as resources for reading to learn in middle and secondary schools. He directed a grant from the Dwight D. Eisenhower Professional Development Program entitled “Enhancing Elementary Science Teaching Through an Intensive Program for Professional Development in Integrated Science and Language Teaching.”
He is author of Reading and Learning in the Content Classroom, 2nd edition (1985) and Reading and Reasoning Beyond the Primary Grades (1986), both published by Allyn & Bacon. He is author of Instruction: A Models Approach, 5th edition (2007), also published by Allyn & Bacon, which includes a seminal chapter on a model of vocabulary acquisition grounded in patterns of meaning in words. He has also written or coauthored several additional books, written numerous articles, and delivered many conference presentations on the psychology and pedagogy of reading.
His professional interests encompass the teaching of reading at all age and grade levels, particularly the processes of comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. He holds a BS in English Education from the University of North Texas, and an MEd and PhD from Syracuse University with a specialty in Reading and Language Arts.