Texas A&M-Commerce - Dr. Martha Foote


Dr. Martha FooteDr. Martha Foote
Curriculum & Instruction
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011, Commerce, TX 75429


Doctor of Education, University of North Texas
Major: Early Childhood Education
Minor: Reading
Dissertation: The Development of Curiosity in Three-, Four-, and
Five-year-old Children; Major Professor: Dr. Velma E. Schmidt

Master of Education, East Texas State University
Major: Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Science, East Texas State University
Major: Elementary Education; Minor: English


Current responsibilities as faculty are to teach masters and doctoral level courses, serve as program coordinator for the Cohort of Rockwall Educators’ (CORE) Masters Cohort; and advise and mentor doctoral students. Previously, I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in ECE, ELED, and Reading. Center Coordinator for the Plano Center for Professional Development and Technology, Spring 1997 – Spring 2001.

Doctoral Level Courses Taught

Master’s Level Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses Taught

Research,Recent Publications


Foote, M, Falk-Ross, F, Szabo, S, & Sampson, M. B.; (co-editors). (2008). Charting the Literacy Waters: Research, Praxis, & Advocacy, College Reading Association.

Sampson, M. B., Linder, P. E., Falk-Ross, F., Foote, M., & Szabo, S., (2007) Multiple Literacies. (Co-editors) . College Reading Association.


Walker, C., Zeek, C.K., & Foote, M. (2008).“ Re-Creating Teacher Education through Long-Term Partnerships” In I. N. Guadarrama, J. M. Ramsey, and J. L. Nath (Eds.) University and School Connections: Research Studies in Professional Development Schools. Charlotte, NC, Information Age Publishing, Inc. ,203-220.

Jones, A., Torti, C., & Foote, M., (2007) “What’s in that egg? A preschool project based on the Reggio Emilia Learning Theory,” Supporting Student Success, 73-78.
Cordell, M. & Foote, M. (Fall, 2006) “Supporting Young Children Through Hurricane Disaster”, Texas Childcare Quarterly, 16-23.

Walker, Zeek, & Foote, (Summer, 2002) “Looking with New Eyes: Making the Pursuit of Equity Personal” The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 28-33.

Sampson, M. B. & Foote, M., (2002) Exploring the Evolution of Public  School Teachers’ Perceptions of University/Public School Partnerships: The Quest for Collaborative Preparation of Literacy Teachers.  

Linder, P. & Foote, M., (Winter, 2002) Why Should We Care about Family Literacy? Preservice & Mentor  Teachers’ Awareness. Journal of Reading Education, 27, (2),  8-16.

Zeek, C., Foote, M.,  & Walker, C., (November/December, 2001) Teacher Stories and Transactional Inquiry:    Hearing the Voices of  Mentor Teachers. Journal of Teacher Education, 52, (5), 377-385.


Foote, M, Walker, C., & Green, C., (July 2, 2007) Listo! Sharp & Ready: Strategies for ELL Student Success. A major federal grant awarded to A&M-Commerce from the Office of English Language Acquisition in the U. S. Dept. of Education. Funded for approximately $1.2 million over five years.

Foote, M. One-Time Funding for Enrollment Growth Initiative: Frisco ECE Masters Cohort. Funded through the Provost’s Office, A&M-C, $14,730.

Foote, M. Regents Initiative Grant (2005) funded for $8,300 for the “First Annual Bill Martin Jr. Symposium”.


Foote, M., Green, C., and Walker, C., “Project ¡Listo!, a Faculty Development Initiative to Better   Prepare Teachers to Teach ELLs” College Reading Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, November 7, 2008, Sarasota, FL.

Szabo, S., Sampson, M. B., Foote, M., and Falk-Ross, F., “CRA Yearbook Prospective Authors and Reviewers,” College Reading Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, November 8, 2008, Sarasota, FL.

Foote, M., Hammack, B., Thompson, J. & Garretson, “Learning From Families – Pre-Service Teachers Engaging Families”, College Reading Association 51st Annual Conference, November 3, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Cheatham, J, & Foote, M., “The Bookstore Project: How One ELL Teacher Used Project Work to Promote Reading Volume, College Reading Association 51st Annual Conference, November 2, 2007, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Vasinda, S. & Foote, M., “Inspired Projects within Standards-Based Classrooms”, North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), June, 2007, Santa Monica, CA.

Vasinda, S. & Foote, M., “Finding a Place for Voice, Choice, and Parent Participation in an American Standards-Based Classroom, American Educational Research Association [AERA], April, 11,2006, San Francisco, CA.

Hammack, B., Foote, M., & Garretson, S., “Backpacks to Family Nights: Engaging Families in Quality Activities to Support Student Literacy Success,” College Reading Association, November 5, 2005, Savannah, GA. 

Vasinda, S., Linder, P. & Foote, M., “Documenting Children’s Science and Literacy learning: Both Process and Artifact”, Early Literacy Institute, October 14, 2005, Dallas, TX.


Foote, M. and Boggs, M., 2007 Texas Teachers Forum in Austin, March 4-5.


Co-editor for the College Reading Association’s Yearbook editorial team, 2006 through



Service as Chair of the Doctoral Committees:
2007-Present   Makita Gallipsie, Chair
2007-Present   Ruth Johnson, Chair

Vasinda, S. Reinventing Reggio Through Negotiated Learning: Finding a Place for Voice and Choice in an American Standards-Based Elementary Classroom

Slater, C. Using Arts-Based Representation as a Way of Knowing in a Third Grade Classroom with a Mandated Standards Based Curriculum: A Documentation of the Process

Vornberg, C. Parental Perceptions of Roles, concerns and Issues and the Effects of a Multilingual Family Literacy Program on Reading Comprehension and Writing Fluency in Second Grade LEP and non-LEP Students 

Service on Doctoral Committees:



Contact Info

Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Texas A&M University - Commerce
P. O. Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429
Phone: (903) 886-5413
E-mail: Martha.Foote@tamuc.edu

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