Shailaja Menon

Areas of Interest & Expertise

  • How Children Learn to Read and Write in Indian Languages
  • How Teachers Learn to Teach Literacy
  • Language and Diversity in Multilingual Higher Educational Settings


Shailaja’s area of research and teaching is Language and Literacy. She has been leading Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language programs at Jones International University in the United States for the past two years. Prior to that, she taught at the University of Colorado in the United States for five years.

She has worked for important national research centres in the United States, such as the Centre for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at the University of Michigan, and the Centre on Personnel Studies in Special Education at the University of Florida. She has served as an advisor and reviewer for the Colorado Reading Directorate, the quality-monitoring arm of the Colorado Department of Education for literacy instruction. Currently, she serves as a literacy consultant for the Sri Ratan Tata Trust. She is also associated as a visiting faculty with the M.A. program in Elementary Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

She has her doctorate degree in language, literacy and learning disabilities from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and degrees in human development and psychology from MSU, Baroda, and Delhi University, respectively.

Publications and Writings

  • Menon, S. (2010). The generalizability of the TExT Model to Indic languages. Paper prepared for TExTProject.
  • Menon, S. (2010). Children’s Literature in the West: An Overview. Paper prepared for Eklavya, Bhopal, India.
  • Menon, S., & Hiebert, E.H., (2010). Instructional texts and the fluency of learning disabled readers. In R. Allington & A. McGill-Franzen (Eds.), Handbook of Reading Disability Research (pp. 57 – 67), NY: Longman/​Taylor & Francis.
  • Menon, S., & Hiebert, E. H. (2005). A comparison of first-graders’ reading acquisition with little books or literature anthologies. Reading Research Quarterly, 40(1), 12 — 38.
  • Hiebert, E. H., Martin, L. A., & Menon, S. (2005). Are there alternatives in reading textbooks? An examination of three beginning reading programs. Reading and Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 2132.
  • Kaur, B., Menon, S., & Konantambigi, R. (2001). Childhood and adolescent development research. In J. Pandey (Ed.), Psychology in India Revisited: Developments in the Discipline (pp. 163 – 227). New Delhi: Sage Publications
  • Menon, S., & Hiebert, E. H. (1999). Literature anthologies: the task for first-grade readers. (Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement, Report # 1 – 009). Ann Arbor: CIERA/​University of Michigan.