College of Education and Human Development

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Crystal Wise

  • Assistant Professor in Elementary Literacy Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction
    125 Peik Hall
    159 Pillsbury Drive SE
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

Crystal Wise

Areas of interest

Wise’s current research in early literacy is focused on better understanding how young children ascertain the meaning of unfamiliar words from context using culturally and linguistically responsive methods to develop vocabulary assessments and instructional approaches.


Indiana University Bloomington, BS Elementary Education 
Indiana University Northwest, MS Educational Leadership 
Harvard University, EdM Language and Literacy
University of Michigan, PhD Educational Studies, Literacy, Language, and Culture, Graduate Certificate in African American Studies


Dr. Wise’s work as a kindergarten and second-grade teacher informs her research and post-secondary teaching in early literacy, culturally responsive pedagogies, and historical and contemporary literacy practices of African Americans.

Courses Taught

CI 8461: Sociocultural Theory, Education, and Literacy


  • Fellow, STAR Mentoring Program, Literacy Research Association, 2022 - 2024
  • Stanley E. and Ruth B. Dimond Best Dissertation Award, University of Michigan School of Education, 2019


  • American Educational Research Association
  • American Educational Studies Association
  • Children’s Literature Association
  • Literacy Research Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Reading

In the News

Professor Nell Duke and SOE Alumnae Assess Reading Instruction for Right to Read Lawsuit, University of Michigan News, February, 2020

Raising Info-Kids!: Using and Creating Informational Texts at Home, PBS Kids, July, 2019


Wright, T. S., Cervetti, G. N., Wise, C.N., & McClung, N. A. (2022). The impact of knowledge-building through conceptually-coherent read-alouds on vocabulary and listening comprehension. Reading Psychology.

Wise, C. N. (2020). (A) Political Prince: An analysis of Prince's political consciousness. Spectrum: A Journal on Black Men, 7(2), 3-26.

*Revelle, K. Z., *Wise, C. N., Duke, N. K., & Halvorsen, A-L. (2020). Realizing the promise of project-based learning. The Reading Teacher, 73(6), 697-710.

Wise, C. N. & Duke, N. K. (2019). Recipes to road maps: Fun ways to learn from everyday information. Teaching Young Children, 13(2), 26.

Duke, N. K., Cervetti, G. N., & Wise, C. N. (2018). Learning from exemplary teachers of literacy. The Reading Teacher, 71(4), 395-400.