College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Dr. Amy Hutchison
PhD, Clemson Univeristy
Associate Professor
Division Director, Division of Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education
Elizabeth G. Sturtevant, PhD, Center for Literacy

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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 1506
4400 University Dr.
MS 4B3
Fairfax, VA 22030


Email:, Twitter:@HutchisonAmy

Dr. Hutchison is a Professor and the Director of the Division of Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education at George Mason University.

Dr. Hutchison is passionate about using digital innovations to provide equitable learning opportunities for all students and prepare them for a future that is constantly changed by digital technologies. Accordingly, her scholarship centers around three primary areas of inquiry: (1) Understanding how digital innovations can be used to provide equitable literacy learning opportunities for diverse learners; (2) Understanding and Supporting the Development of STEM literacy among underrepresented students; and (3) Understanding how to prepare teachers to teach computer science through literacy in the elementary grades, with a particular focus on supporting students with disabilities. 

Dr. Hutchison, along with her colleagues, has received over $4 million in funding from agencies and businesses such as National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, and Amazon to conduct research focused on these areas of interest. Insights from her work in the field, and research from the field more broadly, are brought together in her recently published co-authored books and a large body of peer-reviewed research articles. Through her work, Dr. Hutchison explores the complexities of digital literacies and invites others to reconsider the role of digital technology in today’s literacy instruction and to understand the interconnected nature of reading, writing and digital

Dr. Hutchison was recently awarded the 2020 Digital Literacy Game Changer Award by the International Literacy Association, and has previously received research awards from the Literacy Research Association, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Iowa State University, and was the recipient of the Thomas N. Urban Award for outstanding scholarly contributions to education.

Dr. Hutchison hold a PhD in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in digital literacy from Clemson University.

Current funded projects include:

1)    Preparing K-5 Teachers to Integrate the Computer Science Standards of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms to Support Students with High Incidence Disabilities, funded by the National Science Foundation (~$1,000,000);

2)     Coding To Learn Project for enabling primary students to experience a new approach to English learning, funded by the Education Bureau of Hong Kong; and

3)    WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently With Graphic Organizers- Responsive Instruction While Implementing Technology Effectively, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (~$2.5 million).

Research Interests

Dr. Hutchison is the developer and director of The Technology Integration Project, a program designed to support teachers in designing effective and innovative instruction with digital tools:


Fall 2020-2022: PI, Amazon, Understanding the Effectiveness of Teacher Externships in Computer Science as apart of Industry and University Partnerships, ($310,000).

Fall 2018-Fall 2021: PI, Grant from the National Science Foundation. Preparing K-5 Teachers to Integrate the Computer Science Standards of Learning in Inclusive Classrooms to Support Students with High Incidence  Disabilities. Co-PIs: Jamie Colwell, Anna Evmenova, Krisite Guttierez, Jeff Offutt. ($999,436).

Fall 2018-Fall 2023: Co-PI, Grant for the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, WEGO-RIITE: Writing Efficiently With Graphic Organizers- Responsive Instruction While Implementing Technology Effectively. PI: Anna Evmenova, Co-PI: Kelley Reagan. ($2,498,627).

Summer  2018: PI, Grant from the Native-Speaking English Teacher Section of the Education Bureau in Hong Kong. Implementation and Evaluation of the Coding To Learn Project: Enabling Primary Students to Experience A New Approach to English Learning. ($110,017).

Fall 2015: PI, Fellowship awarded by the Center for Educational Transformation. Implementing the Technology Integration Planning Cycle. ($78,898).

Fall 2014: PI, Grant from Iowa Reading Research Center Iowa. Intensive Summer Reading Programs Landscape Assessment. ($80,000).

Fall 2014: PI, Fellowship awarded by the Center for Educational Transformation. Implementation and Evaluation of the Technology Integration Planning Cycle for Literacy and Language Arts. ($63,736).

Spring 2014: Co-PI, Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Epistemic Beliefs and Reading Strategies When Competent High School Readers Select and Learn from Internet Sources. ($10,000).

Fall 2013: Co-PI, Educational Testing Services Grant, Tablet Technology and English Language Assessments for Young Learners: First Steps on an ECD Path. ($120,663).

Spring 2013: PI, Iowa Reading Research Center, Needs Assessment: The State of PK-3 Literacy in Iowa.($79,520).

Spring 2013: Co-PI, Intramural Collaborative Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Improving Teachers Implementation of Movement into the Classroom Through Social Networking Tools. ($24,876).

Fall 2010: PI, Untenured Faculty Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Identifying the Affordances and Constraints of using iPads with Elementary Students for Reading and Responding to Text. ($10,000).

Spring 2010:  Co-PI, Intramural Collaborative Seed Grant, College of Human Sciences, Iowa State University. Advancing Knowledge on the Integration of Information and Communication Technologies for Learning in K-12 Settings. ($25,000).

Spring 2010:  PI, Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching Grant. Developing Leading STEM Elementary Educators Through a Coherent and Interdisciplinary Elementary Education Program. ($9,982).

Recent Publications

Colwell, A., Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2020) Digitally-Supported Disciplinary Literacy for Diverse K-5 Classrooms: Teachers College Press.
Hutchison, A., & Colwell, J. (2015). Bridging Technology and Literacy: Developing Digital Reading and Writing Practices in Grades K-6. New York: Rowman & Littlefield.


Journals (Refereed & Invited)

Hutchison, A., Colwell, J., Gutierrez, K., Evmenova, A., Offutt, J., Taylor, V. (In press). Designing a model of computer science professional development for elementary educators in inclusive settings. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Regan, K., Evmenova, A., Hutchison, A., Day, J., Stephens, M., Verbiest, C., Gafurov, B. (2021). Steps for success: Making instructional decisions for students’ essay writing. TEACHING Exceptional Children.

Hutchison, A., & Evmenova, A. (In Press). CSIP+ model to plan computer science instruction for students with high-incidence disabilities. Intervention in School and Clinic.

Evmenova, A., Reagan, K., and Hutchison, A. (2020). AT for writing: Technology-based graphic organizers with embedded supports. TEACHING Exceptional Children 52(4), 266-269.

Hutchison, A. (2020). Computer science for all is a right, not an option. In Proceedings of the 2019 Connected Learning Summit. Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University: Etc. Press.

Parsons, S., Hutchison, A., Hall, L., Ward Parson, A. Ives, S., & Leggett, A. (2019). U.S. Teachers’ Perceptions of Online Professional Development.  Teaching and Teacher Education, 82, 33-42. Doi:

Hutchison, A. (2018). Using virtual reality to explore science and literacy concepts. The Reading Teacher.

Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2018). Examing the technology integration planning cycle model of professional development to support teachers' instructional practices. Teachers College Record.

Chapelle, C., Schmidgall, J.,  Lopez, A., Blood, I., Wain, J.,  Cho, Y., Hutchison, A.,  Lee, H.,Dursun, A. (In Press). Designing a prototype tablet-based learning-oriented assessment for middle school English learners: An evidence-centered design approach. Educational Testing Service Research Reports.

Colwell, J., Woodward, L., & Hutchison, A. (2018). Out-of-school reading and literature discussion: An exploration of adolescents’ participation in a digital book club. Online Learning Journal.

Woodward, L. & Hutchison, A. (2018). The STAK Model: Exploring Indvidualized Professional Development for Technology Integration. Journal of Technology and Teacher Education.

Colwell, J. & Hutchison, A. (2018). Considering a Twitter-Based Professional Learning Network in Literacy Education. Literacy Research and Instruction, 57I(1), 5-25. DOI: 10.1080/19388071.2017.1370749 Thoma, J. &

Hutchison, A., Johnson, D., Johnson, K., & Stromer, E. (2017). Planning for technology integration in a professional learning community. The Reading Teacher, 71(2), 167-175.

Estapa, A., Hutchison, A., & Nadolny, L. (2017). Recommendations to support coding in the elementary classroom. Technology and Engineering Teacher.
Hutchison, A., Nadolny, L., & Estapa, A. (2017). Using coding apps to support literacy instruction and develop coding literacy. International Reading Association Cross Journal Virtual Issue on Literacy Across the Disciplines
Hutchison, A., Woodward, L., & Colwell, J. (2016). What are Preadolescent Readers doing online? An examination of upper elementary students’ reading, writing, and communication in digital spaces. Reading Research Quarterly.
Hutchison, A. (2016). Considering the role of coding in literacy classrooms. Literacy Today, 33(4), 14-15.
Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2016). Preservice teachers’ use of the Technology integration planning cycle to integrate iPads into literacy instruction.  Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 48(1), 1-15.
Hutchison, A., Nadolny, L., & Estapa, A. (2016). Using coding apps to support literacy instruction and develop coding literacy. Reading Teacher, 69(5), 493-503. DOI:10.1002/trtr.1440
Beschorner, B. & Hutchison, A. (2016). Parent education for dialogic reading: Online and face-to-face delivery methods. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 30(3), 374-388.
Colwell, J. & Hutchison, D. (2015). Refining a flipped classroom model in a content area literacy course: Determining modification through reflection. International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments, 3(4), 249-266. DOI: 10.1504/IJSMILE.2015.074007
Colwell, J. & Hutchison, A. (2015). Supporting teachers in integrating digital technology into language arts instruction to promote literacy. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 31(2), 56-63. DOI: 10.1080/21532974.2014.991813
Hall, A., Hutchison, A., & White, A. (2015). Teachers’ beliefs about the common core english language arts writing standards. Journal of Research in Education, 25(1), 88-106.
Hutchison, A. (2015).  Technology Integration: What’s Your Next Step? The Oklahoma Reader.
Pang, S., Reinking, D., Hutchison, A., Ramey, D.  (2015). South Korean teachers’ perceptions of integrating information and communication technologies into literacy instruction. Education Research International, 2015, 1-13. DOI: 10.1155/2015/783593
Hutchison, A., & Beschorner, B.  (2014). Using the iPad as a Tool to Support Literacy Instruction. Technology, Pedagogy & Education, 24(5), 407-422. DOI: 10.1080/1475939X.2014.918561
Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2014). The Potential of Digital Technologies to Support Literacy Instruction Relevant to the Common Core State Standards. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 58(2). DOI: 10.1002/jaal.335
Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2014). An Examination of How A Teacher’s Use of Digital Tools Empowers and Constrains Language Arts Instruction. Computers in the Schools, 31(4), 316-338. DOI: 10.1080/07380569.2014.967629
Hutchison, A. & Woodward, L. (2014). A Planning Cycle for Integrating Technology into Literacy Instruction. Reading Teacher, 67(6), 455-464. DOI:10.1002/trtr.1225.
Hutchison, A. Beschorner, B. & Schmidt-Crawford, D. (2013). Exploring the use of the iPad for literacy learning. International Reading Association Cross Journal Virtual Issue on Hot Topics in Education.
Beschorner, B. & Hutchison, A. (2013a). iPads as tools for communicating with parents. The Oklahoma Reader, 49(1), 17-19.
Beschorner, B. & Hutchison, A. (2013b). iPads as a literacy teaching tool in early Childhood. International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology, 1(1), 16-24.
Hutchison, A. & Wang, W. (2012). Blogging within a social networking site as a form of literature response in a teacher education course. Educational Media International, 49(3). DOI:10.1080/09523987.2012.741197
Hutchison, A., Beschorner, B., & Schmidt-Crawford, D. (2012). Exploring the use of the iPad for literacy learning. Reading Teacher, 66(1), 15-23.
Colwell, J., Hutchison, A., & Reinking, D. (2012). Using social network blogs to promote literary response during teachers’ professional development. Language Arts, 89(4), 232-243.
Hutchison, A. (2012). Literacy teachers’ perceptions of professional development that increases integration of technology into instruction. Technology, Pedagogy & Education, 21(1), 37-56.
Hutchison, A. & Colwell, J. (2012). Using a wiki to facilitate an online professional learning community for induction and mentoring teachers. Education and Information Technologies, 17(3), 273-289.
Hutchison, A. & Reinking, D. (2011). Teachers’ Perceptions of Integrating Information and Communication Technologies into Literacy Instruction:  A National Survey in the U.S. Reading Research Quarterly, 46(4), 308-329.
Hutchison, A., & Reinking, D. (2010). A national survey of barriers to integrating information and communication technologies into literacy instruction. In R. Jimenez, V. Risko, M. Hundley, & D. Rowe (Eds.), Fifty-Ninth Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp.-230-243). National Reading Conference. Milwaukee, WI.
Mokhtari, K., Hutchison, A., & Edwards, P. (2010). Organizing instruction for struggling readers in tutorial settings. Reading Teacher, 64(4), 287-290.
Hutchison, A., & Henry, L.  (2010). Internet use and online reading among middle-grade students at risk of dropping out of school.  Middle Grades Research Journal, 5(2).