Brooke Hanks

Brooke Hanks

Senior Lecturer
Crawford Hall 105


B.A., Western Colorado University, Biology, 1994, M.A., University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Curriculum and Instruction, 1999


Brooke is beginning her 12th year in the Education Department at Western Colorado University. Over the years she has built and taught a variety of different courses, most on scientifically based reading and writing research practices. She has also been instrumental in building the M.A. in Education: Reading Leadership Track as well as our new M.A. in Educator Effectiveness program. In addition, she serves as our program’s Blackboard Coordinator and Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator.

Although a Colorado native, Brooke spent her childhood moving as an “army brat.” She and her husband have a daughter, LauraAnne, who will be a junior at Gunnison High School, and a son, Drew, who will begin his first year at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore., this fall. Their family enjoys participating in athletics, traveling, fly-fishing, rafting, hunting and camping.​


Raising literacy achievement of all students through implementation of scientifically based reading research programs, assessments and instruction. Response to intervention, professional learning communities, project based learning, online learning and results-based curriculum, instruction and assessment.


Instructor and Special Project Coordinator, Western Colorado University, 2006-present

Responsible for developing and teaching the following undergraduate courses:

  • EDUC 400:Foundations of Literacy: Phonology and Linguistics, EDUC 401: Assessment forPrevention and Intervention, EDUC 402: Reading Comprehension, Oral and WrittenLanguage Development, EDUC 406: Content Area Literacy, EDUC 408: TeachingWriting with the Brain in Mind, 420: Application of Classroom Strategies toEngage All Learners

Responsible for developing and teaching the following graduate courses:

EDUC 600:Foundations for Literacy Development, EDUC 601: Methods and Strategies ofEffective Reading Instruction, EDUC 606: Reading and Writing in the ContentArea, EDUC 620: Engaging Diverse Learners, EDUC 682: Leadership in SchoolSites, EDUC 685: Assessing, Evaluating, and Instructing At-risk and StrugglingReaders, EDUC 686: Literacy Coaching and Mentoring, EDUC 688: Reading TeacherInternship, EDUC 689: Reading Specialist Internship, EDUC 692: Issues andTrends in Leadership Seminar

Educational Consultant, Gunnison, 1995-present

Independent consultant for K-12 school districts, schools, and state/national committees. Topcis include: Reading, Writing, Math, Response to Intervention, Assessment, Standards, Portolios, and Integration

  • Serve as Colorado State Department of Education Literacy Content Reviewer responsible for reviewing teacher education programs throughout the state to ensure alignment of courses to scientifically based reading research
  • Member of H.B. 1223 Literacy Challenges State Level Committee
  • Colorado Literacy Council Member, Colorado Department of Education
  • National Reading First Higher Education Consortium (NRFHEC) member; 1 of 15 Higher Education faculty selected nationally to serve as a consultant to the NRFHEC
  • Reading Consultant for Gunnison Elementary School 2006-2008. Action Research Project: “Raise literacy achievement of K-6 students through implementation of scientifically based reading research programs, assessments, and instruction.” Led school in developing and implementing a school-wide reading delivery system to raise achievement for all students. Included 90 minutes of research based core program and instruction, a daily 30 minute intervention reading block, a screening, progress monitoring, and outcomes based school wide assessment system, weekly and monthly teacher data meetings to discuss progress and make changes to instruction as needed.

Montrose County School District Literacy Coordinator, Montrose

Responsible for district literacy and assessment implementation and coordination.

  • Provided instructional leadership in literacy and assessment at the district level for 13 schools, included support of six literacy coaches
  • Assured district alignment of support programs: ELL, Title, SPED, GT, as related to literacy and assessment
  • Ensured coordination of district assessments: NWEA-MAP, CSAP, DIBELS, BEAR at each school
  • Oversaw implementation of district Read to Achieve and Reading First grants
  • Managed three annual budgets totaling: $817,000

Reading First Project Director, Olathe Elementary School, Olathe

Responsible for implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the Colorado Reading First program at Olathe Elementary School (population 550, 48 percent Hispanic, 206 ELL students.

  • Worked with principal, coach and staff in managing and analyzing assessment data to monitor student progress and accelerate reading achievement
  • Created a three-tiered complete reading delivery system to meet the needs of at-risk readers including English Language Learners and Special Education students
  • Provided training in scientifically based reading research strategies, programs, and assessments

Literacy Coach, Olathe Elementary School, Olathe

Responsible for providing K-5 teachers, inlcuding ELL, Title 1, and SPED teachers, coaching and support necessary for high-quality literacy instruction.

  • Assisted principal in implementing Professional Learning Communities Model
  • Developed and utilized protocol for leading staff through a Collaborative Inquiry Model used to analyze data, set learning goals, and select and use research-based strategies
  • Implemented school-wide DIBELS and NWEA MAP assessment system
  • Wrote and received a district Read to Achieve grant totaling $837,00 and a Colorado Reading First grant totaling $1,499,899

Teacher, Pueblo School for the Arts and Sciences, Pueblo

  • Taught in self-contained, multi-age 5-6th grade classroom
  • Developed and aligned Standards-based curriculum
  • Delivered differentiated, interdisciplinary, hands-on lessons
  • Created and implemented performance-based assessments and rubrics
  • Utilized Standards-based report cards, portfolios, and Student-led conference
  • Developed a K-12 school-wide reading and Socratic Seminar program
  • Designed a Standards-based Summer Learning Academy for at-risk students