Mary Jo Fresch


  • Early childhood and preschool
  • Preschool
  • Professional development
  • Reading and literacy
  • Student-centered education

Mary Jo Fresch is a professor emeritus of Ohio State University’s Department of Teaching and Learning. Fresch’s teaching experiences include third grade, adult literacy, and pre-service/in-service teachers’ literacy courses. She speaks nationally and internationally about literacy-related topics and researches the developmental aspect of literacy learning. Her articles have appeared in peer reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Literacy Research; Reading and Writing Quarterly; Reading Psychology; The Reading Teacher; Language Arts; Journal of Just and Caring Education; Journal of Children’s Literature and several state journals. She has also authored or co-authored 13 books for teachers, including “Strategies for Effective Balanced Literacy”; “Teaching and Assessing Spelling”; “Learning Through Poetry,” a five book series; and “The Power of Picture Books: Using Content Area Literature in Middle School.” Fresch has directed a study abroad in Concepcion, Chile, and has provided professional development in the U.S., Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany, and Canada.