Carolyn Frank

College of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction


Carolyn R. Frank is Professor Emeritus in the Charter College of Education at California State University, Los Angeles. She is a past Director of the Los Angeles Writing Project at Cal State LA.


Dr. Frank previously taught elementary teachers about writing instruction and is now involved with supervising student teachers. Her research includes how to observe writer's workshop classes through ethnography, how to do home visits, and how to participate in ethnographic interviews with children and parents.



Frank, C. (2011). Ethnographic Interviews in Education. Teachers College Press.

Frank, C.R. Ethnographic Eyes: A Teacher’s Guide to Observation. (1999), Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.


Frank, C. (2009). “I’m making a fixing machine”: Conversation and the development of writing in young children.  The California Reader (Spring, 2009).

Putney, L. & Frank, C. (2008). Looking through ethnographic eyes at classrooms acting as cultures; Ethnography and Education, 3 (2), 211-228.

Frank, C. (2008). “I hope the teacher gets scared”: Writing descriptively Monster Show-Not-Tell; Arizona Reading Journal (Fall, 2008).

Frank, C. (2008). “Raise your hand if you’re a Family Head”: Owning the knowledge; Florida Reading Quarterly (Fall, 2008).

Frank, C. (2008). “All the things I remember”: Conversations of grandparents and grandchildren; IAECE (Vol 14).


Ph.D Educational Psychology 1997

  • University California, Santa Barbara

Masters Reading Language Arts 1992

  • University Nevada Reno

BS Elementary Education 1966

  • University Nevada Reno


Los Angeles Writing Project, Summer Institute: 2000-2011

American Educational Research Association: 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1996

Taipei Municipal Teachers College, 2001

National Reading Conference, 2006, 2003, 2001, 1998, 1997

National Council of Teachers of English, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

CSU/UC Ethnography in Education Conference, 2001, 2000

International Qualitative Research in Education Conference, 2000, 1999, 1998

International Reading Association, 1999, 1998, 1995