Dian Prestwich

Contributing Faculty
Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
M.S. Education (MSEd)

Dian Prestwich, Ph.D. is an independent educational consultant who has worked in the field of education for more than 25 years including 9 years teaching the primary grades, 5 years serving as an instructional coach, and 6 years working at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) as the Assistant Director for the Office of Literacy.

Currently, in addition to teaching part-time for Walden University, Dr. Prestwich is also a full-time Associate Teaching Professor for the University of Kansas School of Education online programs. Dian also trains teachers nationwide in the Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS), Early Childhood LETRS, and Admin. LETRS.

Dian received her B.A. in Elementary Education from Northwestern State University and her Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Walden University in 2012. Her dissertation, Measuring Preschool Teachers' Perceived Competency and Knowledge of Oral Language Development, included the development of an instrument to measure preschool teachers’ perceived competency and knowledge of strategies for language development.

Dian has been married for 27 years and has 3 children. In her free time, she enjoys exercising, reading, watching her son, Chase, play college baseball, and cheering for her beloved Denver Broncos with her daughter, Emma, who enjoys cheerleading and dancing. Dian’s oldest son, Evan, served in the U.S. Navy and is currently a student at Colorado State University.

Courses Taught

READ 6705 - Reading and Literacy Today

READ 6706 - Literacy Development PreK-3


PhD, Walden University

Master of Education, Lesley University

Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern State University


Prestwich, D. (2015). Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Teaching all Children to Read.

Prestwich, D. (2015). Perspectives from the field: Educators share what they have learned. Perspectives on Language and Literacy: A Quarterly Publication of The International Dyslexia Association


Prestwich, D. (2017). Connecting OWL (Opening Worlds of Learning) to the Cognitive Domain.

Prestwich, D. (2015). Continuous Improvement through Classroom Walkthroughs.

Prestwich, D. (2015). Phonological and Phonemic Awareness.

Prestwich, D. (2014). Building an Effective System for Teaching all Learners to Read at the Elementary Level.

Prestwich, D., Scheffel, D. (2014). Special education reform: Paradigms and pretenses.

Prestwich, D., Bamberry, L., Meyers, C., Boyer, M. (2012). Leveraging and sustaining the education reform agenda to improve literacy outcomes.

Prestwich, D., Scheffel, D. (2010). The Colorado Basic Literacy Act.

Prestwich, D., Almeida, P., Heronema, K. (2008). Accelerating English language acquisition: How it's Possible.