Catherine Compton-Lilly

Associate Professor

School of Education | Curriculum and Instruction

Hometown: Plainfield

LIMITED AVAILABILITY- Moved to North Carolina, but will be back in Madison throughout the year.

Catherine Compton-Lilly is a Professor in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Compton-Lilly teaches courses in literacy studies and works with professional development schools in Madison. She has a passion for helping teachers to support children in learning to read and write. Her interests include early reading and writing, students diversity, and working closely with families. Throughout her career, Dr. Compton-Lilly has been involved with various teacher research initiatives and is a strong advocate for developing knowledgeable teachers that are committed to continual learning and improved practice. Dr. Compton-Lilly is the author/editor of several books and has published widely in educational journals.


  • Reading Assessment
  • Early Childhood Literacy
  • Working with Struggling Readers
  • Working with Readers from Diverse Backgrounds