For many years I have had the opportunity of working in a large, public, urban university with many experienced and talented faculty teaching a diverse group of graduate and doctoral level students. My overall professional and personal goal is to promote social justice, and advocate for and support all my students in becoming highly effective classroom/educational leaders in the Los Angeles community.
My research interests are varied including reading and writing best teaching practices for ELL/emerging bilinguals and young struggling readers, children's literature and poetry. I am committed to promoting social justice and public school reform.
I enjoy collaborating, presenting, and publishing research on various educational topics to improve teacher training practices with my colleagues in the College of Education. My recent research includes literacy curriculum development, intergrating technology and literacy and developing more college-wide collaboration opportunities for faculty in teacher credential and MA and Ed.D. Educational Leadership Programs.
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
2021 Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Award. (co-authored) The California Reader. 55(1), 28-34. (2022).
"Starting Early: Embracing LGBTQ Children’s Literature in PreK-Classrooms." (co-authored) New Mexico Journal of Reading. (2019).
"Deeping the Poetry Experience: Connecting Student Learning with Technology." (co-authored).The California Reader, 52(3). 9-16. (2019).
"Creating Collaborative Learning Opportunities for Reading Specialists and School Psychologists in University Training Programs, (co-authored). CC News, 29(2) 25-27. (2018).
"Experiences and Perceptions of University Students General Education and Special Education Teacher Preparation Faculty Engaged in Collaboration and Co-Teaching Practices, (co-authored). Networks: Online Journal for Teacher Research, 20(2), 1-26. (2019).
"Integrating Technology to Enhance Student Learning, Primer: Literacy Instruction: Sharing Strategies for Success. 47(1). 28.
Experiences and Perceptions of University Students General Education and Special Education Teacher Preparation Faculty Engaged in Collaboration and Co-Teaching Practices, Networks: Online Journal for Teacher Research 20(2), 1-26. 2018
"Writing Instruction and Secondary Language Acquisition for English Language Learners, (co-authored). International Journal of Literacies. 24(3).
|"Nontraditional Texts and the Struggling/Reluctant Reader," Voices From the Middle, 9(4), 70-75
|Learning from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Classrooms: Using Inquiry to Inform Practice. (co-edited).Teachers College Press.||2012|
Ed.D Higher Education Administration, Related field: Reading and Language Arts 1990
- Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education
C.A.G.S. Reading and Language Arts 1987, M.A. in Reading and Language Arts 1980
- Castleton State University
B.S. Health and Physical Education 1973
- Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, Connecticut