Director, Reading & Literacy Programs
Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Children and poetry, Curriculum development, Drama and literacy connections, Elementary and middle school literacy, Supporting new teachers in urban schools, especially in crossing boundaries of race and class, Teacher development
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
We need to work very hard to ensure that learners—both child and adult—get the best of our thinking, our care, and our practice. This involves continued reflection to help ourselves understand real constraints that must be addressed, while questioning those that hold power only because they have not been challenged. We must learn to be bold and humble—to act, without falling in so in love with our ideas that we stop paying attention to the present. The arts offer a unique opportunity to imagine new ways of knowing and being. When we rest too comfortably in what we know or when we forget how—or why—to play, we stop learning. This is true for the child “retelling” a story, the graduate student grappling with a new paradigm, the teacher planning a lesson, and the teacher educator integrating years of experience with new technologies and assumptions.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
Field advisor in public, charter, and private schools; literacy consultant to schools in New York City Districts 2, 3, 4 , 5, 10, 13, 19, and independent schools in New York and New Jersey; Principal’s Coach, District 19.
Recent Professional Contributions
Continued role as consultant for NYC DOE schools; Literacy Coach/ Consultant to Harlem Link Charter School; professional development for new teachers in NYC DOE District 75; worked with guided reading groups to explore possibilities of drama and digital video for developing reading comprehension.
- Ph.D., Educational Administration, New York University
- Ed.M., Educational Leadership, Bank Street College of Education
- M.A., General and Special Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- B.A., English, University of Pennsylvania