Professional interests include: Designing rich clinical experiences to enhance teacher candidates’ pedagogical understandings of literacy instruction in providing authentic opportunities for them to explore multiple approaches for teaching ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse learners. Influencing aspiring reading consultants to collaborate with colleagues in developing a systemic framework that includes best practices in curriculum, instruction, assessment as integrative components for advancing the reading and writing achievement of all students. Developing innovative evidence-based practices aligning with the Common Core State Standards to share with colleagues and preservice teachers through local and regional presentations focusing strategies that have immediate application to the classroom. Using music as an authentic and artistic tool to integrate fluency instruction into daily reading instruction, not only for the purpose of enhancing phonemic awareness in young children, but as a bridge to comprehension through viable strategies for increasing prosody, automaticity, expression, and accuracy. Family Literacy: Working with the school, home, and community as a symbiosis for a university literacy partnership in helping parents acquire literacy routines to help their children develop the “habits of mind” of proficient readers using at-home literacy experiences as the basis for literacy learning. Fertile ground for a literate environment is created through a combination of oral language, ancestral anecdotes, and interactive read-alouds, through which a context for mutual respect among parents, teachers, and students engenders the life lessons that shape our values, beliefs, and heritage. Degrees: Ed.D, Teacher Leadership, 2011, Walden University 6th Year CAS in Educational Leadership, 1995, Southern CT State University; Masters in Reading, 1979, University of Bridgeport; Bachelor of Arts, 1972, Elementary Education, University of Bridgeport
Using Shared Reading and Close Reading to Bridge Intervention and the Common Core, Education Faculty Publications (2014)
While classroom teachers are grappling with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its implications...
A Clinical Practicum Experience to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Early Literacy Instruction, Education Faculty Publications (2013)
The purpose of this article is to explore teacher candidates’ tutoring experiences within a university...
Chocolate Bunnies and Pork for Passover: The School and Home: A Symbiosis for Family Literacy, Education Faculty Publications (2003)
This article explores the literacy partnership between school and family when intergenerational stories are made...
Contributions to Books
Literacy Initiatives in the Urban Setting That Promote Higher Level Thinking, Education Faculty Publications (2009)
School, Home, and Community: A Symbiosis for a Literacy Partnership, Education Faculty Publications (2009)
Strategy Instruction and Lessons Learned in Teaching Higher Level Thinking Skills in an Urban Middle School Classroom, Education Faculty Publications (2009)
Book Ends Program is a Win-Win, Sacred Heart University News Story (2014)
Book Ends is a site-based University reading clinic that provides a nurturing and interactive environment...
SHU Hosts First Literacy Conference, Sacred Heart University News Story (2013)
On April 13 2013 Sacred Heart University’s Farrington College of Education conducted its very first...
A Clinical Practicum Experience to Prepare Teacher Candidates for Classroom Literacy Instruction, Education Faculty Publications (2011)
There is a pervasive reading crisis in the United States. Critics, including policymakers, educators, literacy...