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Department News Archive - 2012

RLAC Presence at NYSRA

Kathleen Hinchman, current faculty member and Reading Education alumna (M.S. 1980 and Ph.D. 1985) presented the featured speaker address, "Literacy and the Common Core: Helping ALL youth to thrive", for the annual meeting of the New York State Reading Association, Liverpool, NY. Hinchman also participated, on the topic "Review of Calkins' et al. Pathways to the Common Core" in a panel discussion entitled "CRE Book Club: What are we reading as we implement the CCLS?" at the same meeting.

Scholarship Awarded to RLAC Doctoral Student

Rosemary Nyaboke Nduati, Ph.D. student in Literacy Education, has been awarded a travel scholarship from the Literacy Research Association Committee on Ethnicity, Race, and Multinlingualism.

4th Annual Writing Our Lives Conference

The Writing Our Lives conference was held on November 3rd, 2012, led by RLA faculty member,Marcelle Haddix, at Nottingham High School. Syracuse Post-Standard article about the event.

RLAC Faculty Member To Participate in NCTE Annual Convention

At the NCTE Annual Convention, to be held in Las Vegas, NV, November 15-18, 2012, Marcelle Haddix, RLA assistant professor, will act as chair for presentations on Beyond Boundaries: Collaborative and Transnational Research in Literacy, Social Justice, and Service Learning. Haddix will also lead several round table discussions about her research, entitled Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in English Teacher Education.

LRA Includes Current RLAC faculty and students

Numerous RLAC faculty and doctoral students will present at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association held November 27-December 2, 2012, in San Diego, CA.

  • Kelly Chandler-Olcott, RLA Professor; Bryan Crandall, assistant professor at Fairfield University/RLA alumnus; and Janine Nieroda, Ph.D. student in English Education: "All Those Voices and All Those Thoughts": English Teachers' Perspectives on Designing and Staffing a Summer Writing Institute.
  • Rachel Brown, RLA associate professor, and Kristen Munger, assistant professor at SUNY Oswego/RLA alumna: To Script or Not to Script: A Professional Development Study of Teachers' Explicit Comprehension Strategies Instruction.
  • Michelle A. Duffy, doctoral candidate in Reading Education: "On My God!  I Think He's Reading!": One Parent's Perspectives Toward the Literacy Instruction Received by her Child with Autism.
  • Kathleen Cullen, doctoral candidate in Reading Education and Kathleen Hinchman, RLA professor: Preservice Content-Area Teacher's Perspectives on Race and Literacy: A Critical Race Case Study.
  • Bryan Ripley Crandall, assistant professor at Fairfield University/RLA alumnus: "The Future Wasn't Always Open": Perspectives on Writing from Somali-Born Male Adolescents with Limited and Interrupted Formal Education.
  • Alanna Rochelle Dail, RLA assistant professor: An Examination of the Use of nonfiction in preschool classrooms.
  • Marcelle Haddix, RLA assistant professor, and Rosemary Nyaboke Nduati, Ph.D. student in Literacy Education: Cultivating Racial and Linguistic Diversity in Literacy Teacher Education.
  • Elizabeth Y. Stevens, doctoral candidate in Reading Education: Studying to be Literacy Specialists: A Critical Discourse Analysis.
  • Wendy Woods Bunker, doctoral candidate in Reading Education: Working as Elementary Reading Specialists: A Narrative Analysis.
  • In addition, several RLAC faculty will facilitate during the conference:
  • Zaline Roy-Campbell will act as discussant on the topic Cognitive Development through Language Transference.  Roy-Campbell will also chair Literacy Learning in International Settings: Chile, Macadonia, and Cambodia.
  • Marcelle Haddix will chair and serve as discussant for Multiple Voices, Multiple Literacies: Privileging the Cultural & Linguistic Resources of Communities of Color.
  • Alanna Rochelle Dail will chair Understanding Race/Language Labeling: Examining Racial Literacies and School Labeling based on ELL Student Populations.
  • Kathleen Hinchman will serve as discussant on the topic: Creating Supportive Literacy Spaces for Diverse LearnersHinchman will also act as chair for: Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy: Reading Professionals' Identities Through Multiple Lenses.

Reading Education Doctoral Alumnae News

Kristen Munger, Ph.D. (2010) and current RLAC faculty member, Benita Blachman, Trustee Professor of Education and Psychology, have been informed that their article "Taking a 'Simple View' of the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) as a predictor of multiple measures of third grade reading comprehension" has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of Psychology in the SchoolsMunger is an assistant professor in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Current RLAC faculty member Benita Blachman, Trustee Professor of Education and Psychology, and Maria Murray, Learning Disabilities M.S. (1996) and Reading Education Ph.D (2009) are awaiting the "going live" of their tutorial "Teaching Tutorial: Decoding Instruction. A tutorial for teachers" which will appear at TeachingLD.org. TeachingLD is sponsored by the Division of Learning Disabilities (DLD) of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) to provide evidence-based resources for teachers and other practitioners. Murray is an assistant professor of literacy in the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the State University of New York at Oswego.

In addition, Murray and Munger joined together with former RLAC faculty member, Sheila Clonan to publish "Assessment as a strategy to increase oral reading fluency" in Intervention in School and Clinic, 47, 144-151. Clonan is now an assistant professor of educational studies at Colgate University.

Wilkinson Co-Authors New Book

Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms: A Primer for Teachers; Marilyn Shatz & Louise C. Wilkinson, August 2012
Dr. Louise Wilkinson, Distinguished Professor of Education, Psychology and Communication Sciences, announces that her newest book was published as of 8/12/12 by Routledge Taylor Francis. You can find out more about this by following the title link above to the School of Education Faculty Bookshelf webpage.

RLA Pilots Summer Literacy Camp for LPP Students

Twenty-six middle school students from SU's Liberty Partnership Program participated in a two-week summer literacy camp associated with RED 625, Literacy Across the Curriculum. The experience was co-designed by Kathleen Cullen, doctoral candidate in Reading Education; Reba Hodge, doctoral student in Teaching & Curriculum; LPP director Deborah B. Meyer; LPP academic coordinator Alexandra Toenniessen (BA, English Education, '06; MS, Literacy Education, '12); and faculty members Kathleen A. Hinchman and Kelly Chandler-Olcott. Cullen taught the RED 625 course and co-directed the camp with Hodge. The middle schoolers benefited from daily one-on-one tutoring, journal writing, and literacy-infused units on math, science, or social studies topics team-taught by RED 625 graduate students. Middle schoolers also participated in reflection activities twice a week. They debriefed with one another as well as shared ideas for next steps with Hodge. Students in RLA's Literacy MS programs performed a curriculum audit of the camp as part of their enrollment in RED 747, Literacy Clinic, taught by Dr. Hinchman.

Successful Defense by Student Teaching Supervisor

Geoffrey Bender, long-time supervisor of English Education undergraduate and graduate level student teachers, successfully defended his dissertation, "Casting the Eternal Original: Classicism, Class, and the Antebellum Dread of Modernity," at the University of Rochester on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012. His committee members were John Michael, Chair of the English Department at the University of Rochester, Professor Ezra Tawil, also from the English Department, and Professor Paul Duro of the Art History Department.

Jodi Burnash

Alumna Honored by Parents of Public Schools

A "Celebration of Excellence" award was given to Jodi Burnash, an alumna of both the English Education Grades 7-12 Preparatory Masters and the Inclusive Special Education Grades 7-12 Preparatory Masters programs, at a ceremony held May 30th, 2012 by the Parents for Public Schools of Syracuse. Ms. Burnash is a teacher at Nottingham High School.

2012 All-University Doctoral Prize Awarded to RLAC Alum

Bryan CrandallBryan Ripley Crandall has been awarded an All-University Doctoral Prize by Syracuse University for 2012. This prize is awarded by the Graduate School to recognize superior achievement in completed dissertations. Mr. Crandallreceived a Ph.D. in English Education in December. The title of Mr. Crandall’s dissertation is:"A 'Responsibility to Speak Out' -- Perspectives on Writing of Black African-born Males With Limited or Disrupted Formal Education." His advisor, Professor Kelly Chandler-Olcott, nominated him for this prestigious award.