Education

Education

Work History

Work History
Sep 1986 - Present

Professor

Kean University

Responsibilities:  

  • Teach Early Childhood and Language Arts Curriculum and Methodology Courses.
  • Supervise students in field experiences.  
  • Teach graduate-level Language Arts, Mathematics Education Seminars, Foundations and Innovations Courses.  
  • Mentor Thesis Writing of M.Ed. Students.

Accomplishments:

  • Promoted to Full Professor Sept 1998
  • Tenured September 1991
Apr 1999 - Apr 2002

Early Childhood Education Department Chair

Responsibilities (Not Inclusive):

  • Plan/Convene Department Meetings and Strategic Retreats
  • Schedule graduate and undergraduate courses
  • Monitor course enrollment and make necessary schedule changes
  • Coordinate faculty teaching assignments
  • Monitor/authorize budget expenditures
  • Authorize grade changes
  • Supervise completion of departmental strategic plan
  • Coordinate and prepare program documents for State approval of certification programs
  • Develop program transition strategies
  • Observe all faculty seeking tenure, promotion, range adjustments, or Career Development Review
  • Recruit and evaluate adjunct faculty
  • Conduct faculty and staff searches

Accomplishments:

  • Received approval from State for B.A. in Early Childhood with dual P-3 and K-8 Certifications
  • Received approval from State for M.A. in Early Childhood seeking initial instructional licensure for Preschool through Grade 3 licensure area.

Research Awards

Project Teach Grant (Committee member) (1994) 

$700,000.00

DeWitt Wallace Grant PTTC (Committee member) (193)

 $600,000.00

ATT Grant Project Advance (Committee member) (1990) 

$200,000.00

New Jersey Historical Commission Grant (1988)

 $15,000.00

Rockefeller Foundation Research Award (1978)

$22,000.00

Publication Award

Winner of 1993 Excel Award -- A Bronze Award in the Category of Scholarly Journal: Editorial or Column for"Testing -- Do Not Disturb? A Concerned Parent's View of Testing,"Arithmetic Teacher, vol. 39, issue 6 (February 1992):  8-10 from the Society of National Association Publications (SNAP).  

Editorial Consulting

Educational Consultant and Script Editor of Screen Play for movie  "You Don't Live on My Street" by Dr. Rebera E. Foston based on a poem by the same name about the lives of troubled youth.  Movie scheduled for release Spring 2012.  

Previous Professional Experiences

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Reading Education, The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY) New York, NY, 1988-1994.

Learning Disability Specialist, ICD-International Center for the Disabled, New York, NY, 1986.

Director of Language Arts and Assessment, College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, New York Theological Seminary Campus, New York, NY, 1982-1986.

Secondary Reading/Language Arts Consultant, Torrington Public Schools, Torrington, CT, 1981-1982.

Assistant Dean/Coordinator Mwangi Cultural Center, Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1976-1979.

Co-Principal Investigator, Beginning Reading Project, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, 1978-1979.

Reading/Study Skills Instructor, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA (Summer, 1977).

Teaching Assistant, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, 1976-1979.

Director of Information, Gary Income Maintenance Experiment, Indiana University, Northwest, Gary, IN, 1972-1973.

Teacher of English/Language Arts (Secondary), Gary Public Schools, Gary, IN 1967-1975.

Publications

Garnett, Cynthia M. and Catherine Dorsey-Gaines (1996, 2008, 2010) "The Role of the Black Church in

Growing Up Literate:  Implications for Literacy Research" in Child Discourse and Social Learning: An Interdisciplinary Perspectice.  Deborah Hicks,, (Ed). New York:  Cambridge University Press, 247-267.

Garnett, Cynthia M. and Portia C. Elliott (2008) (Co-Editors). Getting into the Mathematics

Conversation:  The Value of Communication in Mathematics Classrooms.  Reston, VA: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner). Huber, Lynn L. and Rosalyn S.

Lenhoff. " Mathematical Concepts Come Alive in Pre-K and Kindergarten Classrooms."

D. W. Allen and J. Hoffman (Eds). Teaching Children Mathematics. vol. 13, issue 4 (November 2006):  226-231.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner). Baker,Ann, Kimberly Schirner,

and Jo Hoffman.  "Multiage Mathematics:  Scaffolding Young Children's Mathematical Learning."  D. W. Allen and J. Hoffman (Eds).  Teaching Children Mathematics. vol. 13, issue 1 (August 2006):  19-21. 

Garnett, Cynthia M.  (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner).  Ziemba, Elizabeth and Jo

Hoffman.  Sorting and Patterning in Kindergarten:  From Activities to Assessment."  D.W. Allen and J. Hoffman (Eds).  Teaching Children Mathematics.  vol. 12, issue 5 (January 2006):  236-241.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner). Hansen, Laurie E. "ABCs of

Early Mathematics Experiences." D. W. Allen and J. Hoffman (Eds). Teaching Children Mathematics.  vol. 12, issue 4 (November 2005):  208-212.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner).  Elliott, Portia C. "Algebra in the

Pre-K--2 Curriculum?  Billy Goats and Bears Give Us the Answer."  D. W. Allen and J. Hoffman (Eds). Teaching Children Mathematics. vol.12, issue 2 (September 2005):  100-104.

Garnett, Cynthia M. et. al. (2005) "Top-Ten Ways to Strengthen the Mathematics in Your

Classroom." Teaching Children Mathematics vol.12 issue 1 (August 2005):  5-7.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner).  McGee, Mileen.  "Hidden

Mathematics in the Preschool Classroom."  P.Kulczewki (Ed). Teaching Children Mathematics. vol. 11, issue 6 (February 2005):  345-347.

Garnett, Cynthia M.  (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner).  Kulczewki, Peggy.  "Vygotsky

and the Three Bears."  P. Kulczewki (Ed).  Teaching Children Mathematics. vol. 11, issue 5 (January 2005):  246-248.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner).  Leff, Rebecca.  "Vive La

Difference!  Gifted Kindergarteners and Mathematics."  P. Kulczewki (Ed).  Teaching Children Mathematics. vol. 11, issue 3 (October 2004):  155-157.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (General Editor, Early Childhood Corner).  Gallentein, Nancy L.  "Creative

Discovery through Classification."  P. Kulczewki (Ed). Teaching Children Mathematics. vol. 11, issue 2 (September 2004):  103-108.

Garnett, Cynthia M. (1996) "Testing--Do Not Disturb?  A Concerned Parent's View of Testing"

in Emphasis on Assessment:  Readings from NCTM's School-Based Journals.  Lambdin, Diana V. and Ronals V. Preston (Eds).  Reston, VA:  NCTM Publications, 35-37.

Garnett, Cynthia M. and Portia C. Elliott (1994).  "Mathematics for All" in Windows of

Opportunity:  Mathematics for Children with Special Needs.  Carol Thornton and Nancy Bley (Eds). Reston, VA: NCTM Publications, 3-17.

Garnett, Cynthia M.  "Testing--Do Not Disturb?  A Concerned Parent's View of Testing."

Arithmetic Teacher, vol. 30, no.6 (February 1992), 8-10.  (Winner of SNAP 1993 Excel Award: Bronze Award in the Category of Scholarly Journal Editorial or Column, from the Society of National Association Publications).

Garnett, Cynthia M., Janice Jackson, and Deborah Allen.  "Promoting Curricular Change:  An

American History Curriculum Development Project."  Association of Caribbean Studies Abstracts, 1991.

Garnett, Cynthia M.  "Look at the Lies -- See the Truth."  African Commentary. (August 1990):

 9-11.  

Garnett, Cynthia M.  "African American Women and the Issue of Abortion."  (reprinted with

permission from African Commentary) in Social Issues Resources Series (1990). (Available on microfiche and computer disc.)

Garnett, Cynthia M.  "African American Women and the Issue of Abortion."  African

Commentary, vol. 1, issue 2 (November 1989):  18-20.

Professional and Academic Association Memberships

International Reading Association 1980+

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 1986+

African Heritage Studies Association 1987+

New Jersey Association of Black Educators 1986+

National Council of Teachers of English 1972+

National Black Child Development Institute 1986+

Association of Caribbean Studies 1988+

National Association for the Education of Young Child 1988+

Association of Young Child International 1988+

Benjamin Banneker Association 1986+

Selected Workshops/Speeches/Papers

"Making Teaching Children Mathematics (TCM) Come to Life in the Classroom,"  A speech delivered at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2007 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA, March 21-24, 2007.

"Using Multicultural Literature to Promote Literacy,"  A paper delivered at the 23th Annual Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Studies, Paris, France, July 25-31, 2003.

"Critical Thinking with Multicultural Children's Literature," A workshop presented at 2003 Early Childhood Conference--Kenyon at Kean University, January 11, 2003.

"Reflective Teacher Educators Facilitate Reflective Learner," A paper presented with D. W. Allen and R. Lenhoff at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators NAECTE Fall Conference,New York, NY, November 20, 2002.

"Supporting Emerging Literacy Through Multicultural Children's Literature," A workshop presented at 2002 Early Childhood Conference--Kenyon at Kean University, January 12, 2002.

"Exploring Mathematical Connections with Children's Literature,"  A workshop presented at 2001 Early Childhood Conference--Kenyon at Kean University, January 6, 2001.

"Meeting the Needs of Diverse Populations of Students in Inclusive Classrooms,"  A speech presented to the Middlesex County Educational Services Commission, Piscataway, NJ, November 17, 2000.

"For the Love of Literacy,"  A speech presented to the Middlesex Reading Council, Piscataway, NJ, February 28, 2000.

"Emerging Literacy,"  A speech delivered at 2000 Early Childhood Conference--Kenyon at Kean University, January 8, 2000.

"Early Childhood Education,"  A lecture delivered at the Wenzhou Seminars in Education at Kean University, November 4, 1999.

"Learning Styles and Diversity,"  Speech delivered at Division of Academic Affairs Adjunct Recognition Program, Kean College of New Jersey, March 20, 1997.

"The Process Standards in Mathematics:  Problem Solving, Communication, Reasoning, and Connections,"  Staff Development Workshop, Alexander Street School, Newark, NJ. March 12, 19, 1997.

"Joys of Reasoning:  Helping Young Children Develop Reasoning,"  Pathways/Teach/Aspire Workshop, Union, NJ, November 15, 1996.

"Teaching in New Ways, Assessing in New Ways, Reporting Grades as Always:  Issues of Transition," In-service Workshop, Holy Spirit Campus, Perth Amboy Catholic Schools, Perth Amboy, NJ, September 4, 1996.  

"The Cultural Connection:  Mathematics and the Young Child," A paper presented at the 72nd Annual Meeting of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Indianapolis, IN, April 15, 1994.

"Promoting Curriculum Change:  An African American History Curriculum Project,"  A paper delivered at the 13th Annual Meeting of the Association of Caribbean Studies, Dakar, Senegal, July 29, 1991.

"Culture and Collaboration in the Teaching of Mathematics, Science, and Communication," A Staff Development Workshop for Pre-College Staff at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, July 10, 1991.

"Toward an Inclusion of African American History in the Definition of Intelligence,"  A speech delivered at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, April 4, 1991.

"Starring Role of African American Woman in Human 'Herstory',"  The Keynote Address for Societas Doctas National Convention, Daytona Beach, FL, November 10, 1990.

"Introducing Children to Significant African American Authors Using Oral Language Approach,"  A Workshop presented at the Annual Convention of the National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD, November 19, 1989.

"An Afrocentric Early Childhood Curriculum to Enhance the Development of the African American Child," A paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the National Black Child Development Institute, Washington, D.C., September 30, 1989.

"Teaching Strategies that Enhance Children's Comprehension of Multiethnic Literature:  Vocabulary Development, Graphic Organizing, Bibliotherapy, Critical Thinking,"  A micro-workshop conducted at the 34th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, New Orleans, LA, May 1, 1989.

"Moving from Scholarship to Classroom,"  A paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the African Heritage Studies Association, New Orleans, LA, April 29, 1989.

"Growing Up Mathematically,"  A workshop presented at Bank Street Parent-Child Exploration in Mathematics and Science, New York, NY, February 11, 1989.

"What Children Bring to Reading and Writing,"  The Keynote Address at the National Book Week Observance City College of the City University of New York, New York, NY, November 17, 1988.

"How Becoming a Mother Changes Mother/Daughter Relationships,"  A panelist on Motherworks, Lifetime Cable Television Program, New York, NY, February 16, 1988.

Service Awards

Certificate of Appreciation presented by Henry S. Kepner, Jr. President of NCTM anJames M. Rubillo, Executive Director of NCTM for Getting into the Mathematics Conversation: Valuing Communication in Mathematics Classrooms in recognition of a significant professional contribution to a Council publication.

Certificate of Appreciation presented by Francis M. Fennell, President of NCTM and Eric Milou, Program Chair NCTM 2007 Annual Meeting and Exposition for Making Teaching Children Mathematics Come Alive in Your Classroom in recognition for the excellence of the presentation at the Atlanta Georgia Annual Meeting. 

Certificate of Appreciation presented by Cathy Seeley, President of NCTM for Outstanding Service as an Editorial Panel Member for Teaching Children Mathematics, a premiere journal of the Council serving Pre-K - Fourth Grade mathematics teachers and teacher educators.

Certificate of Appreciation presented by Francis "Skip" Fennell, President of NCTM for Outstanding Service as an Editorial Panel Member for Teaching Children Mathematics, a premiere journal of the Council serving Pre-K - Fourth Grade mathematics teachers and teacher educators.

Gubernatorial Appointment to the Commission on Early Childhood Education, signed by Acting Governer Donald DiFrancesco in Trenton, NJ on May 7, 2001.

Selected Service Contributions

PROGRAM SERVICE

Child Care Committee

2007-2009

ARTP (Appointment, Retention, Tenure and Promotion) Committee

2007-2012

Graduate Committee

2007-2012

NCATE Committee

2007-2012

Personnel Committee

2007-2012

Research Committee

2007-2012

Scholarship Committee

2007-2012

Undergraduate Committee

2007-2012

COLLEGE / UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Transfer Advisement Counseling  

2010-2012

Courses Faculty Meeting -- (EC 4000 Capstone Revision Committee)

Fall 2011

Courses Faculty Meeting -- ("Teacher Work Sample") 

Spring 2011

Courses Faculty Meeting -- (EDUC 3400 Multi-Section Course)

2011-2012

Representative and Faculty Mentor for UG Open House

Spring 2010

University Promotion Committee

2005-2008

Dean Search Committee (Extended Search)

2005-2008

College RTP Committee (KFT Union Observer)

Spring 2007

Search Committee Associate Dean College of Education

Spring 2001

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Association for Children of New Jersey (ACNJ) --Rutgers Graduate School

and Public Education Institute, Pre-school Teacher Preparation Meetings

Spring 2007

New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) Office of Early Childhood

Education's Conversation with Higher Education Faculty

Spring 2006

Reading First Teacher Education Network (RFTEN) Project

2004-2007

NATIONAL SERVICE

NCTM Ad Hoc Reviewer for Teaching Children Mathematics 

2008-2012

Pearson Education Solution Consultation with Rep for Customizing Text

2009-2010

NCTM Editorial Panel Member for Teaching Children Mathematics

2004-2007