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Teaching & Higher Education Experience

2017Present

Department Chair

Salem State University, School of Education, Salem, MA 

Secondary and Higher Education Department

2015Present

Associate Professor

Salem State University, School of Education, Salem, MA

Secondary and Higher Education Department 

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Courses Taught

  • AGS 730: Meeting the Challenge of School Restructuring
  • AGS 730: Learning to Lead
  • AGS 734: Professional Development in an Age of School Reform
  • AGS 800: Techniques of Facilitative Leadership
  • EDC 760: Adolescent Literacy in the Disciplines
  • EDU 254A: Teaching the Adolescent
  • EDU 260A: Reading and Writing Strategies in Secondary Education
  • EDU 729: Literacy Coaching and Collaboration
  • EDU 787: Theory of Curriculum Design and Evaluation
  • EDU 814: Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • EDU 845: Literacy Leadership, Collaboration and Coaching
  • EDU 949DS: Seminar in Educational Leadership 
20092015

Assistant Professor

Salem State University, School of Education, Salem, MA

Secondary and Higher Education Department

20072010

Adjunct Lecturer on Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Language & Literacy Department

2009

Adjunct Instructor

Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
20012008

5th-8th grade Reading Specialist, Literacy Coach, & Drama Teacher

Maria L. Baldwin School (K-8), Cambridge, MA
20032008

Teaching Fellow  

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
20052006

Instructor

WIDE World Online Professional Development (Project Zero), Cambridge, MA

Education & Certifications

20032009

Ed.D. in Language & Literacy

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Dissertation: "Exploring Literacy Coaches’ Relationships with Teachers"

20002001

Ed.M. in Language & Literacy  

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA

Reading Specialist Certification Program

19962000

B.A. Honors in English & Psychology

University of Delaware, Newark, DE

Dean’s Scholar, Summa Cum Laude

1999

Coursework

Bank Street College of Education, New York, NY
  • TE 500: Child Development
  • TE 521: Language, Literature, & Emergent Literacy

State Teaching Certification

Massachusetts Professional Certification in Reading, grades K-12 (#371064)

Publications

Peer-Reviewed & Refereed Articles

Books

Invited / Edited Work & Book Chapters

  • Ippolito, J., & Fisher, D. (2019). Instructional leadership in disciplinary literacyEducational Leadership76(6), 50-56.
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Charner-Laird, M. (2018). Investing in implementation: Professional learning mechanisms for stronger disciplinary  literacy instructionLiteracy Today35(4), 16-17.
  • Condie, C., & Ippolito, J. (2017). Side-by-side learning: A summer program focused on science disciplinary literacyLiteracy Today, 35(1), 30-31.
  • Jacobs, V. A., & Ippolito, J. (2015). Improving comprehension of informational texts in the secondary classroom. In S. R. Parris, & K. Headley (Eds.), Comprehension instruction: Research-based best practices (3rd Ed.) (pp. 278-290). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Fahey, K., & Ippolito, J. (2015, April). Towards a general theory of SRI’s intentional learning communities. School Reform Initiative.
  • Ippolito, J. (2013). Professional learning as the key to linking content and literacy instruction. In J. Ippolito, J. F. Lawrence, & C. Zaller (Eds.), Adolescent literacy in the era of the common core: From research into practice (pp. 215-234). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Ippolito, J., & Lawrence, J. F. (2013). Bridging content and literacy knowledge and instruction: A framework for supporting secondary teachers and students. In J. Ippolito, J. F. Lawrence, & C. Zaller (Eds.). Adolescent literacy in the era of the common core: From research into practice (pp. 1-12). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Ippolito, J., & Zaller, C. (2013). Meeting the challenge of the common core state standards. In J. Ippolito, J. F. Lawrence, & C. Zaller (Eds.), Adolescent literacy in the era of the common core: From research into practice (pp. 235-249). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.
  • Ippolito, J. (2012). As literacy coach positions disappear “coaching” doesn’t have to. New England Reading Association Newsletter, 3(2), 5-7.
  • Ippolito, J., Steele, J. L., & Samson, J. F. (2012). Preface: Continuing the conversation on adolescent literacy. In J. Ippolito, J. L. Steele, & J. F. Samson (Eds.), Adolescent Literacy (pp. vii-xvii). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Publishing Group.
  • Ippolito, J., & Lieberman, J. (2012). Reading specialists and literacy coaches in secondary schools. In R. M. Bean & A. S. Dagen (Eds.), Best practices of literacy leaders (pp. 63-85). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Ippolito, J. (2010). Content-area literacy: Module 2. In J. Ippolito & J. F. Lawrence (Eds.), Massachusetts adolescent literacy professional development modules (Version 1.0). Malden, MA: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Public Consulting Group.
  • Ippolito, J., & Lawrence, J. F. (Eds.). (2010). Massachusetts adolescent literacy professional development modules (Version 1.0). Malden, MA: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Public Consulting Group.
  • Mason, P. A., & Ippolito, J. (2009). What is the role of reading specialists in promoting adolescent literacy? In J. Lewis (Ed.), Essential questions in adolescent literacy: Teachers and researchers describe what works in classrooms. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Ippolito, J., Steele, J. L., & Samson, J. F. (Eds.). (2008). Harvard educational review special issue: Adolescent literacy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Publishing Group.
  • Ippolito, J. & Lopes, T. (2006). AFS: U.S.A.-China discovery initiative: A formative program evaluation. White paper commissioned by the American Field Service (AFS) and the U.S. State Department.
  • Kaufman, T., & Ippolito, J. (2006). Teacher preparation for adolescent literacy instruction: Promising state policies and institutional practices. White paper commissioned by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
  • Snow, C., Ippolito, J., & Schwartz, R. (2006). What we know and what we need to know about literacy coaches in middle and high schools: A research synthesis and proposed research agenda. In the International Reading Association’s Standards for middle and high school literacy coaches (pp. 35-49). Newark, DE: Author. 

Digital Articles, Media, & Other Online Contributions

Conference Presentations & Papers

  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Charner-Laird, M. (2019, April). Looking back and looking forward at disciplinary literacy: Connecting inquiry and instruction. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Charner-Laird, M., Ippolito, J., & Dobbs, C. L. (2019, April). Moving towards joint work: Collaborating across disciplines on disciplinary literacy instructional practices at the middle school level. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2019, April). Considering the possibility of disciplinary literacy as a critical construct. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, Canada.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2018, November). A framework for understanding how teachers approach disciplinary literacy inquiry. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Indian Wells, CA 
  • Ippolito, J. (2018, July). From adolescent literacy to disciplinary literacy: A shift in policy, practice, and researchPresented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Bean, R. M., & Ippolito, J. (2018, July). What does “social capital” have to do with literacy coaching? Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Bean, R., Kern, D., Castek, J., & Ippolito, J. (2018, July). 2017 ILA standards: Preparing effective classroom literacy teachers. Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Austin, TX.
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Charner-Laird, M. (2018, April). What happens when interdisciplinary teams of teachers tackle "disciplinary literacy" instruction? Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2018, April). What do we mean when we say disciplinary literacy? Exploring a messy construct. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Charner-Laird, M. (2018, April). The professional learning needed to connect K-12 disciplinary literacy instruction. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Charner-Laird, M. (2017, November). Rediscovering citizenship through disciplinary and cross-disciplinary literacy work. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Tampa, FL.  
  • Bean, R. M., Helman, L. Ippolito, J., Kern, D., & Swan Dagen, A. (2017, July). The principal as orchestra leader: Interactions with literacy leaders. Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Bean, R. M., Kern, D., Risko, V., Walker-Dalhouse, D., Ippolito, J., et al. (2017, July). Preparing literacy professionals: Standards 2017 update. Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Ortlieb, E., Cassidy, J., Grote-Garcia, S., Ippolito, J., et al. (2017, July). Preparing literacy professionals: Standards 2017 update. Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Bean, R. M., & Ippolito, J. (2017, June). Coaching to promote individual and systemic change: Thinking and working as literacy leaders. Presented at the Annual Learning Sciences Building Expertise Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Ippolito, J., Breidenstein, A., Hensley, S. F., & Fahey, K. (2017, April). An "uncommon" theory of educational leadership: Preparing leaders who can facilitate transformational change in schools. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2017, April). Toward a more detailed model of professional learning within disciplinary literacy professional learning projects. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Charner-Laird, M., Dobbs, C. L., & Ippolito, J. (2017, April). Positing a theoretical model for teacher-led collaborative professional learning. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Condie, C., Ippolito, J., Giso, R., & White, E. (2017, April). New insights and discoveries in elementary disciplinary literacy: Teachers share their integration of science and literacy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2016, November). Is this literacy? Defining and redefining literacy in a disciplinary literacy professional development initiative. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Nashville, TN.
  • Condie, C. & Ippolito, J. (2016, November). Elementary teachers' emerging understanding of and instructional strategies for science disciplinary literacy. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Nashville, TN.
  • Bean, R., Ippolito, J., Kern, D., & Swan Dagen, A. (2016, November). Specialized literacy professionals in exemplary schools and their influence on the school literacy program. Presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. 
  • Kern, D., Bean, R., Perkins, H., DeVries, B., Goatley, V., Walker-Dalhouse, D., Swan Dagen, A., & Ippolito, J. (2016, November). Preview the ILA standards for literacy professionals 2017. Presented at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference, Myrtle Beach, SC. 
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., Charner-Laird, M. (2016, July). Similarities and differences in the collaborative inquiry of high school disciplinary literacy PLCs across four years. Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Bean, R. M., & Ippolito, J. (2016, July). Ways of thinking and working as a literacy leader: Coaching for rigorPresented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Kern, D., Bean, R. M., DeVries, B., Goatley, V., Ippolito, J., Perkins, H. J., Swan Dagen, A., & Walker-Dalhouse, D. (2016, July). ILA standards for literacy professionals 2017 update. Presented at the International Literacy Association’s Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Ippolito, J. (Chair) (2016, April). Disciplinary literacy across teacher education contexts. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2016, April). When a professional learning action space closes, does teacher professional capacity survive? Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Charner-Laird, M., Ippolito, J., & Dobbs, C. L. (2016, April). Framing professional learning of disciplinary literacy practices as adult development work. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., Charner-Laird, M., Ramos, J., Angione, M., Padgett, J., & Stevens, S. (2016, April). The content-area reading initiative: Disciplinary literacy lessons learned from science, math, and special education teachers. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2015, December). Bringing disciplinary literacy into stem classrooms: Findings from a collaborative inquiry-focused professional development initiative. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Carlsbad, CA.
  • Charner-Laird, M., Ippolito, J., & Dobbs, C. L. (2015, April). Teacher leaders: Maintaining momentum in disciplinary literacy-focused PLCs. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2015, April). Scaling up professional learning: Technical expectations and adaptive challenges. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Jacobs, V., & Ippolito, J. (2015, April). Comprehension of informational text: Purposes and processes. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Ippolito, J., & King, N. (2015, January). Facilitating imagemaking and storymaking explorations of text. Presented at the annual meeting of the School Reform Initiative, Tucson, AZ.
  • Fahey, K., & Ippolito, J. (2015, January). SRI research meeting. Presented at the annual meeting of the School Reform Initiative, Tucson, AZ.
  • Pomerantz, F. K., Ippolito, J., Leith, C., & Rintell, E. (2014, May). Using discussion-based protocols for reflecting & acting on student literacy data: Lessons learned from three northeast school districts. Presented at the International Reading Association’s Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Charner-Laird, M., Ippolito, J., & Dobbs, C. L. (2014, April). Learners as leaders: Teacher leadership as an essential component of team-based professional development. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Allen, A., Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., Leslie, K., & Ramos, J. (2014, April). Disciplinary literacies at the high school level: Facing common core. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Rintell, E., Ippolito, J., Leith, C., Minett, A., & Pomerantz, F. K. (2014, March). Lessons learned from unnatural conversations: The effects of using discussion-based protocols for reflecting and acting on ELL student literacy data. Presented at the annual American Association for Applied Linguistics Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Fahey, K., & Ippolito, J. (2014, January). Towards a general theory of critical friendship. Presented at the annual meeting of the School Reform Initiative, Cambridge, MA.
  • Fahey, K., & Ippolito, J. (2014, January). SRI’s emerging research. Presented at the annual meeting of the School Reform Initiative, Cambridge, MA.
  • Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Ramos, J. (2013, December). Successes and challenges of teacher leaders enacting disciplinary literacy in a high school setting: Year 1 of a 4-year case study. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Ippolito, J. (Chair). (2013, December). Getting to the core of adolescent literacy: A framework for meeting common core challenges. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Ippolito, J. (2013, December). Bridging content and literacy instruction: a six-domain framework. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Fahey, K., & Ippolito, J. (2013, April). Learning about leading across the K-12 and higher education divide. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Ippolito, J., & Pomerantz, F. (2013, April). Using protocols to boost literacy learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Quincy, MA.
  • Fahey, K., & Ippolito, J. (2013, January). Developing a national research and evaluation plan: Towards a general theory of critical friends groups. White paper presented at the annual meeting of the School Reform Initiative, San Antonio, TX.
  • Ippolito, J. (2012, December). How a principal and leadership team use video to focus adult and student learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Ippolito, J., & Mason, P. (2012, December). Literacy instructional leadership study group. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Ippolito, J. (2012, August). The role of literacy learning communities in supporting vocabulary work. Presented at the 2nd Annual Common Core Summer Institute, Orange County Department of Education, Orange, CA.
  • Ippolito, J. (2012, August). Literacy learning communities: Supporting literacy achievement. Presented at the 2nd Annual Common Core Summer Institute, Orange County Department of Education, Orange, CA. 
  • Ippolito, J. (2012, April). Informing leadership decisions on adolescent literacy. Presented at the ResearchAlliance for New York City Schools, Spring 2012 Colloquium, Informing New York City’s Middle School Initiative, New York, NY.
  • Ippolito, J. (2011, December). Fostering literacy achievement by fostering adult learning: The role of the principal in creating and sustaining a culture of ongoing literacy learning. Presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Ippolito, J. (2011, November). Literacy coaching and public practice: Building leadership capacity together. Presentation at Lesley University's annual Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI.
  • Ippolito, J. (2011, November). Disciplinary literacy and the common core. Presented at the Best Practices in Education Conference, Salem State University, Salem, MA. 
  • Ippolito, J., Messina, L., & Lieberman, J. (2011, April). Collaborative reflections on coaching: How literacy coaches can use discussion protocols and video footage to refine practice. Presentation at 3rd Annual International Literacy Coaching Summit, Widener University, Philadelphia, PA. 
  • Ippolito, J., & Mason, P. (2011, April). Lessons learned from designing a literacy coaching master’s program. Presentation at 3rd Annual International Literacy Coaching Summit, Widener University, Philadelphia, PA. 
  • Ippolito, J. (2010, December). Discussion-based protocols and literacy coaching: Exploring methods for balancing responsive and directive coaching work. Presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference / Literacy Research Association, Fort Worth, TX.
  • Ippolito, J. (2010, May). In pursuit of balanced literacy coaching: Identifying supports and barriers in coach-teacher relationships. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Denver, CO.
  • Ippolito, J., & Lieberman, J. (2010, April). Coaches as critical friends: A sustainable model for coach support. Presentation at 2nd Annual International Literacy Coaching Summit, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX.
  • Ippolito, J. (2009, December). Principals as partners with literacy coaches. Presentation at Lesley University's annual Leading for Literacy Conference, Newport, RI.
  • Hyland, C., Ippolito, J., & Saveriano, N. (2009, November). Improving adolescents’ inferencing skills: A key to improving comprehension. Presentation at Lesley University's annual Literacy for All Conference, Providence, RI.
  • Ippolito, J. (2009, April). How literacy coaches balance responsive and directive work with teachers. Research paper presented at the National Literacy Coaching Summit, Corpus Christi, TX.
  • Mason, P. A., & Ippolito, J. (2009, February). What is the role of reading specialists in promoting adolescent literacy? Book chapter presented at the International Reading Association’s Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Ippolito, J. (2008, December). Understanding responsive and directive relationships in literacy coaching work. Roundtable paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Reading Conference, Orlando, FL.
  • Ippolito, J., Steele, J. L., Samson, J. F., & Neugebauer, S. R. (2008, March). Improving Adolescents’ literacy skills: What do we know and what do we have to learn? Symposium presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  • Ippolito, J. (2007, May). Assessing the health of adolescent literacy coaching programs: How administrators might use teacher interviews as initial assessment data. Research poster presented at the International Reading Association’s Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada.
  • Ippolito, J., & Kral, C. (2007, March). Tensions in researching adolescent literacy coaching: Searching for the effects of coaching in Boston area schools. Roundtable presentation at the annual meeting of the Massachusetts Reading Association, Sturbridge, MA.
  • Ippolito, J. (2006, February). Middle school literacy reform: Teachers’ professional identities may matter more than student success in sustaining reform. Research paper presented at the annual meeting of the HGSE Student Research Conference / International Forum, Cambridge, MA.
  • Ippolito, J. & Rao, R. (2004, February). The past, present, and future of researching drama in education Roundtable paper presented at the annual meeting of the HGSE Student Research Conference / International Forum, Cambridge, MA.
  • King, N., Rudy, M.A., & Ippolito, J. (2001, April). The stories project: From image to word to book. Roundtable paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English conference, Tucson, AZ.

Other Education-related Work Experience

2008Present

Educational Consultant

Ippolito Consulting / AdLit PD and Consulting

Consult with school- and district-based leaders, instructional coaches, teachers, and specialists on matters related to literacy, instructional coaching, school change initiatives, and leadership.

2016PRESENT

Researcher and Literacy Coach

Wakefield Public Schools, Wakefield, MA
  • Supported the design and implementation of instructional coaching model, K-12.
  • Provided summer and yearlong support for all school & district instructional coaches.
2011Present

Researcher and Literacy Coach

Brookline Public Schools, Brookline, MA
  • Co-designed disciplinary literacy coaching model for high school and middle schools.
  • Leading content-area coaching efforts in two multi-year projects.
20142015

Researcher and Literacy Coach

One Dorchester Project, Dorchester, MA  
  • Coached high school teachers in disciplinary literacy, cross-school collaborative.
20092012

Researcher and Literacy Coach

Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA
  • Collected interview and observation data while supporting district-and school-based literacy coaches designing professional development.
20112012

Literacy Coach and University Partner

Chelmsford Public Schools, Chelmsford, MA
  • Co-designed and implemented data literacy coaching program in Chelmsford elementary and middle schools.
20102011

Researcher and Literacy Coach

Rundlett Middle School, Concord Public Schools, Concord, NH
  • Co-designed, implemented, and monitored a year-long literacy needs assessment and professional development and literacy coaching project.
20082009

Consultant and Instructional Designer

Aspen Institute’s Urban Literacy Leadership Network, Cambridge, MA
  • Co-designer of a K-12 literacy framework to guide district- and school-level decision-making regarding literacy instruction.
20082009

Literacy Coach and Consultant

Belmont High School, Belmont Public Schools, Belmont, MA
  • Led 6th-12th grade cross content-area teams of teachers in reflecting on instruction and disciplinary literacy lesson plans.
20062008

Editor / Co-Chair of Editorial Board  

Harvard Educational Review, Cambridge, MA
  • Wrote and acquired a $25,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York sponsoring a special issue on adolescent literacy.
2008

Literacy Coach and Consultant

Kennedy-Longfellow School (K-8), Cambridge Public Schools, Cambridge, MA
  • Led 6th-8th grade cross content-area team of teachers in designing and planning reading and writing workshop classes.
20052007

Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow (PITF)

Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, MA
  • Created websites for HGSE courses and research projects.
  • Coordinated creation/maintenance of digital content (instructional photos and videos).

Professional Roles, Affiliations, & Activities

2009-2019 Grants Written and Awarded

  • Co-author and Principal Investigator of School Reform Initiative Research Grant: $40,000.
  • Co-author of MA Gateway Cities Grant for Salem Public Schools & Salem State University: $128,000.
  • Co-author of IMLS Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums Grant for Lynn Public Schools and Salem State University (SSU): $96,517.
  • Co-author of MA state literacy partnership grant for Chelmsford Public Schools and SSU: $11,000.

2009-2019 Service to Salem State University

  • Member of the SSU University-wide Academic Policies Contract Committee (2018-2020)
  • Member of Salem State's TEDx committee (2018, 2019), organizing TEDx Salem State University events
  • Member of the Universal Design for Learning faculty learning community (2018-2019)
  • Co-designer and facilitator of 2018 School of Education Retreat, focused on equity and social justice issues in education
  • Member of Salem State university-wide internal communication committee, 2017-2019
  • Graduate Program Coordinator for the CAGS in Educational Leadership Program and Teacher Leadership Variable Credit Certificate Program, 2017-2019
  • Co-designer of new Teacher Leadership Variable Credit Graduate Certificate Program, 2017
  • Co-designer of new CAGS in Educational Leadership Program, 2017
  • Chair of faculty search committee, full-time temporary, Secondary Pedagogy and Assessment, 2017
  • Member of faculty search committee, full-time temporary, Early Childhood Education, 2017
  • Guest speaker at Salem State Massachusetts Children's Book Award Event, spring 2017 
  • Faculty Specialist in Advising, working with over 60 students per semester and serving as a liaison between faculty and the School of Education's student support center, 2016-2017
  • Member of School of Education sub-committee exploring fieldwork options for the 4+1 in Secondary Education program, Salem State, 2016-2017
  • Co-Chair of SSU School of Education’s Junior Faculty Research Mentoring Group, 2015-2019
  • Co-Chair of SSU School of Education’s Faculty and Staff Life Committee, 2015-present
  • Faculty lead in designing, implementing, and analyzing SSU School of Education's 2016 systems review
  • Member of SSU School of Education's Curriculum Committee, 2017-2020
  • Co-Chair of SSU School of Education’s Curriculum Committee, 2014-2016
  • Member of university-wide First-year Experience (FYE) Committee, 2013-2015
  • Member of Provost-appointed Education Working Group, reinventing the School of Education, 2012-2014
  • Member of university’s Enrollment Management Orientation, Registration & Retention Advisory Committee, 2011-2013
  • Member of the School of Education’s Curriculum Committee, 2009-2014
  • Member of Adolescent Education and Leadership Department “Critical Friends Group” with regional principals, assistant principals, and curriculum directors meeting monthly, 2011-2013
  • Mentor to SSU faculty conducting literacy coaching work on NOBELL Engl. lang. learner grant, 2013
  • Facilitator for First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) Series at Salem State, fall 2010-2014
  • Graduate Coordinator for Salem State University Teacher Leadership CAGS Program, 2010-2012
  • Chair of faculty search committee, tenure-track position, Foundations of Education and Diversity, 2013
  • Conducted focus groups, interviews, data analysis, and co-facilitated multi-semester needs assessment for Adolescent Education and Leadership Department, 2012-2013
  • Established and managed the “Literacy Faculty Working Group” at Salem State University: a professional learning community for SSU faculty doing research and working in schools on issues related to literacy instruction; meeting from 2011-2013
  • Co-presented at Gordon College / Northeast Regional Readiness Center Event on Oct. 5th, 2011 with Dr.
  • Kristan Rodriguez on the Common Core State Standards and Disciplinary Literacy
  • Co-Planned and facilitated School of Education and Unit Faculty Retreat for spring 2011
  • Co-designed the new logo for the Salem State University School of Education’s conceptual framework
  • Helped secure and then facilitated meetings as part of a literacy partnership grant between Chelmsford Public Schools and Salem State University
  • Worked on Ad Hoc Committee during summer 2011 revising and updating the School of Education’s unit and lesson plan templates and rubrics used across undergraduate and graduate education courses
  • Faculty representative for regional meeting with Education Commissioner Chester regarding Educational Leadership and Training at Salem State University and beyond
  • School of Education / Unit Committee Memberships: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Committee; CLAS (Committee for Licensure in the Arts & Sciences); consultant to Adolescent Education and Leadership chair Michelle Pierce in designing new departmental meeting structures
  • Consultant to Dr. Mary-Lou Breitborde, Interim Director of the MA Northeast Regional Readiness Center
  • Second Reader for Master’s Thesis Entitled: “Support Systems and Motivations of Fourth Year Teachers”
  • Assisted Dr. Tom Billings and Dr. William Bryan in piloting new school principal interview protocols as part of work for The Center for Secondary School Redesign

2009-2019 Service to the Wider Community

  • External grant reviewer for the Melrose Education Foundation (Fall 2018)
  • Member of the International Literacy Association's 2018–2019 Children’s Rights to Excellent Literacy Instruction Taskforce
  • Lead writer for Standard 6, International Literacy Association Standards Revision Committee, charged with revising U.S./International Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals (2017), serving from 2015-2018
  • Member of the Salem High School "Redesign" Team, Salem Public Schools, 2017-2018
  • Board Member for the Specialized Literacy Professionals SIG (Special Interest Group), an affiliate of the International Literacy Association (2017-2019)
  • Third reader on dissertation committee for Boston University doctoral candidate Jennifer Rabold (2013-2019); Jennifer graduated in Spring 2019
  • Third reader on dissertation committee for Boston University doctoral candidate Lisa Aulet (2015-2018); Lisa graduated in Spring 2018
  • Co-organizer of Massachusetts Teacher Leader Unconference, in collaboration with Lastinger Center, Univ. of Florida, October 2016
  • Completed Subject-Object Interview Training and Certification Program, Fall 2015
  • Mini-grant Chair for Massachusetts Association of College & University Reading Educators (MACURE), serving from 2016-2019
  • Technology Director for Massachusetts Association of College & University Reading Educators (MACURE), serving from 2014-2016
  • Organizer of First Annual Massachusetts Disciplinary Literacy Teacher Unconference, June 2015
  • President of Massachusetts Association of College & University Reading Educators (MACURE), serving from 2012-2014
  • As MACURE President: sponsored Leo Hanley Luncheon at Mass. Reading Association conference,
  • April, 2013; sponsored an evening on WIDA standards for MA Higher Ed. Faculty in Framingham, MA, Oct. 16, 2012
  • Organized and Facilitated Spring 2012 Annual MACURE Research Roundtables at the Mass. Reading
  • Association Conference in Sturbridge, MA
  • Expert reviewer for the International Reading Association’s 2013 Elva Knight Research Grant proposals
  • Expert member serving on Melrose Public Schools 2011-2012 superintendent search committee
  • Presented at Northeast Regional Readiness Center's Higher Education Workshop on the 2011 MA
  • Frameworks: Incorporating 2011 Curriculum Frameworks into Teacher Preparation and Higher Education: Discussions, Collaboration, and Exchange of ideas, Gordon College, Wenham, MA.
  • President-elect of MACURE (served from 2010-2012)
  • Member of the Cambridge Public Schools’ Disciplinary Literacy Network, 2011-2012
  • Facilitator at select Salem Public School principal meetings, in collaboration with the Salem Education
  • Foundation’s efforts to establish a principal and leadership network in the region, Fall 2011
  • Organized and Facilitated Spring 2011 Annual MACURE Research Roundtables at the Mass. Reading
  • Association Conference in Sturbridge, MA
  • Salem State University representative at state-sponsored “New Literacies” digital literacy conference during July 2011, Cambridge, MA
  • Expert reviewer for the Journal of Educational Change, Reading & Writing Quarterly and The Elementary School Journal
  • Member of External Expert Working Group, helping to create the Massachusetts Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Plan, 2010-2011
  • Panelist for ProLEER (Professional Learning network to advance Early Education Reform) Conference at Harvard University, Mar. 21-23, 2011
  • Provided feedback on statewide Readiness Center website creation
  • Organized City Year Panel Research/Practice Discussion on Adolescent Literacy (Dec. 9, 2010)
  • City Year “Thought Leader” and Consultant on Professional Learning and Adolescent Literacy
  • Co-designer and co-facilitator for Brookline Public Schools professional development day on Teacher
  • Leadership: “ALL The Power of Teachers as Leaders: Lessons from Practice and Research,” Nov. 2, 2010
  • Panelist for MACURE discussion of new federal and state standards (Common Core/ELA), Oct. 22, 2010
  • Panelist for “Junior Faculty Panel” at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Oct. 21, 2010
  • Consultant for Cambridge Public Schools for district- and school-based literacy coaching efforts
  • Consultant for Salem Public Schools for Readiness School Application
  • Public school outreach marketing new Teacher Leadership CAGS at Salem State University
  • Adolescent Literacy/Middle School Strand Chair, Lesley University’s 2009 Literacy for All Conference

Awards

  • Educational Leadership article on disciplinary literacy for instructional leaders featured in the Marshall Memo 2019
  • Investigating Disciplinary Literacy (2017), co-authored book, nominated for prestigious Edward B. Fry Book Award from the Literacy Research Association
  • Co-recipient of Emilio and Mary DiFelice Endowment funding to support 2018 research on disciplinary literacy professional learning experiences of middle school teachers in the Boston area
  • Co-recipient of Emilio and Mary DiFelice Endowment funding to support 2016 research on elementary school disciplinary literacy teaching practices
  • Co-recipient of Massachusetts Reading Association Sylvia Brown Scholarship 2016
  • Emilio and Mary DiFelice Endowment funding to support sabbatical-related research 2015
  • Inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, the Education Honor Society 2015
  • Earned International Reading Association’s “Honor Council Status” for two years as 2014
  • President of the Massachusetts Association of College and Univ. Reading Educators
  • Co-recipient of Massachusetts Reading Association Sylvia Brown Scholarship 2013
  • Inducted into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
  • Elementary School Journal article on literacy coaching featured in the Marshall Memo 2011
  • Granted “Faculty in the Schools” Award from Salem State University
  • Elected Class Marshal, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Dissertation proposal selected as a “Model Proposal” by HGSE Committee on Degrees 2007
  • Elected Co-chair of the Harvard Educational Review Editorial Board
  • Recipient of a Spencer Research Apprenticeship Grant 2006
  • Recipient of a Harvard University Presidential Instructional Technology Fellow Award
  • Recipient of a HGSE Dean’s Summer Fellowship Grant for the summer of 2006
  • Recipient of a HGSE Dean’s Summer Fellowship Grant for the summer of 2005 2005
  • Recipient (under Dr. Connie Juel) of a Harvard Provost’s Technology Award grant 2004

Active Involvement in the Following Regional and National Professional Organizations

  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • International Literacy Association (ILA)
  • Literacy Research Association (LRA)
  • Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators (MACURE)
  • Massachusetts Reading Association (MRA)
  • School Reform Initiative (SRI)
  • Specialized Literacy Professionals SIG (Special Interest Group), an affiliate of the International Literacy Association