1986 Ed. D; Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments; Harvard University, Graduate School of Education; Dissertation: "Punctuation in a third grade class: An analysis of errors in period placement"; Courtney Cazden, major advisor
1991 M. A; Critical and Creative Thinking Program; specialization in writing, content instruction and critical thinking; University of Massachusetts at Boston, 1991; Thesis "Big ideas for little people: Critical thinking and mathematical concept exploration in elementary school"; Patricia Davidson, major advisor
1982 M.Ed.; Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments; curriculum, classroom language, and children's writing; Harvard University, Graduate School of Education
1966 B. A; English major, theater minor; University of Connecticut, 1966
, Joint Doctoral Program in Education, Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island
EDP 610: Core Seminar I and EDP 611: Core Seminar II; co-taught
EDP 611: Core Seminar I
EDP 612: Field Experience I, co-taught
EDP 613: Field Experience II, co-taught
EDP 620: Core Seminar II, co-taught
EDP 641: Research Seminar, co-taught
EDP 661: Language and Thinking in Schools, specialization course
ELED 500: Reflections: The Art and Science of Teaching
ELED 508: Language Arts in the Elementary School
ELED 527: Language Arts MAT Practicum
ELED 558: Developing Composition and Creative Writing Skills in the Elementary School
ELED 605: Elementary School Curriculum
FNED 527: Action Research
ELED 300: Concepts of Teaching, co-taught
ELED 422: Teaching Developmental Reading, practicum
ELED 435: Teaching Language Arts in the Elementary School, practicum
ELED 436: Teaching Elementary School Social Studies, practicum
Professor; Rhode Island College, Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, 1990
Department Chair; 1995 2004, 2008-present
Instructor; Harvard University Graduate School of Education, 1996-2002
Adjunct Faculty; University of Massachusetts at Boston, Critical and Creative Thinking Program, 1988-94
Teacher; grades 2-6; Provincetown, MA Elementary School, 1968-72, 1974-90
Teacher; grade 1; Colchester, CT Elementary School, 1965-66
BooksEndless possibilities: Generating curriculum in social studies and literacy
. (1995). Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann
Whole learning: Whole language and content in the upper elementary grades
. (1992) Katonah, NY: Richard C Owen
Juried Journal Articles
“Inquiry revisited: The role of puzzlement in today’s classrooms” LEARNing Landscapes, 4(2), Spring 2011, pp. 111-124.
"Problem-based thematic instruction." Language Arts, 1990, 67(1), pp 25-34.
"Playing with infinity in the sixth grade." Language Arts, 1988, 65(6), pp 557-566.
"Children's punctuation: An analysis of errors in period placement." Research in the Teaching of English, 1988, 22(1), pp 62-74.
"Coursework into classroom." Language Arts, 1986, 63(7), pp 705-709.
"Moonwatching: Learning and teaching as a scientific enterprise." Language Arts, 1986, 63(2), pp 148-152.
"Apostrophes, quotation marks, and periods: Learning punctuation in the first grade." With Giacobbe, M.E. and Cazden, C. Language Arts, 1983, 60(3), pp 323-332.
"Vygotsky in the classroom: An interactionist literacy framework in mathematics.” (1998). Reprinted in Lev Vygotsky: Critical Assessments
Edited by Peter Lloyd & Charles Fernyhough, Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press.
"Dora learns to write and in the process encounters punctuation," (1998). In Weaver, C, Ed. Lessons to share: On teaching grammar in context
. Portsmouth, NH: (1998) Heinemann.
"Messing up in science." (1996). In Hubbard, R. and Powers, R, eds. Oops: What we learn when our teaching fails
, , ME: Stenhouse.
"Forward.” (1996). In Fisher, B. Thinking and learning in schools
. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
"Vygotsky in the classroom: An interactionist framework in mathematics" (1994). In John-Steiner, V., Panofsky, C. & Smith, eds. Interactionist approaches to language and literacy
. New York: Cambridge University Press.
"Spontaneous and Scientific Concepts: Learning Punctuation in the First Grade." (1993). with Cazden, C. and Giacobbe, M.E. (1993). In Cazden, C., with Cordeiro, P., Giacobbe, M.E., Clay , M. and Hymes,D Whole Language Plus: Essays on Literacy in the United States and New Zealand
New York: Teachers College Press.
"Spontaneous and scientific concepts: Young children's learning of punctuation" with Cazden, C. and Giacobbe, M.E. (1993). In Wells, G. & Nicholls, J., eds. Language and learning: An interactionist perspective
. London: Falmer Press.
Featured Speaker: "Writing in content areas," National Council of Teachers of English, Department of Defense, University of Bordeaux International Conference, France, 1998.
"Growing language, generating curriculum in a sixth grade class," International Federation of Teachers of English, New York, 1995.
Featured Speaker: "Whole Learning in upper elementary school," Whole Language Umbrella, 1994.
"For educators new to whole language - 4th-8th Grade" Whole Language Umbrella, 1994.
"The power of story: Simulations and social studies"; Whole Language Umbrella, 1992.
"Content writing and trade books: Applying Whole Language in upper elementary school;" Whole Language Umbrella, 1990.
Invited: “Censorship – Elementary and Other Perspectives,” National Council of Teachers of English Affiliate Leadership Meeting, Las Vegas, 2004.
Keynote: "Personal and professional development," Rutgers Univ. Literacy Curriculum 1999
Featured Speaker: "Taking Care of Ourselves as Teachers," National Council of Teachers of English, Nashville, TN, 1998.
"Inquiry and Generative Curriculum," National Council of Teachers of English, 1996.
“Learning about learning: What I learned from Courtney Cazden," Conference to Honor Dr Courtney Cazden on her Retirement from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Ma, 1995.
Keynote: "Social Studies, Literacy and Imagination;" Houghton-Mifflin National Convention, 1995.
"Generating curriculum: Students and teachers learning together in the elementary classroom" with Bobbi Fisher; National Council of Teachers of English, 1994.
"Explicit instruction in whole language classrooms," National Council of Research in English; 1993.
"Children as curriculum coordinators" with Bobbi Fisher; National Council of Teachers of English, 1993.
"The trouble with assessment: Teacher-centered responsibilities in child-centered classrooms;" National Council of Teachers of English, 1993.
"Whole language with 10- to 15-year-olds: The challenge," Roundtable discussion; National Council of Teachers of English, 1993.
"Implementation and application, Grades 4-6: Collaborative efforts and transitions" all day Institute, Empowering Learners: Structuring a Whole Language Classroom; International Reading Association, 1993.
Keynote: "Whole Learning and change with older students," National Council of English, 1993.
"Whole Learning and social studies: Developing simulations in upper elementary school"; National Council of Teachers of English, 1992.
"Implementation and application, Grades 5-6: Collaborative environments to extend language for learning across the curriculum" Institute, Whole Language TLC: Freedom to Teach, Freedom to Learn, Freedom to Learn; International Reading Association, 1992.
"Implementation and application, Grades 4-6: Collaborative efforts and transitions" Institute, Empowering Learners: Structuring a Whole Language Classroom; International Reading Association National Convention, 1991.
"Help! Here come the Whole Language kids: Implications for process learning in the upper elementary grades" with Bobbi Fisher; National Council of Teachers of English, 1990.
Keynote, professional development day and follow-up week of professional development for teachers, Falmouth MA Schools, 2007.
Keynote: "Personal and professional development," Rutgers Univ. Literacy Curriculum 1999.
Keynote: "After the Reading Wars: What's a Teacher To Do?" Eastern Connecticut TAWL Group and Connecticut International Reading Association Affiliate, 1998.
Keynote: "Growing into learning: Changing as a whole language teacher," and workshops, Vermont Teachers Applying Whole Language, 1995.
Featured Speaker: "Social studies, whole language and imagination," and “The power of picture books in upper elementary school," Whole Language Conference, 1995
Classroom demonstrations and workshop on writing process, Salt Lake City, Utah;1995.
Keynote: "Generating Curriculum in Upper Elementary Classrooms," Whole Language Teachers Association, 1995
Keynote: "Changing as a teacher," Whole Language Regional Conference, 1995.
Featured Speaker; "Becoming a whole learner in upper elementary school," Greater Boston Councils of International Reading Association, 1994.
"The power of picture books in upper elementary school," Northeast Regional Council of National Council of Social Studies, 1994.
Keynote: "Social studies, whole language and imagination," Pioneer Valley Reading, 1994
Featured Speaker: "Whole Learning and social studies: Developing simulations in upper elementary school," and “Picture storybooks in upper elementary school," Concordia College, MN. 1994.
Keynote: "The Power of Story," Rhode Island Early Childhood Conference, 1994.
Keynote: "Reading to mean: Readers' interactions with text," and workshops, Illinois Language Arts Conference, 1993.
Keynote: "Literacy, social studies, & imagination," Whole Language Teachers Assoc, 1992.
Mary Tucker Thorp Award for Distinguished Scholarship; highest award given by Rhode Island College, a juried selection process; 1994
Best Advisor Award; for Faculty Advisor to Rhode Island College Debate Council, presented by Rhode Island College Student Community Government; an elected honor, 1994
Faculty Appreciation Award; Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in education, Rhode Island College Chapter; an elected award, 1991
Fellow; Lucretia Crocker Program for the dissemination of exemplary programs created by classroom teachers; a juried selection process including program, personal and classroom performance review; funded by Massachusetts Department of Education, 1988-89.
Grant evaluator, Charles N. Fortes Elementary School, Providence, RI; four-year, $150,000 National Endowment for the Humanities, 2005
Project Director, Virtual Professional Development Grant, 4th year, 2001- 2002
Site Coordinator, Charles N. Fortes Elementary School, Providence RI; Virtual Professional Development Grant, 1997-2003
American Educational Research Association
Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking, by invitation; Board, 1998-05
International Federation of Teachers of English, by invitation
National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy, by invitation
National Council of Teachers of English;
Chair, 1996-8, Steering Committee for Elementary Section; (by national election)
Support for Learning and Teaching of English; Chair 2003-06 (by national election)
Whole Language Umbrella