As a professional and scholar I conscientiously and actively pursue professional activities in order to keep myself current with issues and concerns surrounding reading and language arts, maintain and expand professional relationships with colleagues in my discipline and other related disciplines, continue to be a relevant and productive contributor to my discipline and other related disciplines, and to add visibility to my department, school, and university.
Among my professional affiliations include: National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Reading Conference (NRC), International Reading Association (IRA), Connecticut Association for Reading Research (CARR), New England Reading Association (NERA), Phi Delta Kappa, CCSU Chapter (PDK), and the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT). I am also active in the Connecticut Literacy Think Tank, a consortium of professional educators who are either directly or indirectly involved in reading and language arts from the State of Connecticut, i.e., Central Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, St. Joseph’s College, University of Hartford, University of Bridgeport, University of Connecticut, and the State Department of Education/Bureau of Curriculum and Instruction. The Think Tank committee serves as a consulting/advisory body to the Connecticut Association for Reading Research and the Connecticut Reading Association on issues that impact on curriculum and instruction, and assessments in reading and language arts in the state of Connecticut. I also served as Publication Chair and Editor for the Connecticut Association for Reading Research (CARR). CARR is a professional organization dedicated to the enhancement and improvement of professional development of reading and language arts educators in Connecticut. It advocates leadership in support of research, policy and practice that improves reading instruction and supports the best interests of all learners and reading professionals. It also encourages and supports research at all levels of reading and language arts education to promote informed decision making by reading professionals, policy makers, and the public. Through CARR, our graduate students in reading and language arts have received scholarships and research awards. Additionally, I am Treasurer and Chair of the Membership Committee of the Phi Delta Kappa, CCSU Chapter. PDK is an international professional association in education designed to stimulate the professional growth of members and to deal with current problems and issues related to public education. My appointment to the State of Connecticut Task Force for helping struggling readers in Connecticut grades four to nine is beneficial to our department particularly in informing our curriculum and instruction in the clinical sequence—diagnosis and remediation in reading and language arts.
I have always been passionate and committed to working with teachers in classroom practice as well as parents in supporting their children’s literacy learning through professional development programs. I facilitated a series of Annual Parent University Collaborative Professional Development Project in the New Britain Consolidated Schools (2007, 2008 & 2009).
Recently, I have been invited to serve on the Board of the New Britain Grade-Level Reading Campaign, a funded program in collaboration with the Annie E. Casey Grade Level Reading Campaign, the Connecticut Center for School Change, the William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, and the Connecticut Department of Education to ensure that all students in New Britain are reading at grade level by the end of grade 3, and the Welcome to My World Autism-a support group for parents with children with autism. Serving on executive boards allows me to influence policies or decisions that impact student learning.
Board Member (2009-present). Welcome to My World Autism, a parent support group for parents with autistic children in New Britain and surrounding communities. New Britain, CT
Member (2010-present). Connecticut Shandong Principal and Teacher Shadowing Program, Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), CT
Board Member and Treasurer (1999-present). Phi Delta Kappa CCSU Chapter. New Britain, CT
Consultant, Professional Development Program in Content Area Reading, Norwich Middle Schools, Norwich Public Schools, CT, 2008-2009
Facilitator, Third Annual Parent University Collaborative Professional Development Project (2009). A series of professional development for parents in the New Britain Consolidated Schools, New Britain, CT
Facilitator, Second Annual Parent University Collaborative Professional Development Project (2008). A series of professional development for parents in the New Britain Consolidated Schools, New Britain, CT
Facilitator, First Annual Parent University Collaborative Professional Development Project (2007). A series of professional development for parents in the New Britain Consolidated Schools, New Britain, CT
Case Study Consultant (2007-2008). Pupils Services, Watertown Public Schools, CT
Case Study Consultant (2004-2007). Pupils Services, Granby Public Schools, CT
Professional Staff Trainer & Consultant in areas of reading and language arts, Norwich Middle Schools, Norwich Public Schools, CT
Publication Chair and Editor (2002-2005). Connecticut Association of Reading Research CARR), CT
Editorial Board Member (2009-present). New England Reading Association (NERA)
Executive Board Member (2005-2008). New Britain Alliance for Youth, New Britain, CT
Developer and facilitator (2001-2004). IMovie workshops for Pulaski Middle School faculty, aides, and students, New Britain, CT
Facilitator, Professional Development Schools (1999-2004). Pulaski Middle School, New Britain, CT
Member, Curriculum Language Arts Development Committee (2000-2003). Pulaski Middle School, New Britain, CT
Member, Strategic Technology Committee (2000-2002). VPDS Pulaski Middle School, New Britain, CT
Writer, Annual PDS Reports for Pulaski Middle School (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003).
Co-author, federal grant: Preparing teachers for the new millennium via electronic peer coaching and electronic peer mentoring—a literacy-technology based program for LEP/Bilingual students in the Connecticut Vocational-Technical Schools System. (2003). (not funded)
Developer, Strategic Technology Action Plan for Virtual Professional Development School (2002). Pulaski Middle School, New Britain, CT
Technology coordinator (1999-2001). Phi Delta Kappa CCSU Chapter, New Britain, CT
Member, Literacy Think Tank Committee, Statewide Inter-University Literacy Forum (1997 to present)
Consultant (1994-1996). Pima Community College Upward Bound Grant Writing Team Federally funded grant $5,000,000
Membership/Leadership in Professional Organizations
Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)
Nominated Member since 2010
Drawing from a membership of expert consultants, CELT builds and sends a qualified team of educational professionals to collaborate with individual schools, school systems, colleges, professional organizations, teachers, parents, and other community organizations.
Connecticut Association for Reading Research (CARR)
Board Member, 1999-2005; CARReader editor, 2000-2005; Member 1999-present
CARR, an International Reading Association Honor Council, encourages and supports research at all levels of reading and language arts education to promote informed decision making by reading professionals, policymakers, and the public.
International Reading Association (IRA)
Member since 1999; Conference presenter and participant
Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy. Members promote high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Member, since 1993; Conference presenter and participant
NCTE is a professional association of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts. The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
Board Member, 1999-present; Treasurer, 1999-present
PDK is one of the largest education associations in the world and has thousands of members dedicated to improving education, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and higher education faculty and administrators. For more than 100 years, it has focused its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership.
New England Reading Association (NERA)
Editorial Board, 2009-present; Associate Editor of NERA Journal, 2009-present
NERA is a non-profit organization which promotes and supports the improvement of reading on local, state, and regional levels; supports quality and effective reading and language arts instruction; and disseminates information of ideas, pertinent research, practices, and strategies; and fosters the opportunity for networking.