Dr. Steckel's literacy and reading courses are enriched by her background as a reading specialist, literacy coach, and literacy consultant.
Professional Title: Associate Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Literacy coaches and their influence on the professional development of in-service teachers.
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Literacy, reading, English language arts
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Practicum: Interactive Instruction and Assessment; Role of the Language Arts Specialist; Integration of the Language Arts; Content Area Literacy
Education: BA, MS, Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York; EdD, Boston University
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions:
Steckel, B., & Shinas, V. (2014). Technology-Integrated Literacy Instruction: A Reason for Teachers to Celebrate and Collaborate, Primer, 43(1). 24.Steckel, B., & Shinas, V. (Under review) Artistic Technology-Integrated Instruction for the K-12 Classroom, under review for publication in Educational Leadership, the journal of the ASCD. Steckel, B., & Shinas, V. (Under review) Artistic Technology Integration: Stories from Primary/Elementary Classrooms, under review for publication in The Reading Teacher. Steckel, B., & Shinas, V. (2014). Book Contract with TCM Shell Publishers- Its not about the Tools, its about the Teaching: Planning for Artistic Technology-Integrated Instruction in the Literacy and Content-Area Classroom.Steckel, B. (2009). Fulfilling the Promise of Literacy Coaches in Urban Schools: What Does it Take to Make an Impact The Reading Teacher. 63(1). 14-23.
Presentations: National and Regional
Stories From the Classroom-Artistic Integration of Literacy, Technology and Content Instruction, National Council of Teachers of English, to be presented with Valerie Shinas in Washington, D.C., Nov 22, 2014.TPACK+ in the Pre-K-12th grade Classroom - Examining Teachers Technology Integrated Instruction, Literacy Researcher Association, to be presented with Valerie Shinas, Marco Island, Florida, December 3rd 2014.Beyond TPACK: Examining Literacy Teachers Technology Integration Literacy Researcher Association, to be presented with Valerie Shinas and Leah Van Vaerenewyck, Marco Island, Florida, December 4th 2014.Presentations: StatePlanning for Technology Integrated Instruction-A Sixth Grade Team and the Creation of a Self-Sustaining Learning Community, Massachusetts Computer Using Educators, To be presented with Valerie Shinas, Jason Dimen, Kathryn McMillan, Janet LaVigne, Nancy Melbourne, Boston, MA, October 22, 2014.Technology-Integrated Literacy Instruction: A Carousel of Artistic Technology- Integrated Practices, Primary. Presented with Valerie Shinas, Cathlin LaRocco, Blake Siskovich, Debra McLean, Kristin Kilcommins, Sturbridge, MA, April 2014.Technology-Integrated Literacy Instruction: A Carousel of Artistic Technology- integrated Practices, Middle School. Presented with Valerie Shinas, Jason Dimen, Kathryn McMillan, Janet LaVigne, Nancy Melbourne, Peggy Harvey, Sturbridge, MA, April 2014.Strategies for Children, Inc.Turning the Page: Refocusing Massachusetts for Reading Success Event Series Event 2: Professional Development. Invited as a panel participant, The College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, February 28, 2013.
A Reading Teachers Carousel of Practical Suggestions for your Classroom Literacy Program, Massachusetts Reading Association, , presented with Pamela Kairallah, Jillian Kenney, Liz Carlson, Daniela Canella, Any Tansey, Margery Miller, Sturbridge, MA, April 2012.
Presentation on reading
specialists and their work with English Language Learners at the
Literacy Researchers Association annual meeting, December, 2010.
on Reading Specialists working with Culturally and Linguistically
Diverse Students at National Reading Conference, December, 2010.
at the National Literacy Coaches Summit in April 2011: how literacy
coaches have effectively promoted teacher engagement and professional
development to improve student achievement.
Planning for Technology Integrated Instruction-A Sixth Grade Team and the Creation of a Self-Sustaining Learning Community. Co-Presented session at the Lesley University Scholarship Day with Dr. Shinas, Jason Dimen, Kathryn McMillan, Janet LaVigne, Nancy Melbourne, Peggy Harvey, Cambridge, MA, March 2014.Community Embedded Practice, presented with Marcia Bromfield, Mariagnese Cattanio, Harriet Deane, Margery Staman Miller, Eleanor Roffman at the Lesley University Creativity Commons, Cambridge, MA, November 2012.Presentation of Russell Research Award Project at School of Education Meeting, invited by Dean Gillette, This session was to provide an overview of projects for the Russell family and faculty members at a school meeting, Cambridge, MA, May 2012.
Research Project: Artistic Technology-Integrated Literacy Instruction, How do effective integrators of technology use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within literacy and disciplinary instruction - A conceptual framework and guiding principles for application into practice. 2013-2014.
Dr. Steckel's courses are enriched by her background as an elementary and middle school reading specialist, literacy coach, adolescent literacy consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and director of a district literacy program. As coach and director of literacy she has made a significant contribution to improvement of literacy education through initiatives to introduce teachers and administrators to formative assessments, varied fiction and nonfiction materials, and research-based instructional practices. Her courses reflect her focus on the practical concerns and needs of teachers as they attempt to make a positive impact on the literacy lives of students.Recent consulting work includes to the Mason Pilot School, Roxbury, MA (Needs assessment and program evaluation, January, 2014), and Consultant SchoolRise, National School Reform Initiative organized by Katherine Au (University of Hawaii) and Taffy Raphael (University of Illinois) 2010-2011. Dr. Steckel is also active in various organizations: The Massachusetts Association for College and University Reading Educators, President, 2014-2016. Research Round Table Coordinator, Massachusetts Association for College and University Reading Educators, Sturbridge, MA, 2014. Massachusetts Reading Association, On-line Member Services Committee, 2014. Governing Board Member, Mason Pilot School, Roxbury, MA 2013-2014. Literacy Researchers Association, Member. The International Reading Association, Member. President of the Massachusetts Reading Association; presented sessions on current issues in literacy at the annual conference of the MRA, the Greater Boston Council of the International Reading Association, Literacy For All, and The International Reading Association.firstname.lastname@example.org
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