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:
Representative List of Publications:Steckel, B., & Shinas, V., (2017). Technology integration for the twenty-first century classroom: Principles for effective planning. New England Journal of Reading. 52(1). Van Vaerenewyck, L., Shinas, V., Steckel, B. (2017) Sarah’s story: One teacher’s enactment of TPACK plus in the history classroom. Literacy Research and Instruction. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/bTVBe5cexYFf2X9ApKuC/fullSteckel, B., Shinas, V. (2017). Its Not the Tools its the Teaching: Tips for Technology Integrated Vocabulary Instruction. LiteracyToday.34(3). http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/7c685ba3#/7c685ba3/24Mason, P., Shinas, V., Steckel, B., et.al, (2016). Readers, viewers, thinkers: Examining close reading through a practitioner’s lens: A white paper prepared by the Studies and Research Committee of the Massachusetts Reading Association. Primer 44 (2). Steckel, B. and Shinas, V. (2016). A new reason to collaborate: Working together to support student learning with technology. Primer 44 (2).Steckel, B. Shinas, V., Van Vaerenewyck, L. (2015). Artistic technology integration: Stories from primary and elementary classrooms. The Reading Teacher 69(1).Steckel, B., (2009). Fulfilling the Promise of Urban Literacy Coaches: What Does it Take to Make an Impact? The Reading Teacher 63(1).Steckel, B. (2009). A Coach’s Story, Primer 36(2).Steckel, B. and Seymour M. (2008). A Study Guide For Parents of High School Age Students, Assabet Valley Technical High School Title 1 Project publication.Steckel, B. (2005). Re-Conceptualizing Professional Development. Primer 33(1), 11-14.Steckel, B. and Conroy, C.A. (2005). Literacy Champions. Primer 33(1), 43-44. Reading Association, Studies and Research Committee publication.
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.email@example.com
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