Dr. Shinas is director of the Language and Literacy Division.
Valerie Harlow Shinas
Professional Title: Division Director, Assistant Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Digital tools and texts for the literacy classroom; social semiotic theories of multimodality; teacher preparation; technology-integrated teaching and learning; TPACK, teacher inquiry
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: Literacy and technology; literacy theory, reading
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: Perspectives on Literacy, Learning, and Teaching; Research in Reading; Literacy: The Integration of the Language Arts; Content Literacy; Practicum: Interactive Instruction and Assessment
Education: BA, Anna Maria College; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts-Lowell; PhD, University of Delaware
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Valerie Harlow Shinas is an assistant professor in, and director of, the Language and Literacy Division of the Graduate School of Education. She joined Lesley University in 2012. A former middle school teacher and building-level reading specialist, Valerie is keenly interested in the ways technology can be used to enhance and extend instruction in the literacy classroom. With a particular focus on how digital tools and texts are used to support secondary-level, interdisciplinary instruction. Her recent research has centered on the TPACK theoretical framework and the ways that digital tools are used to support learning in the literacy classroom and within teacher preparation.
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