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Eileen Kennedy
Professor
Early Childhood Education/ Behavioral Sciences and Human Services
Eileen Kennedy

Biography

Eileen Kennedy is an academic, writer, teacher, researcher who has spent 20 years in the field of education.


Courses

Education

Ph. D. in Language, Literacy and Learning. Fordham University Graduate School of Education, New York, NY.

M. S. in Special Education. Brooklyn College Graduate School of Education. Brooklyn, NY.

Baccalaureate in Journalism. University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia, MO.


College Teaching

Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Books:

Ready to Use Lessons and Activities for the Inclusive Primary Classroom (1997). New York: Prentice Hall.

Articles:

Teaching in the Linguistically Diverse Writing Classroom Touchstone, Vol 1 (1) (2008), pp. 17 – 22

“Connecting Writing and Speaking with Linguistically Diverse Teacher Education Students,” Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education , 29 (2008), pp. 157 – 171

“The Academic Writing of Teacher Candidates: Connecting Speaking and Writing,” L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature, 7(2) (2007), pp. 141-142

“Literacy Development of Linguistically Diverse First Graders in a Mainstream English Classroom: Connecting Speaking and Writing,” The Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Volume 6 (2), August, 2006

“Writing in Home Dialects: Choosing a Written Discourse in a Teacher Education Class,” Quarterly of the National Writing Project , Vol. 25, Nº. 2 (2003), pp. 2 – 6.

“Should We Invite Students to Write in Home Languages? Complicating the Yes/No Debate,” Composition Studies , Vol. 31, Nº. 1 (2003), (co-authored with Janet Bean, Maryann Cucchiara, Robert Eddy, Peter Elbow, Rhonda Grego, Rich Haswell, Patricia Irvine, Ellie Kutz, Al Lehner and Paul Kei Matsuda) pp. 25 – 42.

Book Chapters:

“Should We Invite Students to Write in Home Languages? Complicating the Yes/No Debate,” (2006). (co-authored with Janet Bean, Maryann Cucchiara, Robert Eddy, Peter Elbow, Rhonda Grego, Rich Haswell, Patricia Irvine, Ellie Kutz, Al Lehner and Paul Kei Matsuda). in Second-Language Writing in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook , PK. Matsuda, M. Cox, J. Jordan, C. Ortmeier-Hooper (eds), 225-240.

“Language Arts Methods” in MyLabSchool Instructor’s Resource Manual : Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon ( © 2006)

“Social Studies” in MyLabSchool Instructor’s Resource Manual : Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon (© 2007)

Presentations:

American Educational Research Association – April 11-18, 2005, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
     Individual Round Table Presentation for the Special Interest Group –
     Writing and Literacies
     “The Academic Writing of Teacher Candidates”
     Chair- Dr.  Patricia Irvine, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University 

International Association for Improvement of Mother Tongue Education- May
     10-13, 2005, Albi, France
     “Should We Invite Students to Write in Their Home Languages/Dialects:
     Complicating the Yes/No Debate”
     Chair: Dr. Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English Department – July 11-16, 2005
     Symposium of the Study of Writing and Teaching Writing – Visiting Scholar.
     Chair: Dr. Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 

Bilingual Education Conference – September 16, 2005 – Hostos Community
     College, Bronx, NY
     “Writing in Home Languages in the Mainstream English Classroom:
     Complicating the Debate.”
     Chair: Dr. Carlos Acevedo, Chair, Early Childhood Education, Hostos
     Community College. 

American Educational Research Association – April 7-12, 2006, San Francisco, CA
     Individual Round Table Presentation for the Special Interest Group – Writing
     and Literacies
     “Writing in Home Dialects in the Primary Classroom.”
     Chair, Dr. Joanna Larsen, University of Rochester

CUNY General Education Conference, May 5, 2006, Queensborough Community
     College, Queens, NY
     Group Presentation “General Education: From Community to Senior College”
     Chair: Dr. Linda Hirsch

Second Bilingual Education Conference on Education of English Language 
     Learners  K-16 – September 15-16, 2006, Hostos       Community College, Bronx,
     NY
     Group Panel: Emergent Writing of Bilingual Preschoolers: Connecting Theory
     to Practice”
     Chair: Elizabeth Sulzby, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

CUNY General Education Conference, May 7, 2010, Kingsborough Community,
     Brooklyn, NY
     Group Presentation “ Constructivist Techniques, the Writing Process and the CPE.”
     Chair: Laura Kates

Events and/or Key Dates


Research Interests

Kingsborough Community College/City University of New York, Brooklyn, NY

Wrote and published research on the academic writing of teacher candidates, especially students who speak different home languages than mainstream English.  Wrote an article on the reflexive practices of master teachers through general writing that was published in the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education.

Hostos Community College/City University of New York, New York City

Designed and piloted a research project on the effects of the spoken word on the written word in college students.   Conduced a pilot in early education classes  comparing the Nominal Group Discussion Technique with Case Story/Freewriting as a prelude to writing to develop writing proficiency in students.

Fordham University, New York, NY

Designed and implemented a research project on the effects of the spoken word on the written word for dissertation research.  Conducted a research project in an initial teacher education program on the academic essay with significant increases in essay scores. Utilized the Nominal Group Discussion Technique as a prelude to academic writing to develop writing proficiency in students.  Currently involved in a follow-up study to expand research findings.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

Participated as a researcher for two summers in a Symposium for the Study of the Teaching of Writing with an emphasis on students who speak different home languages and dialects other than English with 10 other researchers.  Out of this experience, we published an article in Composition Studies entitled “Should We Invite Students to Write in Home Languages?”


Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

Grants:

PSC CUNY Research Award Program – 2007-Emergent Writing in Bilingual Preschoolers.

PSC CUNY Research Award Program – 2006 – The Effects of Freewriting and the Nominal Group Technique  on Writing in Education Students.

Chancellor’s Least Restrictive Environment Initiative - wrote and developed

a grant for  $500,000 for a pilot inclusion program in District 22. Had $150,000 awarded.

Quipp Enrichment Grants - for two resource rooms six years running. Brought in

a hands-on science program from the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and an author-in-residence program.


Awards:
 

Excellence in Educational Initiatives Award - nominated in 1997 to the Brooklyn

Borough President’s Office for the Assimilated Inclusion Model.

Encouraging Scholarship Award – 2004, 2005, 2006 – for contributing to the community of scholarship at Hostos Community College/CUNY.


Presentations:
 

American Educational Research Association Montreal 2005 – Roundtable Presentation on “The Academic Writing of Teacher Candidates” for the Special Interest Group on Writing and Literacies.

International Association for Improvement of Mother Education –Albi, France 2005 – Group Symposium on “Should be Invite Students to Write in Their Home Dialects/Languages: Complicating the Yes/No Debate” – Presented with Dr. Peter Elbow, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Dr. Eleanor Kurtz, Professor Emeritus, University or Massachusetts, Boston,  and Dr. Al Lehner, Akita International University.


Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

National Council of Teachers of English

National Association of Bilingual Educators

International Association for the Improvement of Mother Tongue Education

International Reading Association

National Association for the Education of Young Children

TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Association for Childhood Education International

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society

American Educational Research Association

National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Council for Exceptional Children

Brooklyn Council on Reading

Society of Poets and Writers

Phi Delta Kappa


Personal Interests

Poetry

Biking

Hiking

Snow Shoeing


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