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Laura R. Kates
Assistant Professor
Early Childhood Education, Department of Behavioral Science and Human Services
Laura Kates

Biography

Laura Kates, Ed.D., is an associate professor and the deputy director of the Education Program.
She joined the faculty of Kingsborough in the fall of 2006. Prior to that, she was a New York City
teacher and, for fifteen years, a curriculum consultant and staff developer in the New York City schools.

In her role as a professor, Laura continues to be committed to the continuous improvement of pedagogy and
practice and is involved with many of Kingsborough’s Teaching and Learning initiatives including KCTL and
Opening Doors and Advanced Learning Communities. She is a WAC certified instructor, a member of the Brooklyn
Public Scholars Faculty Seminar and a frequent presenter at the KCC Faculty Forum. She is also the co-chair
of the Middle States Committees on Institutional Assessment and Assessment of Student Learning.

Laura has participated in many CUNY-wide activities including attending the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program
and the Professional Development Institute’s Articulation Workgroup and presenting at the CUNY
General Education Conference, the CUNY Education Conference, the CUNY Undergraduate Education Conference,
and the CUNY Early Childhood Education Faculty Research Symposium.

Laura conducts qualitative research related
to how to best prepare teacher education students for the rewards and challenges of twenty first century
classrooms and schools.


Courses

EDC 02000  Foundations of Education.

EDC 090A4  Seminar and Practicum in Teacher Development

HUM 00200  Early Literacy and Children’s Literature

HUM 08181  Development of Literacy in Children


Education

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching, Teachers College Columbia University, 2005

Master of Science in Education, Bank Street College of Education, 1990

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, New York University, 1983


College Teaching

Teachers College, Columbia University   (Fall 2003 – Spring 2005)

Bank Street College of Education (Fall, 1991- Spring, 2000)


Selected Publications and/or Other Resources

Kates, L.R. (2013, in press). Aspiring teachers becoming strategic readers: Instructional scaffolds and social supports. The New Educator.

Kates, L.R. (2011). Toward meaningful assessment: Lessons from five first grade classrooms. Bank Street Occasional Papers, #26. http://bankstreet.edu/occasional-papers/issues/op-26/

 Kates, L.R. (2011). Building a bridge from the experiential to the textual: Preparing critical readers for a complex teaching terrain. In Cohan, A. & Honigsfeld, A., (Eds.), Breaking the mold of pre-service and in-service teacher education: Innovative and successful practices for the 21st century. Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield.

 Kates, L.R. (2010). Student perspectives on transfer and articulation: Implications for teacher education pedagogy and practice. The New Educator, 6(1), 30-55.

Events and/or Key Dates

May, 2013, Presentation at the Ninth Annual CUNY CUE Conference: “Scaffolding Strategic Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom: Engaging and Effective Practices”
 
March 2013, Presentation at The Annual Conference of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs: "Aspiring Teachers Becoming Strategic Readers: Instructional Scaffolds and Social Supports"

April 2012,
Session Chair:  Transitions and Transactions: Literature Pedagogy In Community Colleges” Conference, Borough Of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

May 2011, Paper presented at Kingsborough Community College Faculty Forum: “Fostering the Development of Critical Reading Strategies: Utilizing a Simplified Seminaring Approach”

May 2011, Paper presented at The CUNY Education Conference:“Fostering the Development of Urban Teacher Education Students’ Critical Reading Strategies: A Social Constructivist Approach”

May 2010, Paper presented at The Sixth Annual CUNY General Education Conference: “Constructivist Techniques, the Writing Process and the CPE” 

April 2009, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association: “Student Perspectives on Transfer and Articulation: Implications for Teacher Education Pedagogy and Practice”

April 2009, Paper presented at the First Annual CUNY Education Conference: “Teacher Education Students Talk About their Transfer: Implications for Research and Practice”

October 2008, Paper presented at the CUNY Early Childhood Education Faculty Reception and Research Symposium: “Student Perspectives on Transfer and Articulation: Implications for Teacher Education Pedagogy and Practice”

 March 2008, Paper presented at the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP) National Conference:
“Transfer and Articulation in the Urban University System: Integrating Student Perceptions and Perspectives Into the Knowledge Base”

 June 2007, Paper presented at National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 16th National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development:“Making Mandates Mean: Critical and Constructivist Approaches to Professional Development”

April 2006, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA): “Making Mandates Mean: Streams of Influence in Six Teachers’ Sense-making about a Literacy Performance Assessment”


Research Interests

Teacher education pedagogy, policy and program design 

Students’ perspectives on their learning experiences

Integration of critical literacy into undergraduate teacher education


Awards Recognition, Distinctions and Grants

GRANTS 

Graduate NYC! Curriculum and Alignment Project, 2013-2014
“A Standards-Based Approach to Cross Institutional Analysis of Student Work”

President’s Faculty Innovation Award, 2010-2011
“Fostering the Development of Critical Reading Strategies: Utilizing a Simplified Seminaring Approach”

 CUNY Faculty Development Grant, 2007
“Identification and Remediation of Challenges in the Transfer from Community to Senior College for Early Childhood Education Students: A Study of the Transition in the Jointly Registered Program between Kingsborough Community College and Brooklyn College”

 Coordinated Undergraduate Education Initiative (C.U.E.), 2007
“Kingsborough-Brooklyn College Transfer Project for Early Childhood Education Students”

AWARDS

2008-2013 Kingsborough Community College Faculty Achievement Award 


Institutional Affiliations / Professional Societies

MANUSCRIPT REVIEWER FOR

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education
The New Educator 
 

PROPOSAL REVIEWER FOR 

American Educational Research Association, Division K
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
American Educational Research Association
National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs 
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators


Personal Interests

Cooking

Eating

Reading

Movie Going

Museum Going

Yoga and Meditation


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