EDUCATION 

  • M.S. Adolescent Literacy 5-12, Saint Bonaventure University - May 2008

  • B.A. Adolescence Education in English 7-12, State University of New York at Fredonia - May 2005

 

CERTIFICATIONS

  • International Society Technology in Education Certified Educator - 2020

  • New York State Teaching Certification:  Literacy Education 5-12- 2009

  • New York State Teaching Certification: English Education 7-12 - 2009

 

WORK HISTORY

  • SUNY Brockport

    • Education and Human Development - Summer 2019-Present

    • Graduate Literacy Programme Lecturer

    • Undergraduate Disciplinary Literacy Lecturer

    • Student Teaching Supervisor

    • Undergraduate Advisor

  • Hilton Central School District -  International Baccalaureate, Essential School to Watch

    • Academic Intervention Services Specialist in Literacy - Secondary Level - September 2012-2019

    • Integrated Co-Teaching - Fall 2007-2019

    • English Educator - Grades 7 and 8 - Hilton Central School District - Fall 2007-June 2012

  • Olean City School District

    • English Educator - Grade 7 - Olean City School District - Fall 2005-June 2007

 

HONORS ⧫ AWARDS ⧫ GRANTS

  • ISTE Certified Educator - 2020

  • SUNY Brockport Presidential Teaching Excellence Award (PTEA) Nominee - 2020

  • Teacher of the Year Finalist - Hilton Central School District - 2019

  • Nomination for the 2019 New York State Teacher of the Year - Advanced to Round Three

  • Co-wrote and awarded a $1000.00 grant to create school-wide audiobook library through RALC

  • Selected to present at the International Standards of Technology Education - 2019

  • Selected for one of twenty spots for Tyrolia Literacy Institute in Waco, TX to learn alongside Kylene Beers, Penny Kittle, Linda Rief, and Bob Probst in an international candidate pool - 2018

 

LEADERSHIP ⧫  SERVICE

SUNY Brockport

  • Academic Planning Seminar (APS) Curriculum Development Committee, 2021

  • Undergraduate Advising, 2020-present

  • Literacy Committee, 2019-present

  • Childhood Committee, 2019

  • Adolescence Committee, 2019-present

  • Dispositions Committee, 2019-present

  • Task Force Member - Graduate Distinguished Scholar Award Review Committee, 2020-present

  • Task Force Member - Office of Scholar and Grants Development, 2020

  • Task Force Member - Childhood Committee - Department Brochure, 2020

  • Task Force Member - Childhood Committee - Open House Presentation, 2020

  • Task Force Member - Appointments, Promotion, & Tenure (APT) Online Observation Protocol, 2020 

  • Curriculum Development: EDI 745

  • Curriculum Development: SPA Accreditation Reflections and Revisions - MSED Literacy Program

  • Curriculum Development: SPA Accreditation Reflections and Revisions - EDI 634

  • Curriculum Development: SPA Accreditation Reflections and Revisions - EDI 739

  • Education and Human Development Representative - Majors and Minors Fair, 2020

  • Education and Human Development Representative - Fall Open House, 2019

Professional Organizations

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages - Convention Proposal Reviewer, 2021

  • NCTE Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers - Award Reviewer, 2020

  • NCTE Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry - Award Reviewer, 2020

  • New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education - Grant Reviewer, 2020

Hilton Central School District

  • Social Committee Co-Chair, 2014-2019

  • Student Council Advisor, 2013-2018

  • Response to Intervention Team Member, 2013-2018

  • Teacher Candidate Mentor, 2017

  • Washington DC Trip Bus Captain, 2011-2015

  • Brockport Teacher College Guest Speaker, 2014

  • PBIS Building Coach, 2008-2013

  • Cross Country Assistant Coach, 2008-2012

  • Presented PBIS Program and Incentives at SAANYS, 2011
     

PRESENTATIONS

  • 2021 ISTE National Conference - accepted to present

  • Synth Podcasting Tool - ISTE Certified Educator Virtual Forum - October 2020

  • Using Social Media and Technology for Equity-oriented Pedagogies - NCTE National Conference 2020*

  • In the Mix! Using Mixtapes, Poetry, Genius Hour - NCTE National Conference 2020*

  • Let's Celebrate! Genius Hour & Writing Workshop are Married in the Digital Age - ISTE Conference 2020*

  • Using Social Media to Grow Our Understanding of Equitable Practices - 29th Annual Conference on Instruction & Technology (CIT 2020) *

  • ISTE Standards for Educators - SUNY Brockport Scholars Forum 2019

  • Kick Yourself in the A**: Reclaim your Agency and Up the Ante - ISTE Conference 2019 

  • Cultivating and Audiobook Library - Rochester Area Literacy Conference Sail into Summer - 2019

  • Voice and Choice: Amplifying Student Learning, Hilton Cadet Tech Online Professional Development -  Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY - 2018

  • How to use HyperDocs in Your Instruction - MWMS PD Presentation - 2018

  • Teaching Literacy with the Common Core - SUNY Brockport - 2014

  • Differentiation in the English Language Arts Classroom - Hilton Central School District - 2011

  • Benefits of PBIS in Schools at the SAANYS Conference - 2011 

*Covid-19 cancelled these conferences

 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Pizzo, J., Rath, L. “Empowering Students to Engage in Global Children’s and Young Adult Literature through Multimodal Practices”, chapter in Embracing stories: Amplifying voices with global children's literature - under review

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • International Literacy Association (ILA)

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

  • Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN)

  • Rochester Area Literacy Council (RALC)

  • New York State Reading Association (NYSRA)

  • New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education (NYSCATE)

  • American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

 

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING

2020-2021

  • Embedding a Culture of Literacy in Teacher Preparation Programs - November 2020

  • ISTE Certified Educator Virtual Meet-Up - Participant - November 2020

  • Beyond the App: Students and Teachers Reading and Writing Together - Virtual Conference - November 2020

  • 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge - October-November 2020

  • Perspectives on Advancing Literacy Development: Understanding Contexts, Challenging Practices, and Changing the Narrative - Webinar - October 2020

  • ISTE Certified Educator Virtual Meet-Up - Presenter - October 2020

  • Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy - September 2020

2019-2020

  • How to Raise and Teach Anti-Racist Kids - June 2020

  • ISTE Certification, Rochester Regional Cohort - November 2019-August 2020

  • Critical Whiteness Studies Group - Virtual - May-August 2020

  • American Sign Language - SUNY Brockport, NY - Spring 2020

  • Introduction to Blackboard - SUNY  Brockport, NY - Fall 2019

2018-2019

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) - Philadelphia, PA

  • Developing Archipelago - a PLN for English teachers trialing writing and reading workshop - Rochester, NY

  • Launching Literacy Learning with Donalyn Miller in Rochester, NY - Rochester, NY

  • Tyrolia Literacy Institute w/ Kylene Beers, Bob Probst, Penny Kittle, and Linda Rief - Waco, TX

  • Sail into Summer:  Fake News and Today’s Issues through Rochester Area Literacy Council (RALC) - Rochester, NY

  • Video Coaching 300  - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Literacy Essentials Book Study:  Engagement, Excellence and Equity for ALL Learners

  • Growth Mindset, ATL’s and Learner Profiles

  • Cadet Tech on Demand Series 4:  Amplify Student Learning with FlipGrid and Hyperdocs

  • Cadet Tech on Demand Series 4:  Transform Your Students from Consumers to Producers with the New Google Sites

  • Cadet Tech on Demand Series 4: Be Internet Awesome with Google Interland

  • Cadet Tech on Demand Series 4:  To Hilton and Beyond: (In)Formally Build Your Professional Learning Network and Teacher Toolkit with Twitter

2017-2018

  • Video Coaching 200 - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Book Love: Developing Depth, Stamina, and Passion in Adolescent Readers Conference with Penny Kittle - Rochester, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3:  Introduction to Chromebooks

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3: Unleash the Power of Skype 

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3:  Chromebook Integration Strategies with a focus on FlipGrid, Padlet and Hyperdocs 

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3:  Transformative Formative Assessments

  • Collaborative Inquiry and Action Research

  • Skills First:  Instructional Technology Scope and Sequence

  • Differentiate:  Cool Tools and Creative Ways to Use Them 

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3:  Technology Tools for Independent Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3:  Technology Tools for Guided Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3:  Build Critical Thinking & Self-Management skills with Students using Google Forms

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 3: BreakoutEDU Basics

  • The Advantage Book Study - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Collaborative Inquiry and Action Research Grades 7-12 - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Skills First:  Uniting HCSD Curriculum and Technology Education - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Differentiate:  Cool Tools and Creative Ways to Use Them - BOCES 2 - Spencerport, NY

  • Inspire Learning & Creativity with Genius Hour - BOCES 1 - Penfield, NY

  • Sail into Summer - English Language Learners with ENL Expert Panel through Rochester Area Literacy Council 

2016-2017

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  OneNote for Teachers - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  OneNote Classroom Notebook - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  YouTube for You - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  Spark Classroom Communication with Adobe Spark - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  Assistive Tech with a Reading Module - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  Google Forms 3.0 - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  Flipped, Tossed and Gently Shaken 2.0 (Flipped Classrooms) - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 2:  PowToon Video Creation - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • The Power of Literacy with the New York State Literacy Conference - Rochester, NY

  • Learning in the Fast Lane Book Study - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Video Coaching 100 - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Strategies for Reading, Annotating and Analyzing Nonfiction 7-12 Book Study - Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

2016-Before

  • Cadet Tech On Demand Series 1:  Google Classroom 2.0 –  Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY

  • Completion of Inspire Learning and Creativity with Genius Hour 

  • Sail into Summer - Creative Teaching Workshop with the Rochester Area Literacy Council - Rochester, NY

  • Datacation -  Hilton Central School District - Hilton, NY


 

PROFESSIONAL TEXTS INFLUENCING MY BELIEFS

  • Beers, G. K., & Probst, R. E. (2017). Disrupting thinking: why how we read matters. Scholastic Inc.

  • Beers, K. (2003). When kids can't read: what teacher's can do. Bt Bound.

  • Bourque, P. (2019). Spark!: quick writes to kindle hearts and minds in elementary classrooms. Stenhouse Publishers.

  • Buehl, D. (2020). Classroom strategies for interactive learning. Stenhouse Publishers.

  • Crompton, H. (2017). Iste standards for educators: a guide for teachers and other professionals. International Society for Technology in Education.

  • Fisher, D., Frey, N., & Hattie, J. A. C. (2016). Visible learning for literacy: implementing the practices that work best to accelerate student learning: grades K-12. Corwin.

  • Gallagher, K., & Kittle, P. (2018). 180 Days: two teachers and the quest to engage and empower adolescents. Heinemann.

  • Kittle, P. (2013). Book love: developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers. Heinemann.

  • Knight, J. (2009). Coaching: approaches and perspectives. Corwin Press.

  • Knight, J. (2016). Better conversations: coaching ourselves and each other to be more credible, caring, and connected. Corwin, A Sage Company.

  • McGee, P. (2017). Feedback That Moves Writers Forward: How to Escape Correcting Mode to Transform Student Writing. Corwin.

  • Miller, D., & Anderson, J. (2011). The book whisperer: awakening the inner reader in every child. Scholastic Inc.

  • Moss, B., & Loh-Hagan, V. (2016). 40 Strategies for guiding readers through informational texts. The Guilford Press.

  • Muhammad, G., & Love, B. L. (2020). Cultivating genius: an equity framework for culturally and historically responsive literacy. Scholastic Inc.

  • Prather, L. (2017). Project-based writing: teaching writers to manage time and clarify purpose. Heinemann.

  • Rief, L. (2014). Read write teach: choice and challenge in the reading-writing workshop. Heinemann.

  • Rief, L. (2018). The quickwrite handbook: mentor texts to jumpstart your students' thinking and writing. Heinemann.

  • Stanier, M. B. (2016). The Coaching habit. Box of Crayons Press.

  • Winn, M. T., & Johnson, L. P. (2011). Writing instruction in the culturally relevant classroom. National Council of Teachers of English.

  • Ziemke, K., & Muhtaris, K. (2020). Read the world: rethinking literacy for empathy and action in a digital age. Heinemann.