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University of Connecticut Neag School of Education ORCA

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Dr. Donald Leu

Dr. Donald J. Leu
University of Connecticut
donald.leu@uconn.edu

Don Leu is the John and Maria Neag Endowed Chair in Literacy and Technology at the University of Connecticut and is the Director of the New Literacies Research Lab. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association, was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame, and is a former President of the Literacy Research Association. Don is an international authority on the new literacies of online reading comprehension and how best to prepare students for reading and learning in an online age of information. A graduate of Michigan State, Harvard, and Berkeley, he has more than 100 publications and twenty books and has given keynote addresses in Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, and North America. He is co-editor of the Handbook of Research on New Literacies (Erlbaum).

Co-PIs

Dr. Jonna Kulikowich

Dr. Jonna Kulikowich
The Pennsylvania State University
jmk35@psu.edu

Dr. Jonna Kulikowich is a Professor of Education in the Department of Educational and School Psychology and Special Education at The Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Kulikowich has published extensively in the top-tier journals of Educational Psychology, Instructional Design, and the Learning Sciences which are directly relevant to the theoretical and methodological ideas and procedures outlined in this proposal. Her research and teaching interests are in the areas of domain knowledge acquisition and problem solving, cognitive psychometrics, and latent variable modeling.

 

Dr. Nell Sedransk

Dr. Nell Sedransk
National Institute of Statistical Sciences
sedransk@niss.org

Dr. Nell Sedransk is Associate Director of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences and the Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute, also Professor of Statistics at North Carolina State University. She is an Elected Fellow of both the International Statistical Institute and the American Statistical Association. She has applied her technical expertise in the areas of design of complex experiments and Bayesian inference in a wide range of applications from physiology and medicine to engineering and sensors to social science including education and assessment.

 

Dr. Julie Coiro

Dr. Julie Coiro
University of Rhode Island
jcoiro@mail.uri.edu

Julie Coiro is an Associate Professor of Reading in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. Previous to that, Julie worked as Co-Director of The New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut. She has degrees in Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Psychology and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in elementary and secondary literacy. She speaks nationally about her research in reading comprehension strategy instruction, the new literacies of the Internet, online reading comprehension, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development. Julie has published in venues such as Reading Research Quarterly, The Reading Teacher, Educational Leadership, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Theoretical Processes and Models of Reading (5th edition) and The International Handbook of Literacy and Technology (2nd edition).  She is also co-editor of the Handbook of Research on New Literacies (Erlbaum, 2008). You can access some of Julie’s work from her university website at http://www.uri.edu/hss/education/faculty/coiro.html

 

Project Manager

Donna Bone
donna.bone@uconn.edu

Donna Bone is the Project Manager for the ORCA Project as well as the the New Literacies Research Lab. She coordinates the ORCA project work and assigns the workflow within her office to a group of office assistants.

 

Doctoral Researchers

Heidi Everett-Cacopardo
everettcacopardo@gmail.com

Heidi Everett-Cacopardo was a Neag Fellow, doctoral student, and researcher with the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut. She is now teaching secondary science education in New Haven, Connecticut. 

 

Elena Forzani
elenaforzani@gmail.com

Elena Forzani is a doctoral student and Neag Fellow in Cognition and Instruction at the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the New Literacies Research Team, she taught first grade in rural Louisiana as a Teach for America corps member and later taught high school English and Reading at Achievement First’s flagship high school in New Haven, Connecticut. She earned her Masters of Education in literacy from the University of Michigan.

 

Clint Kennedy
ctkennedy@gmail.com

Clint Kennedy is a doctoral student in Cognition and Instruction, a Neag Fellow, and a member of the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut. He is currently Scholar in Residence at the New London, Connecticut Science and Technology Magnet School. He is the former Chief Technology Officer for Branford Public Schools and Director of Technology for Stonington Public Schools both in Connecticut. He earned his Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and received his undergraduate degree in Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

J. Greg McVerry
jgregmcverry@gmail.com

Greg McVerry was a Neag Fellow, doctoral student, and researcher with the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut. He has completed his dissertation and is now an Assistant Professor of Education at the Southern Connecticut State University.

 

W. Ian O’Byrne
wiobyrne@gmail.com

Ian O’Byrne was a Neag Fellow, doctoral student, and researcher with the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut. He has completed his dissertation and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of New Haven.

 

Lisa Zawilinski
lzread98@gmail.com

Lisa Zawilinski was a Neag Fellow, doctoral student, and researcher with the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut. She has completed her dissertation and is now an Assistant Professor of Education at the University of Hartford.

 

Cheryl Maykel
cherylmaykel@gmail.com

Cheryl Maykel is a doctoral candidate in the school psychology program, a Neag Fellow, and a member of the New Literacies Research Team at the University of Connecticut. She earned an M.A. in Educational Psychology from UConn in 2010, and a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from Worcester State University in 2009.