Vitae Lauren Freedman

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Lauren Freedman
Western Michigan University
College of Education, Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies
3506 Sangren Hall
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
(269) 387-3495
[email protected]
EDUCATION
Degrees
Ph.D.
1996
Language, Reading and Culture
Major: Children’s and Adolescent Literature
Minor: Multicultural Education
M.Ed.
1979
Reading K-12
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ
B.A.
1969
English Literature (With Distinction)
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ
Other Educational Experiences
2007-2008
ERAC/CE (Eliminating Racism And Claiming/
Celebrating Equality) Team Training
Kalamazoo, Michigan
2008
National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in
Higher Education
Orlando, Florida
2008
Equity Conference
Ferris State University
2006
Anti-Racism Workshop
Western Michigan
University & ERAC/CE
2005 & 2006
Symposium on Literacy Achievement
Michigan State
University (LARC)
Literacy Achievement
Research Center
1999
Literacy Learning in the Classroom
Battle Creek Public
Schools
1992
Southern Arizona Writing Project
University of Arizona
1986
Independent Study
Developed, wrote, implemented a SS/LA
Block Curriculum for At-Risk 8th Graders
University of Arizona
1985
Folger Shakespeare Library/NEH
Teaching Shakespeare Institute
American University
Washington, D.C.
1981
Women in Literature Institute
University of Arizona
1980
The Institute for Equity in Education
University of Arizona
1973
Post Baccalaureate Secondary Teacher
Certification Program
University of Arizona
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
2008 -
Professor, Literacy Studies
Western Michigan University
2007-2008
Interim Chair, Special Education and
Literacy Studies
Western Michigan University
2007-
Co-Director, Middle School Literacy Initiative
Benton Harbor Area Schools
Benton Harbor, Michigan
2006-2007
Professor, Literacy Studies
Western Michigan University
2002-2006
Associate Professor, Literacy Studies
Western Michigan University
1996-2002
Assistant Professor, Literacy Studies
Western Michigan University
2006-
Consultant to The Community Partnership
for Lifelong Learning
Benton Harbor, Michigan
2005-2006
Battle Creek Literacy Consultant
Battle Creek Public Schools
2004-2005
GEAR UP/Battle Creek Literacy Consultant
Battle Creek Public Schools
2000-2003
GEAR UP Site Coordinator
Battle Creek Public Schools
2003-2004
GEAR UP Literacy Consultant
Battle Creek Public Schools
2002
Literacy Consultant
Kalamazoo Public Schools
2002
Literacy Consultant
Decatur Public Schools
2000
Literacy Consultant
Oak Park Public Schools
1998-
Literacy Consultant
Battle Creek Public Schools
1995-1996
Graduate Teaching Associate
University of Arizona
1994-1995
Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Arizona
1979-1994
Teacher, Townsend Middle School
Tucson Unified School District
Language Arts, Social Studies, Drama
1974-1979
Teacher (7 -8), Carson Middle School
Tucson Unified School District
Language Arts, Reading, Student Council
1974
Teacher (7-8), Naylor Middle School
2
Tucson Unified School District
Language Arts, Reading
HONORS AND AWARDS
2004/2005
Administrative Merit Award
Western Michigan University
2004
Journal of Reading Education Outstanding
Article Award 2003-2004
Organization of Teacher
Educators in Reading
(Special Interest group
of the International Reading
Association)
1997
Administrative Merit Award
Western Michigan University
1996
Affiliate Journal Honorable Mention Award
for The Arizona English Bulletin
published by The Arizona English
Teachers Association
National Council of Teachers of
English
1994
Language, Reading and Culture Graduate
Student Fellowship
University of Arizona
1988 and 1989
School Bell Award for Outstanding Community
Newsletter and Outstanding External
Publication
Arizona Education Association
CURRENT PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS
International Reading Association (IRA)
National Reading Conference (NRC)
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK)
American Association of Colleges for Teacher
Education (AACTE)
Michigan Reading Association (MRA)
Publications
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., & Thomas, K. (2008). Strengthening Secondary Readers: Teaching
Confidence, Independence, Metacognition,and Stamina. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Freedman, L. & Carver, C. (May 2007). Pre-service teacher understandings of adolescent literacy
development: Naïve wonder to dawning realization to intellectual rigor. Journal of Adolescent
and Adult Literacy, 50 (8), 654-665.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (2005) Funny how these things can be explained in a children’s book:
Using children’s literature to address issues of social justice. In Wolf, L. & Rhodes, C.S. (Eds.),
Social (In) Justice. Flushing, NY: Queens College Press.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (2005). Developing critical awareness at the middle level: Using texts as
tools for critique and pleasure. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (2005). Content Area Literature circles: Using discussion for learning across
the curriculum. Norwood, MA: Christopher-Gordon, Publishers, Inc.
Freedman, L. & Johnson, H. (2004). Inquiry, Literacy, and Learning in the Middle Grades. Norwood,
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MA: Christopher-Gordon, Publishers, Inc.
Freedman, L. & Johnson, H. (2003). Beyond their own experience: teacher education students'
exploration of social justice issues through Newbery winners, The Giver and
Out of the Dust. Journal of Reading Education,28(2), 16-25. Received Article of the Year Award
from Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading, Special Interest group of the International
Reading Association.
Johnson, H. & Freedman L. (2001). Talking about content knowledge at the middle level: Using
informational trade books in content area literature circles. The Language and Literacy
Spectrum,11, 52-62.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (2001). Oral and written narratives: Using stories to create
community at the middle level. The Middle School Journal, 32(5), 35-44.
Freedman, L. & Johnson, H. (2000/2001). Who’s protecting whom?: Selection versus self-censorship in
the choice of young adult literature for use in middle level classrooms. Journal of Adult and
Adolescent Literacy,44 (4), 356-369.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., Taylor, M., & Fallona, C. (1998). The subject/object dilemma in gender and
literacy research: Self disclosure and its analysis. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No.
ED 416 449).
Brinkley, E.H., Weaver, C., Campbell, P, Houston, M., Williams, J, Little, V., Monaghan, M,
Freedman, L., Bird, B. and Bird, J. (1997). Believing in what’s possible, taking action to make
a difference. Language Arts,74, 537-544.
Short, K. G. (Editor), Brown, B., Ferguson, M. J., Freedman, L., Giorgis, C., Kaser, S., Laird, J., Leith, R.,
Martens, P., Mathis, J. B., Pritchard, T. G., Schroeder, J. S., Schwartz, E. G., Tarkoff, T. L.
(1995). Research and professional resources in children’s literature: Piecing a patchwork quilt.
Newark, DE: International Reading Association
Freedman, L. (1994). Six beliefs: Literature in the middle. English Journal, 83(7) 95-98.
Freedman, L. (Ed), Young, A., Williams, J., Schmidt, S., & O’Shaunessay, P. (2000). Sports, Hobbies
and Games. In Adventuring with books. Ed. by K. Pierce. Urbana, IL: National Council of
Teachersof English.
Freedman, L. (1997-1999). Children’s literature: What’s on the horizon. Column in Reading Horizons,
39(4), 313-316; 39(3), 231-233; 39 (2), 153-156; 39(1), 91-93; 38(4), 293-296; 38(3),227-230;
38(2), 161-162; 38(1), 78; 37(4), 321-323.
Freedman, L. (1997). The Dewey Center: A neighborhood school of choice, not a charter. Michigan
for Public Education News and Views, 3(3), 3.
Freedman, L. (1997). Professional resource reviews: Stories, narratives, and cases in teaching English
Language Arts. Arizona English Bulletin, 39(3), 49-51.
Freedman, L. & Fox, D. L. (1996). Professional resource reviews: Using multiple texts and multiple
perspectives in the curriculum. Arizona English Bulletin, 38 (3), 38-40.
Freedman, L. (1995). Book reviews: Literature in the classroom. Arizona English Bulletin, 38(1), 60.
Freedman, L. (1993). Teacher talk: The role of the teacher in literature discussion groups. Cycles of
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meaning: Exploring the potential of talk in learning communities. K. Pierce & C. Gilles, Eds.
Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Brinkley, E. H. with Weaver, C., Campbell, P. Houston, M., Williams, J., Little, V., Monaghan, M.
Freedman, L., and Bird, B. & J. (1999). Believing in what's possible: Taking action to make a
difference. In Trends and Issues in Elementary Language Arts: 1999 Edition, pp. 171-204.
Urbana, IL: NCTE
Freedman, L. (1996). Once upon a time: Storying in a middle school classroom. Unpublished doctoral
dissertation. University of Arizona, Tucson.
Freedman, L. (1995). Down with queen literature! The place of literature in a democratic classroom.
Arizona English Bulletin, 38(1), 13-19).
CURRENT RESEARCH
2007-
Research on the Literacy Initiative in Benton Harbor Area Schools middle schools (Fair
Plain and Hull) including professional development for teachers with a focus on
Instructional strategies for continuous literacy development across the curriculum using
inquiry and text sets of multiple materials.
2006-2007
Research on an Adult Literacy Tutoring Program in conjunction with the Community
Partnership for Lifelong Learning in Benton Harbor, MI. The research looks
specifically at Tutor Training and effectiveness.
2004-2006
Research on the effectiveness of professional development with middle and high school
content teachers with Robin Abbott, Language Arts and Social Studies Curriculum
Coordinator for Battle Creek Public Schools
2003-2007
Research on the efficacy elements of Confidence, Independence, Metacognition,
Stamina on learning and literacy development with Karen Thomas and Holly Johnson
2003-2006
Research in Teacher Preparation. Secondary Literacy Methods 301/ Secondary General
Methods 302 Integration Project with Cindy Carver.
2001-2005
GEAR UP Partnership. Study of Instruction and Assessment Strategies for Literacy
Development . Middle Schools/Battle Creek Public Schools.
2001-2004
Freedman, L. & Thomas, K. with Colvin, M., Gay, L., Graham, R., North, T., & Turri, T.
Oak Park Literacy/Inquiry Study. Key Elementary/Oak Park School District.
PRESENTATIONS
Schroeder, J., Johnson, H., Short, K., Crawford-McKinney, K., Freedman, L. (2008). On the Shoulders
of Giants: Building Literacy Kowledge Across Time and Contexts. Whole Language Umbrella,
Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L., Thomas, K.F., Seawood, L., Austin, S., El-Amin, K., Moore, A. (2007). Adult Literacy
Development. National Reading Conference, Austin, TX.
Thomas, K. F. & Freedman, L. (2007). A self-efficacy model for literacy instruction: Confidence,
Independence, Metacognition, Stamina (CIMS). Michigan Reading Association, Grand
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Rapids, MI.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., Thomas, K.F., Crawford, K. (November/December, 2006). Actions that
Create, actions that destroy: Middle school students’ thoughts on reading self-efficacy and
In-school practices. National Reading Conference, Los Angeles, CA.
Freedman, L., Johnson, H. & Thomas, K. F. (August, 2006). Building secondary students’ reading
self-efficicy: Strategies and practices that develop confidence, independence, metacognition,
and Stamina. 21st World Congress on Reading of The International Reading Association.
ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary
Thomas, K. F. & Freedman, L. (March, 2006). Confidence, independence, metacognition, stamina
(CIMS): A model for reading instruction. Michigan Reading Association: Detroit, MI
Freedman, L., Johnson, H. & Thomas, K.F. (December, 2005). Building secondary
students’ literacy self-efficacy in academic content areas: Strategies and practices that develop
CIMS (confidence, independence, metacognition, stamina). National Reading Conference,
Miami, FL.
Freedman, L., Johnson, H., & Thomas, K. F. (May, 2005). Developing self-efficacy in middle level
learners through strategic literacy engagements. International Reading Association, San Antonio,
Texas.
Carver, C. & Freedman, L. (April, 2005). From naïve wonder to stunned silence to intellectual rigor:
Preservice candidates’ changing views of teaching and learning through coursework. AERA, Div
K, Section 5, Chicago, IL.
Carver, C. & Freedman, L. ( January, 2005). Lessons learned from linking adolescent content literacy with
general methods. Association of Teacher Education, Chicago, IL.
Thomas, K. F., Freedman, L., & Johnson , H. (December 2004). CIMS (Confidence,
Independence, Metacognition, Stamina): A literacy framework for effective literacy Instruction.
National Reading Conference, San Antonio, Texas
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., & Thomas, K. F. (November, 2004). Literacy development, the continent of
Africa, and inspiring middle level learners with both. National Council of Teachersof English,
Indianapolis, Indiana.
Freedman, L., Johnson, H., & Thomas, K. F. (July, 2004). Literacy development, the continent of Africa,
and researching the process of middle level learning. Literacies for All Summer Institute/Whole
Language Umbrella, St Louis, Missouri.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (July, 2003). Inquiry in the middle: A framework for content learning through
continuous literacy development. Literacies for All Summer Institute/Whole Language Umbrella,
St. Paul, Minnesota.
Freedman, L., Abbott, R., & McNally, C. (October, 2002). Inquiry in the middle: Using an inquiry
framework to foster continuous literacy development. Michigan Council of Teachers of English,
Lansing, Michigan.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (July 2002). Using literature circles in content subjects:
Connecting knowledge, comprehension, and the Language Arts. International Reading
Association 19th World Congress on Reading, Edinburgh, Scotland.
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Freedman, L. ,Thomas, K., Gay, L., & Turri, T. (March 2002). Educating and empowering
ourselves and our students through Inquiry. 46th Annual Michigan Reading Association
Conference, Detroit, Michigan.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., & Abbott, R. (March 2002). Transcending borders: Middle level students’
cross-cultural engagements in literature discussions. National Council of Teachers of English
Spring Conference, Portland, OR.
Freedman, L. & Johnson, H. (November 2001). Let's talk about it: Using trade books
and discussion to increase content knowledge. A three hour Pre-conference Session.
National Middle School Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L. & Fallona, C. (November 2001). Continuity and diversity:
Engaging middle level students in the power of words and the importance of critical thinking
and reading. National Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference, Baltimore, MD
Freedman, L., Thomas, K. F., Colvin, M., & Graham, B. (March 2001). A model for professional
development in literacy: A school/university partnership. Michigan Reading Association
Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.
Freedman, L. & Thomas, K. F. (March 2001). Inquiring about inquiry: Teacher staff development
to build literacy strategies across the curriculum within an inquiry framework. American
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.
Thomas, K. F. & Freedman, L. (November, 2000). What I didn't learn: Preservice literacy education
of secondary teachers. National Reading Conference Annual Meeting, Scottsdale, AZ.
Johnson, H. , Freedman, L. & Thompson, B. (November, 2000). Middle Grades, picture books, and
curricular borders: Using literature circles for connecting content knowledge, comprehension,
and the language arts. National Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference, Milwaukee,
WI.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (November, 2000). Picture books and beyond: Using trade materials
in literature discussions for content knowledge acquisition. National Middle School
Association Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., & Fallona, C. (July, 2000). Issues of social justice: Letting
the literature for children speak (Paper Session). International Reading Association18th
World Congress on Reading. Auckland, New Zealand.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., & Fallona, C. (March, 2000). Using picture books as cultural
confrontation: Exploring issues of social justice in teacher-education courses (Panel
Presentation). National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference: New York, NY.
Thomas, K. F. & Freedman, L. (February, 2000). When teachers practice what they don’t
believe: The moral dimensions of teaching local and state policies and mandates (paper session).
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Annual Meeting: Chicago, IL.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L. & Fallona, C. (December, 1999). Using picture books as tools
for confrontation: Exploring issues of social justice in teacher-education courses (roundtable).
National Reading Conference: Orlando, FL.
Freedman, L., Johnson, H., & Fallona, C. (December, 1999). Issues of social justice:
Letting the literature speak (paper session). National Reading Conference: Orlando, FL.
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Freedman, L., Johnson, H. & Schroeder, J. (November, 1999). Inquiry in the Middle: A
curricular framework that fosters reading development. National Council of Teachers of
English: Denver, CO.
Moore, M., Lockhart, J. & Freedman, L. (November, 1999). Readers ourselves: An
interactive session for readers. National Council of Teachers of English: Denver, CO.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (October, 1999). Getting them talking: Using picture books.
National Middle School Association: Orlando, FL.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (March, 1999). Using inquiry to motivate students’ reading. Michigan
Reading Association: Grand Rapids, MI.
Thomas, K. & Freedman L. (December, 1998). What I practice is not what I believe: Cognitive
dissonance in the literacy classroom (paper session). National Reading Conference: Austin, TX.
Miller, S., Freedman, L., Winograd, P., O’Neil, S., Palinscar, A., Farstrup, A., Vogt, ME. & Thomas, K.
(December, 1998). Legislative pressures to alter literacy research and instruction: What can we
do when it seems like there’s nothing we can do? (Alternative Format) National Reading
Conference: Austin,TX.
Freedman, L., Janisch, C., Johnson, H. & Fallona, C. (December, 1998). Instructional implications of
teachers’ beliefs about the reading process and themselves as readers. National Reading
Conference: Austin, TX.
Spector, J. et al (November, 1998). College conversations: Table 9 - Designing more authentic curricular
challenges and practices of teacher educators. National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE):
Nashville, TN.
Johnson, H. & Freedman, L. (November, 1998). How do we get there from here? Creating thematic
units that connect to students’ interests, adolescent literature, and each other. National
Middle School Association Conference: Denver, CO.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., Fallona, C. (March 1998). Curriculum, teaching, and ways of knowing
(Gender and literacy: A self-study of educators’ beliefs and knowledge). National Council of
Teachers of English, Spring Conference: Albuquerque, NM.
Thomas, K. & Freedman, L. (March, 1998). Literacy through literature in the middle grades. Michigan
Reading Association Conference: Grand Rapids, MI.
Freedman, L., Johnson, H. & Fallona, C. (December, 1997). Using adolescent literature: The
ideological issues involved in teachers’/researchers’ choices. National Reading Conference:
Scottsdale, AZ.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L. & Fallona, C. (November, 1997). Choice as a moral endeavor: The use of
Children’s and Adolescent fiction in classroom research. National Council of Teachers of
English Fall Conference: Detroit, MI.
Freedman, L. (August, 1997). Inquiry: A multiage, learning centered curriculum framework. National
Conference: Multiage Continuous Progress: Kalamazoo, MI.
Freedman, L. & Schroeder, J. (April, 1997). Telling tales out of school: The role of story in teacher
research and practice. National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference:
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Charlotte, NC.
Johnson, H., Freedman, L., Fallona, C. & Taylor, M. (December, 1996). The subject/object dilemma
in gender and literacy research: Self disclosure and its analysis. National Reading Conference:
Charleston, SC.
Freedman, L. & Schroeder, J. (November, 1996). What’s in a story: The role of narrative in the
classroom. National Council of Teachers of English Fall Conference: Chicago, IL.
Anders, P.L., Fox, D. L., Fallona, C., Freedman, L., Greene, T., Johnson, H., Marasco, J., Taylor, M.,
Phillips, M. & Schroeder, J. (December, 1995). Gender and literacy: Representations of
educators’ beliefs and knowledge. National Reading Conference: New Orleans, LA.
Fox, D. L., Freedman, L. & Mathis, J. B. (March, 1995). Literature discussion in preservice teacher
education: Building tomorrow’s classrooms for diversity. National Council of Teachers of
English Spring Conference: Minneapolis, MN.
Fox, D. L., Fallona, C., Freedman, L., Greene, T., Johnson, H., Marasco, J., Phillips, M., Schroeder, J. &
Taylor, M. (March, 1995). Gender and literacy: A case study of educators’ beliefs and
knowledge. 16th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum: Philadelphia, PA.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (January, 1995). Community: An inquiry project. Western Regional Middle
Level Conference: Tucson, AZ.
Short, K. G., Brown, B., Ferguson, M. J., Freedman, L., Giorgis, C., Kaser, S., Laird, J., Leith, R.,
Martens,P., Mathis, J. B., Pritchard, T. G., Schroeder, J. S., Schwartz, E. G. & Tarkoff, T. L.
(December,1994). Piecing together a patchwork quilt: Research and professional resources in
Children’s literature. National Reading Conference: San Diego, CA.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (November, 1993). We the people: An inquiry project. National Middle
School Association Conference: Portland, OR.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (February, 1993). We the people: A collaborative language arts/social
studies unit. Regional Middle School Association Conference: Colorado Springs, CO.
Schroeder, et al [Freedman, L. - Recorder/Reactor] (November, 2000). Something that matters: building
our professional community. National Council of Teachers of English: Milwaukee, WI.
Short, K. (Freedman, L. - Recorder/Reactor) (November, 1998). Reading instruction within an inquiry
curriculum. National Council of Teachers of English: Nashville, TN.
Freedman, L. (October, 1998). Inquiry: A curricular framework for creating a literate, learning centered
classroom community. Celebrate Literacy Conference at Grand Valley State University: Grand
Rapids, MI.
Freedman, L. (October, 1996). The role and use of literature in the content areas. Inter-Institutional
Teacher Education Council of West Michigan “Fire Up” Conference: Aquinas College,
Grand Rapids, MI.
Freedman, L. & Schroeder, J. (October, 1995). What’s in a Story? The place of story in school. Tucson
Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL) Fall Conference: Tucson, AZ.
Fox, D. L. & Freedman, L. (September, 1995). Writing for publication in The Arizona English Bulletin.
Arizona English Teachers Association Fall Conference: Phoenix, AZ.
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Freedman, L. (March, 1995). Community building: An inquiry project. Children’s Literature and Literacy
Conference: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Fox, D. L., Anders, P., Greene, T., Freedman, L., Johnson, H., Lohff, L., Marasco, J., Phillips, M., Pozner,
S., Schroeder, J., Taylor, M. & Wang, D. (February, 1995). Gender and literacy: A case study of
educators’ beliefs and knowledge. 8th Annual LRC Graduate Student Colloquy: University of
Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (October, 1994). Community: An inquiry project. Tucson Teachers
Applying Whole Language (TAWL) Fall Conference: Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (March, 1994). We the people: An inquiry project. Children’s literature and
literacy Conference: University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L., Kishbaugh, S., Bazil, B., Hall, A. & Fox, D. L. (January, 1994). Using writing-to-learn in
the middle school: A professional development workshop. Southern Arizona Writing Project
SAWP: Gridley Middle School, Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Tarkoff, T. (June, 1993). Reading, writing, thinking, collaborating: Tools for learning.
Southern Arizona Writing Project (SAWP): University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. (April, 1993). Inquiry projects: Real writing for real purposes. Arizona Writing Projects
Conference: Flagstaff, AZ.
Merrill, Y., Freedman, L., Bubony, G., & Baker, E. (March, 1993). Writing across the curriculum: A panel
discussion. University of Arizona Composition Board Spring Conference: Tucson, AZ.
Short, K. G., Schroeder, J., Kazer, S. & Freedman, L. (January, 1992). Teachers’ choices: Integrating
literature into the curriculum. Southwest Regional International Reading Association (IRA)
Conference: Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (April, 1992). Teaching A Midsummer Night’s Dream and other comedies:
Shakespeare 1592-1992: A Workshop for Teachers. Westwood High School, Mesa, AZ.
Tarkoff, T. & Freedman, L. (November, 1992). Literature as a way of knowing. Tucson Teachers
Applying
Whole Language (TAWL): Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Dinius, B. S. (November, 1992). Literature and student collaboration in a 7th grade
integrated social studies-language arts unit. Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language
(TAWL): Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. (October, 1988). Teaching Shakespeare in the middle school. Arizona English Teachers
Association Fall Conference: Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Smith, R. (October, 1987). Reading Across the curriculum. Arizona English Teachers
Association Fall conference: Tucson, AZ.
Freedman, L. & Smith, R. (September, 1987). Reading to learn: A middle school priority. Arizona State
Reading Association: Tucson, AZ.
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Invited Presentations
Freedman, L. (March, 2007). Adolescent Reading Process and Development in Middle and High School.
Celebrating Literacy, Strengthening Our Community Conference, Benton Harbor,
Michigan.
Freedman, L. (Oct., 2006). Literacy and Inquiry. Inservice for Lakeshore Middle School, Tim Shepard,
Principal.
Freedman, L. (Oct./Nov. 2001). Literacy and the Use of Multiple Materials. Inservice for Battle Creek
Lakeview Junior High; Jim Owen, Principal.
Freedman, L. (July, 2001). Literacy and Social Justice Issues. Guest Speaker in ED 636 invited by
Lynn Brice, Ph.D. Western Michigan University.
Freedman, L. (June, 2001). Literacy Processes and the Use of Multiple Materials. Bangor Public
Schools Middle School Inservice.
Freedman, L. (April, 2000). Early Adolescent Motivation. Southeastern Junior High School/Battle Creek
Public Schools.
Freedman, L. (January, 2000). Middle School Literacy Inservice; Battle Creek Public Schools.
Freedman, L. (September & October, 1999). Middle School Literacy Inservice; Battle Creek
Public Schools
Freedman, L. (August, 1999). Responsive Teaching and Diversity Issues. New Teacher Workshop
session. Battle Creek Public Schools.
Bilbrey, B., Abbott, R., Gardella, T., & Freedman, L. (April, 1999). Battle Creek Instructional Model.
Battle Creek Public Schools Middle School Inservice.
Freedman, L. (April, 1999). Literacy across the disciplines. Springfield Middle School, Battle Creek
Public Schools: Battle Creek, MI.
Freedman, L. (March, 1999). Inquiry and trade books in the Social Studies. W.K. Kellogg Middle School,
Battle Creek Public Schools: Battle Creek, MI.
Freedman, L. & Smith, MJ. (February, 1999). Middle School Literacy: Galesburg-Augusta School
Improvement Workshop. Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools.
Freedman, L. (October, 1998). Quality Work. Springfield Middle School/Battle Creek Public Schools.
Freedman, L. (March, 1998). Adolescent Power. W.K. Kellogg Junior High School Parent/Teacher
Meeting/Battle Creek Public Schools
Birds of a Feather Discussion Co-facilitator: Issues in Adolescent Literacy. (December,1997). National
Reading Conference: Scottsdale, AZ
PROFESSIONAL SERVICE
To the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies
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Fall 2008
Literacy Studies Unit Coordinator
2006-2007
Literacy Studies Unit Coordinator
2006-2007
Tenure and Promotion Committee, Chair
2006-
NCATE Coordinator for Literacy Studies Master’s Program
2006
Part-time Instructor Workshop
To the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
2005-2006
Reading Unit Coordinator
2005
Part-time Instructor Workshop
2002-2004
Search Committee
2002-2003
Search Committee Chair
2002-2004
Tenure and Promotion Committee
2000-2002
Graduate Studies Committee
2000-
Committee on Race and Ethnicity
1999-2003
Middle School Graduate Unit Coordinator
1999
Established Middle School Master's Program 5 year plan with Grand Rapids, Battle
Creek Regional Centers and Campus
1999
Completed MDE Document for middle school accreditation
1999-2002
Logistics Committee
1999-2001
Search Committee
1998
Coordinating Council
1996-1998
Faculty Evaluations Committee
1996-
Reading Graduate Unit
1996-
Middle School Graduate Unit
1996-
Secondary Undergraduate Unit
To the College of Education
2007-2009
NCATE - Literacy Studies Master’s Program Report
2006-2007
Search Committee for Associate Dean for Research and Grants
2006-2007
SPLS Representative to the College Promotion Committee
12
2006-2007
Professional Educators Board
2001-2004
College of Education Scholarship Committee
2000-2001
Curriculum development meetings with KCC faculty
Liaison for Pre-service Teacher Education Program Partnership with Kellogg
Community College
1999
NCATE Middle Level Master’s Program Interim Report
1999
Consultant to the student organizers of Violence Prevention for Educators Conference
1998-1999
Development committee for Master’s in Teaching with Post-Baccalaureate Secondary
Certification Program
1997
College of Education Restructuring Committees: Co-Chair, Culture/Structure Action
Team member, Structure Committee
1997
Fourth Friday Presentation: The Role of Story in Classroom Communities and Classroom
Research
1996-
School University Partnership Team
To Western Michigan University
2006-
LDSI - Committee for the Development of Leadership in Diversity, Social Justice and
Inclusion
2005-2006
Graduate Studies Review Team
2005
Dean of the Graduate College Search Committee
2002-2004
Committee to Oversee General Education
1999-2002
Committee on Academic Fairness
1998-1999
Medallion Scholarship Competition, Honors Colloquium Presenter
1999
MLK Day Celebration - Discussion Facilitator following the showing of Blue Eyed
19981997-1998
Safe On Campus member
MLK Day Celebration - Teaching about MLK, Jr.: Resources and Strategies K-12
1997
Medallion Scholarship Competition Observer
To the Wider Educational Community
2008-2011
NCATE Program Reviewer for the International Reading Association
2007Adolescent
Board of Advisors – World of Words: International Collection of Children’s and
Literature, University of Arizona
13
2003-
Editorial Board – Current Issues in Middle level Education
2003-
Editorial Board – Journal of Reading Education
Reviewer for Scholarly Publications
2007-
Guest Reviewer for Reading Horizons
2006
Review of Going with the Flow: How to Engage Boys (and Girls) in Their Literacy
Learning by M.W. Smith & J. D. Wilhelm. Reviewed for Teacher’s College Record.
2003-2006
Reviewer for Current Issues in Middle Level Education, A Publication for the National
Association of Professors of Middle level Education
2003-
Reviewer for Journal of Reading Education
2002
Reviewer for Language Arts manuscript with a focus on Special Education and Regular
Education Inclusion and Co-teaching at the Middle Level
2001
Reviewer for Reading Horizons manuscript with a focus on adolescent attitudes
toward literacy and home literacy environment.
2001
Reviewer for Language Arts manuscript with a focus on literature discussion, critical
literacy, and social justice.
2000
Reviewer for Language Arts manuscript with a focus on curriculum as inquiry framework.
1999
Reviewer for Reading Horizons manuscript.
1998
Reviewer for Heinemann literacy text for middle and high school teachers entitled,
Coming to the Point: Teaching and Sharing Ways of Reading to Assist the Literacy
Performances of Middle and Secondary School Students.
1998
Reviewer for an Allyn & Bacon literacy text for middle grades teachers entitled,
Promoting Literacy in Grades 4-9: A Handbook for Teachers and Administrators.
Acknowledgement is given for my review.
1998
Reviewer for an Allyn & Bacon literacy text for K-8 teachers entitled, Creating Literacy
Instruction for All Children. Acknowledgement is given for my review.
1995
Reviewer for a book series proposal submitted to the National Council of Teachers of
English entitled, Classroom Voices: Issues in Teaching about Genocide and Intolerance.
1995-1996
Associate Editor of The Arizona English Bulletin, Journal of the Arizona English
Teachers Association, Dana L. Fox, Editor
1988-1989
Co-editor of the Tucson Education Association ‘s two external publications:
The Communique and The Spotlight
1986
Reviewer of “The Shakespeare Hour” on the Public Broadcasting System sponsored by
the National Endowment for the Humanities
Reviewer for Juried Paper Presentations
14
2008
Reviewer for national Reading Conference Fall Conference Proposals in the area of
Teacher Education – Middle School/Secondary
2001
Reviewer for National Reading Conference Fall Conference Proposals in the area of
Teacher Education - Middle School/Secondary
2000
Reviewer for National Reading Conference Fall Conference Proposals in the area of
Literacy Processes: Middle School, High School, and Adult Learners
1999
Reviewer for National Reading Conference Fall Conference Proposals in the area of
Teacher Education - Middle School/Secondary
1998
Reviewer for National Reading conference Fall Conference Proposals in the area
of Literacy Processes: Middle School, High School, and Adult Learners
1996-1997
Reviewer for presentation proposals for the National Reading Conference
Professional Committees
2007-
ERAC/CE (Eliminating Racism and Claiming/Celebrating Equality) Southwest Michigan
Team
2006-
Michigan Alliance of Reading Professors, Treasurer
2001-2004
Eastern Regional Director for the National Professors of Middle Level Education, an
Affiliate organization of the National Middle School Association
2001-2004
Michigan Department of Education Content Literacy Committee
1998-2000
Commission on Literature, National Council of Teachers of English
1998-2000
Phi Delta Kappa: Western Michigan University Chapter
Foundation Representative
1995-
Publicity Chair for the Children’s Literature Assembly of the National Council of
Teachers of English
1992-1993
Tucson Teachers Applying Whole Language Board of Directors
Other
2004
Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home – Professional Development for Day School Faculty
2003-
Reader for “The Late Show” at the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home
2001-2004
Michigan Public Education Coalition
1996-2001
Michigan for Public Education Board Member
2000
Readers' Theatre Workshop in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with students at
Southwestern Junior /Battle Creek Public Schools
1998-2004
Middle Start Network: Southwestern Michigan Region
15
1997
Presentation for The Kalamazoo Area Mentoring Network with Karen Thomas:
The Pleasures and “Perks” of Reading Aloud.
16
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