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Dawn Kolakoski is an adjunct professor in the Creative Arts in Learning programs in the Graduate School of Education, where she has taught since 2003. She has experience as an elementary music teacher, choir director and organist, music studio owner, national trainer for teachers in music and art, professor and department chair of a large undergraduate teacher education program, and most recently, as Director of Online Instruction at Northern Virginia Community College near Washington, D.C.

She has been teaching teachers for over 30 years. Her interests include integrating the arts into the classroom, curriculum development, mentoring beginning teachers, early childhood education, educational leadership, and online instruction. She teaches the courses Multiple Perspectives through Music; Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; and Educator Inquiry: Seminar and Thesis Project. 


B.S.,The College of St. Rose—Music Education
M.S.Ed.,The College of St. Rose—Music Education
M.Ed., The College of St. Rose—Early Childhood Education.
Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University—Curriculum Development and Systemic Change

Selected Publications

Dr. Kolakoski is the author of a popular text book, Write It Down:  A Guided Journal of Ideas, Strategies and Reflections for Beginning Teachers (2004) Cengage/Wadsworth Learning

Selected Presentations

  • “Those Things You Do:  Active Learning in the College Classroom”.  (2016)  Faculty Development Day, Hudson Valley Community College.  Troy, NY
  • “Creative Arts for Children” (2015) Community Education Program, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY
  • “Fizzle, Fizzle, Pop, Pop:  Science with Young Children” (2014) Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council Annual Conference.
  • “Achieving Literacy Through the Arts:  Integrating Art, Music, Poetry, and Dance to Enhance Language Arts Content” (2010) Clark County Teachers, Las Vegas, NV.
  • “Creative Music for Children:  Using Instruments with Children’s Literature and Creating Sound Boxes” (2009) Capital District Child Care Coordinating Council Annual Conference.