Valerie Harlow Shinas is a literacy faculty member and chair of the Language and Literacy, Reading, and TESOL department.
I joined the faculty in the Graduate School of Education in 2012 after more than a decade working with middle school students and teachers. In many ways, I still consider myself a middle school teacher – I care deeply about how we engage and motivate young adolescents to become lifelong learners.
As a teacher educator, I use my teaching experiences to make visible the connections between theory and practice for my students. Much of my work at Lesley University has centered on preparing teachers and teacher candidates to develop and deliver effective literacy and disciplinary literacy instruction. With expertise in the areas of technology-integrated literacy instruction and the TPACK theoretical framework, my research interests include integration of digital tools to support literacy and learning in K-12 classrooms. In addition, recent scholarly work has focused on teacher development and assessment of teacher practice.
Education: BA, Anna Maria College; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts-Lowell; PhD, University of Delaware.