Christine M. Dawson is a writer, teacher educator, and writing researcher. She is the Director of the Teacher Preparation Program at Siena College, where she teaches courses on literacy and curriculum design. She is the president-elect for the New York State Association of Teacher Educators, co-chair of the Commission for Writing Teacher Education for NCTE’s English Language Arts Teacher Educators (ELATE), and a member of the leadership team for the Empire State Writing Project Network (representing the eight New York sites of the National Writing Project). In New York, Christine serves as a member of the New York State Education Department English Language Arts Advisory Panel and is a representative to the New York English Language Arts Staff and Curriculum Development Network. Christine also consults and offers a range of professional development workshops in curriculum and literacy.
Christine earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University, and she holds an MA in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University Teachers College and a BA from the University of Virginia. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Christine taught secondary English for 10 years, served as an English department coordinator for a middle/high school, and was a literacy coach. She has been awarded several teaching awards, including Michigan State University’s Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award for the College of Education and New Jersey’s Middlesex County Teacher of the Year Award.
Christine’s research interests focus on writing studies and pedagogies, teacher education, curriculum design, and the significance of teachers’ own writing on their beliefs and pedagogical practices. She is the author of the 2017 book The Teacher-Writer: Creating Writing Groups for Personal and Professional Growth, which was featured in an NWP Radio broadcast on the value of teacher-writers. She presents regularly at national and state conferences, and her scholarly writing has been published in English Journal, Voices from the Middle, and Research in the Teaching of English. She also had the opportunity to work with Arthur Applebee and Judith Langer on the National Study of Writing Instruction, and she is a coauthor with them of Writing Instruction That Works: Proven Methods for Middle and High School Classrooms (Teachers College Press, 2013). She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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