Marcella J. Kehus

Employment

Research Assistant, 1998 - present
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan
Responsibilities include data collection, management, and analysis for the Re-Engaging Low-Achieving Readers Project, Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Instruction (CIERA). Leadership in professional development activities and maintenance of a three-node network, Teachers Learning Collaborative. Participation as a Teacher-in-Residence, network for teacher inquiry sponsored through the Walgreen Foundation and CIERA, University of Michigan.

University Teaching, 1995-present
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan
Reading 414: Reading Appraisal in the Elementary Classroom
Reading 530D: Book Club Workshop

Language Arts Teacher, 1987-present

Berkley School District Berkley, Michigan

     Teacher of Middle School Language Arts and Journalism

     Creator and Sponsor of middle school Writers Club

     Member of School Improvement Committee

     Member of Language Arts Curriculum Committee

     Numerous in-district in-services including Process Writing, Writing across the Content Areas, Classroom Management, and Book Club

Education

Ph. D. Reading 1995 - May, 2000, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Dissertation: A Virtual Community of Adolescent Writers

This case study of a group of adolescent writers explored their use of language, literacy knowledge, and technology in creating and sustaining a discourse community on the World Wide Web.

 

Master of Arts in Curriculum and Teaching, 1989 - 1993, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

     Thesis consisted of integrating Michigan's Language Arts standards within all academic content areas for district-wide literacy curriculum.

 

Bachelor of Arts, English, Secondary Education, 1983-1987, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

     Graduate of Multiple Perspectives teacher education program

 


Presentations

Michigan Reading Association Conference
March, 1998 Grand Rapids, MI
Integrating Spelling and Word Study in a Whole Language Classroom

Michigan Reading Association Conference
March, 1999 Grand Rapids, MI
Middle School Book Club: Engaging Adolescents in Conversations about Literature

Michigan Reading Association Conference
March, 1999 Grand Rapids, MI
Co-Presenter: CIERA - Work in Progress: "Book Club Plus: A Collaborative Project to Develop Balanced Literacy Instruction Using Genre-Based Curriculum and Internet Technology"

International Reading Association
May, 1999 San Diego, CA
TeenLit.com: An Online Forum for Student Literacy and Teacher Exchange

National Reading Conference
December, 1999 Orlando, FL
Symposium: "Reconciling the Cognitive and the Social in Conceptualizing Literacy Processes"
Paper: Genre Knowledge as Writers Schema

National Reading Conference
December, 1999 Orlando, FL
Paper session: "Adolescent Literacies, Representations and Identities"
Paper: TeenLit.com: A Virtual Discourse Community of Adolescent Writers

National Reading Conference
December, 1999 Orlando, FL
Co-author: A Comparison of Running Records to Other Assessment Tools for Purposes of Determining Reading Levels and Administration Time

Rochester Community Schools
May, 1999 Rochester, MI
Co-presenter: Book Club Plus: Differentiated Instruction for elementary through middle school students.

Michigan Reading Association
March, 2000 Detroit, MI
Online Publishing for Secondary Student Writers: Policies, Procedures, and Possibilities

Michigan Reading Association
March, 2000 Detroit, MI
Co-presenter: The Teaching Learning Collaborative: Linking Communities of Practice

International Reading Association
May, 2000 Indianapolis, IN
Co-presenter: Research Awards Address

International Reading Association
May, 2000 Indianapolis, IN
Co-presenter: CIERA (Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement) Teacher Network: CIERA Teacher Researchers: Autobiography Book Club Plus
Roundtable: Middle School Book Clubs

Publications

The Book Club Plus Network (1999). What counts as teacher research?: An essay. Language Arts, 77(1), 48-52.

Sue, the T-rex, (informational text for middle school readers). Field Museum of Natural History. (1999) Chicago, IL.

Service

Doctoral student guest reviewer for Reading Research Quarterly, 2000
Reviewer for Research in the Teaching of English, 2000
Reviewer of NRC 2000 conference proposals

Webmaster, various web sites including faculty (e.g., www.oakland.edu/~raphael), personal literacy site (www.oakland.edu/~mikehus) and webmaster services (www.wizardzone.com )

Webmaster, TeenLit.com (teenlit.com ): Site for publishing adolescent writing as well as space for interactions around their own writing, a writers workshop, links, and teacher resources.