Kristine Lynn Still, Ph.D.
 Title: Associate Professor
Literacy Education Program Coordinator
 Dept: Teacher Education
 Office: JH 319
 Phone: 216-523-7103
 Email: K.L.STILL@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. JH 319, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Quualitative Research Methods, Teacher Beliefs and Practices, The New Literacies, Meaningful Technology Integration in Primary Grade Literacy Classrooms, Oral Language Development, Classroom Environments, Critical Literacy, Teacher Professional Development
 
Education:
Ph.D., Curriculum & Instruction / Early Literacy & Technology Specialization, The University of Akron, 2006
M.A., Education, Walsh University, 1998
B.S., Elementary Education, The University of Akron, 1988
 
Brief Bio:
Dr. Kristine Lynn Still is an assistant professor of early literacy and co coordinator for the Literacy Education Program at CSU.  Dr. Still's research interests focus on the integration of meaningful technology-based literacy events in primary grade classrooms, critical literacy, and teacher professional development.  Dr. Still is active in the greater community through her outreach with literacy related projects.
 
Honors and Awards:
2005
Honored Member of Empire Whos Who Among Professionals
Empire Whos Who Garden City, NY

2005
College of Education Outstanding Doctoral Student Researcher Award
The University of Akron
E-Docs (Education Doctoral Student Group)

2004
Outstanding Woman Student Award
The University of Akron
Women in Higher Education

2003-2004 Academic Year (Completed Fall Semester Only)
Graduate Fellowship in Literacy
The University of Akron
College of Education¿s Department of Curricular and Instructional Studies
 
Creative and Activities:
While serving as Director of The Cleveland Schools Book Fund Program (CSBF), Dr. Still accomplished the following:

Accomplished the major goal of incorporating all 84 elementary schools in CMSD into The Cleveland Schools Book Fund program.

Distributed CSBF books to all 84 elementary schools in CMSD which resulted in the following:
-Approximately 670 new CSBF classroom libraries were created
-Approximately 72,400 books were distributed to 84 buildings
-High quality children¿s literature was made available to 670 Pre-K
through Grade 3 teachers and their 13,400 students.

Approximately 100 CSU students and community volunteers were involved in our book sorting and distribution efforts.

During the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years, we provided ongoing monthly professional development sessions to CMSD teachers involved in the CSBF program. During the course of these two academic years, we offered 20 whole group sessions on the following topics:
-Getting Oriented with the CSBF Program
-Organizing the Classroom Library
-Reading Aloud to Young Children
-The Shared Reading Experience
-Connecting Reading with Writing
-Creating CSBF Book Extension Activities
-Integrating Literature with Social Studies
-Integrating Literature with Science
-Integrating Literature with Math

In addition to offering whole group professional development sessions, at the request of teachers involved in the CSBF program, our consultants visited over 120 individual classrooms to offer additional one-on-one support to teachers in how best to utilize their CSBF selections.

Under our leadership, the book shelving project has begun and 840 hand crafted wooden book shelving units, specifically designed for CSBF, will be distributed to the 84 elementary schools in fall 2009.

Efforts were coordinated so that the current CSBF Logo could be established.

Approximately 150 undergraduate and graduate students in Literacy have worked with CSBF literature selections during their course related field experiences.

We offered two Literacy Speaker Series events in conjunction with The Cleveland Schools Book Fund program. Two nationally acclaimed literacy scholars, Dr. Cathy Collins Block and Dr. Linda Gambrell, visited the CSU campus to address CMSD teachers and CSU literacy students and faculty about the importance of classroom libraries.
 
Teaching Areas:
Emergent Literacy

Reading Instruction and Assessment

Content Area Literacy

Foundations of Literacy
 
Professional Affiliations:
CRA College Reading Association

IRA International Reading Association

NRC National Research Conference

MWERA Mid Western Educational Research Association

AERA American Educational Research Association
 
Professional Experience:
Present -2006
Assistant Professor of Early Literacy / Dept. of Teacher Education / Cleveland State University

2006-2004
Visiting Assistant Professor / Dept. of Curricular & Instructional Studies / The University of Akron

2004-2003
Full-Time Graduate Teaching Assistant / Dept. of Curricular & Instructional Studies / The University of Akron

2003-2001
Part-Time Instructor / Dept. of Curricular & Instructional Studies / The University of Akron

2003-1993
Elementary School Teacher /Jackson Local Schools / Massillon, Ohio

Dr. Still taught First Grade for nine of her ten years in the Jackson Local School District. The exception was when she took one of my groups on to Second Grade in a structure known as ¿Looping.¿ Dr. Still was a loyal employee and was fortunate to have had the experience of working in such a dynamic school district. Dr. Still was always ready for new challenges and enjoyed the thrill of being involved in a district that continually strived to improve with each new school year. Dr. Still was committed at the building level in helping to achieve continuous school improvement. She enjoyed working as a cooperating teacher to several pre-service teachers and believes she has the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare pre-service teachers in successfully launching their careers as future educators.
 
University Service:
Regularly participating in CSU Commencement Ceremonies.

Serving on the Student Life Committee of The Faculty Senate.
 
Professional Service:
CRA College Reading Association /
Reviewer for Reading Research and Instruction

MWERA Midwestern Educational Research Association /
Reviewer for the Midwestern Educational Researcher

IRA International Reading Association /
Reviewer for Journal of Balanced Literacy

OCIRA Ohio Council of International Reading Association /
Reviewer for the Ohio Reading Teacher

MWERA Midwestern Educational Research Association /
Editorial Review Board Member
 
Community Service:
Coordinated Thanksgiving Baskets for John D. Rockefeller School in November 2008.

Provided all 84 Cleveland Metropolitan School District K-8 buildings with books purchased through The Cleveland Schools Book Fund.

Serving as Literacy Expert Liason for The Cleveland Schools Book Fund program.

Serving as Literacy Network Facilitator for the Greater Cleveland Educational Development Center

Serving as Literacy Consultant to local schools and organizations.
 
Research Grants:
Co Principal Investigator for CSU Faculty Research Development Grant
(Award - $9,000) The focus of this FRD grant is to conduct a study regarding 3rd grade students reading attitudes in classrooms that have access to authentic childrens literature provided by The Cleveland Schools Book Fund.   This work will also involve the development of instrumentation measures of childrens engagement with authentic literature. The overarching goal of this project is to incorporate its findings into a more comprehensive research proposal to be submitted to a large external funding agent.

Co Principal Investigator for Jennings Foundation Grant
(Award - $15,000) {Year #2 for this grant}
Year 2 -Linking the Cleveland Schools Book Fund to an Expanded Critical Literacy Approach: A Program of Teacher Professional Development

Linking the Cleveland Schools Book Fund to an Expanded Critical Literacy Approach: A Program of Teacher Professional Development ¿ (co-authored with Dr. Mary Gove & Dennis Sebian).  Funded by the Jennings Foundation in the amount of $15,000.00

Cleveland Schools Book Fund for additional books purchases ¿ (co-authored with David Baggs / University Advancement).  Funded by the Eva L. and Joseph M. Bruening Foundation in the amount of $20,000.00

Cleveland Schools Book Fund for additional book purchases (co-authored with David Baggs/ University Advancement).  Funded by the George W. Codrington Charitable Foundation in the amount of $5,000.00

Cleveland Schools Book Fund for additional book purchases (co-authored with David Baggs/ University Advancement).  Funded by the George Gund Foundation in the amount of $248,000.00

Cleveland Schools Book Fund for website development ¿ (co-authored with David Baggs / University Advancement). Funded by the Cavaliers Youth Fund in the amount of $50,000.00