Dr. Kathryn Calabrese, Associate Professor of Education, teaches courses in literacy, language arts, early childhood curriculum, and educational methodology. She has also supervised student teachers and taught WittSems and graduate courses.
Dr. Calabrese earned her B.A. from Wright State University, her M.S. from the University of Dayton, and her Ph.D. from Miami University. She joined the Wittenberg faculty in 1990 after seventeen years as a reading specialists and classroom teacher.
Dr. Calabrese’s research is driven by her interest in the professional lives of teachers and issues of professional development. Her writing and presentations continue to focus on defining and developing high quality and transformative professional development for teachers. From 1997-2007, Dr. Calabrese directed the Springfield City Schools Mentorship and Entry Year Program and has consistently collaborated with the Clark County Educational Service Center to provide professional development and mentorship training for teachers outside the city system.
For the past seven years, she has been engaged in projects that address the design and dissemination of early childhood professional development emphasizing appropriate practice for early childhood literacy. Currently Dr. Calabrese is working in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education and Ohio State University and sixteen Early Language and Learning Specialists (ELLS) on the dissemination of this program. Action research and documentation of professional development remain critical components of the program in order to maintain the focus on teacher’s professional growth. Dr. Calabrese also works to increase communication between schools and universities and general education and special education teachers.
Dr. Calabrese is a long time resident of Springfield and has been active in various organizations including Junior Service League, the Arts Council, Literacy Coalition and Volunteer Service Bureau. She enjoys walking, reading, spending time with family and doting on her four grandchildren.
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