Melanie Walski
Assistant Professor

Department

Curriculum and Instruction

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MAEd., Dominican University
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Research Interests

  • Intersection of literacy and policy at the elementary level.
  • How literacy instructional practice is affected by policy.
  • What aspects of policy are most influential on teachers’ sensemaking of literacy teaching and learning
  • Emergent literacy curriculum development. .

Peer-Reviewed Presentations

  • Walski, M.M. and Teale, W.H., (2016, July). Engagement in preschool learning centers: Preparing children to engage in interdisciplinary literacy activities. Poster presented at the International Literacy Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Walski, M.M., Vasquez, J.M., Fortune, A.J., Raphael, T.E., (2016, July). The power of teacher agency: Practice, professional development, and Parents. Paper presented at the International Literacy Association Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • Vasquez, J. M., Walski, M. M., & Fortune, A. J., (2016, April). Transcendence through transformation: Teacher learning in the Vygotsky space. Paper presented at the American Education Research Association Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.      
  • Walski, M.M. (2016, February). Teacher Sensemaking of Literacy: Complications of Using Leveled Text In First Grade. Paper presented at the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly of Research, Ypsilanti, MI.              
  • Teale, W.H., Hoffman, E.B., Whittingham, C.E., Walski, M.M., Meehan, M. (2015, July). Early Childhood Literacy: Policy for the Coming Decade. Poster session at the International Literacy Association, St. Louis, MO.          
  • Teale, W.H., Hoffman, E.B., Whittingham, C.E., Walski, M.M., Meehan, M., Colaner, A. (2015, June). Early Childhood Literacy: Policy for the Coming Decade. Early Childhood Research-Policy Forum, Naperville, IL.
  • Walski, M.M., Hoffman, E.B., Whittingham, C.E., & Teale, W.H. (2015, June). What Does it Take to be Ready for School?: Head Start Perspectives. Early Childhood Research-Policy Forum, Naperville, IL.    
  • Vasquez, J., Walski, M.M., & Rao, A. (2014, March). Building bridges between home and school. Paper presented at the Illinois Reading Council, Springfield, IL. 
  • Vasquez, J. & Walski, M.M., (2014, May). Home-school communication: Partnering with linguistically diverse families. Paper presented at the International Reading Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  • Walski, M.M. (2014, Dec.). Examining the intersection of literacy policy and instructional practice: A perspective on cognitive, social, and institutional spheres of influence. Paper presented at The Literacy Research Association, Marco Island, FL.

Publications (White Papers)

  • Walski, M. M., Hoffman, E. B., & Teale, W. H. (2015). Kindergarten readiness: What Head Start and Early Head Start parents and staff think and do about it. (UIC Center for Literacy Research Paper). Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago Center for Literacy.
  • Teale, W.H., Walski, M. M., Hoffman, E.B., Meehan, M., Whittingham, C.E., & Colaner, A. University of Illinois Center for Literacy. (2015) Early childhood literacy: Policy for the coming decade. Chicago, IL: University of Illinois Center for Literacy.

Professional Organization Membership and Professional Involvement

  • Graduate Student Representative, College of Education LLC Faculty Search Committee, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2015
  • Student Member, College of Education Student Leadership Advisory Board, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2014-present
  • Student Representative, College of Education Equity and Diversity Committee, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012-2013
  • Co-Founder, COE Doctoral Student Forum, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012-2013
  • Student Representative, The Butler Children’s and Young Adult Literature Center, Dominican University, 2009-2010
  • Panelist, The Truth About Beginnings Conference, Dominican University, 2009
  • Panelist, The Truth About Discovery Conference, Dominican University, 2010
  • Member, International Reading Association
  • Member, Literacy Research Association
  • Member, National Council of Teachers of English
  • Member, American Educational Research Association 

Melanie Walski

Contact

815-753-2214
mwalski@niu.edu
Graham Hall 119L

Contact Us

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Gabel Hall 147
815-753-8556
815-753-8563 (fax)
CIDepartment@niu.edu 

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