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A Visitors Welcome

Dr. Dinah Volk joins Columbia University Teachers College as Visiting Professor

Dr. Dinah Volk, professor in the Teacher Education department, is saying goodbye to CSU College of Education , only for a semester. Colleagues from Teachers College, Columbia University recently extended Volk the invitation to serve as a visiting professor in the early childhood education program in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

Beginning Sept. 3, the visiting professor will spend fall semester sharing with students her expertise on the language and literacy of children. During her time at Teachers College, Volk will teach two sections of Language and Literacy in the Early Childhood Curriculum and will integrate into the course her extensive knowledge of emergent bilinguals. In addition to advising students, the visiting professor will also work with doctoral students and perform lecturer teaching observations.

Volk says she looks forward to working in a challenging setting that will allow her to stretch her skills and learn from new colleagues.

I hope students in my classes will come away with a deeper understanding of the languages and literacies of very young children, the critical role of oral language development and the importance of building on children’s strengths and their active roles in constructing their own learning, says Volk.

Her fall agenda is busy, as she also plans to serve on the Grant Advisory Board for the Quality Universally Inclusive Early Responsive Education (QUIERE) project. Funded by the US Department of Education, QUIERE is a dual-certification program with areas in early childhood education and early childhood special education and a focus on young English learners.

Volk, who has been with CSU College of Education for 26 years, is looking forward to her brief return to Teachers College. From 1982-1986, Volk worked at the college as a senior project associate with the Cross-Cultural Demonstration Project.

Here, she collaborated with parents and teachers from New York and New Jersey public elementary schools to develop culturally responsive curriculum for bilingual education programs. Following completion of the project, the team published Kaleidoscope: A Multicultural Approach for the Primary School Classroom.

During this time, she also spent a year evaluating the Computer CHIPS project, a program that taught young children to work with computers.