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Lisa Zawilinski

Associate Dean for Graduate Education; Department Co-Chair; Associate Professor of Elementary Education

Department of Education

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
860.768.5718 Hillyer 206

PhD, University of Connecticut

MA, University of Connecticut

BS, University of Connecticut

Teaching Focus: Associate Professor Lisa Zawilinski teaches literacy methods courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Zawilinski provides practical, research-based methods for helping young children develop literacy skills and strategies across various learning contexts. She embeds Internet technologies within instruction with a focus on student variability. Most importantly, Zawilinski helps pre-service teachers develop their teaching practice with an emphasis on demonstrating a love of reading, writing, and learning.

Professional Interests: Zawilinski examines the skills and strategies necessary for elementary-grade students to communicate to share and gather information on the Internet. She also examines how best to support pre-service teachers as they explore and embed Internet technologies within their teaching. Her most recent study of elementary-grade students explores the use of a blog for sharing information between first and fifth graders. Her most recent study of pre-service teachers examines patterns that seem to emerge when Internet technologies like VoiceThread and Edmodo are used to expand Literature Circles conversations.