Evelyn Connolly

  • Why I Love Teaching at Molloy College

    The students.

  • Academic Interests
    • Social Justice

    • Literacy and Semiotics

    • Multiliteracies

    • Multimodal Learning

    • Digital, Technical and Multi-media Learning

  • What I am working on
    • Book Review: Cohan, A. & Honigsfeld, A.  (2011). Breaking the mold of preservice and inservice teacher education. NY: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group.

    • Co-authoring with Professor Vicky Giouroukakis. Multimodal Literacy Autobiography: Assessment for the 21stCentury for submission to Educator's Voice.

    • Collaborating with Professor Patricia Mason on a book proposal chronicling the incorporation of art in the teaching of literacy in a 6th Grade Special Education class in a high needs district in Brooklyn, NY.

  • Educational Philosophy

    My educational philosophy is grounded in the words of William Wordsworth and in the writings of John Dewey, Elliott Eisner, Maxine Greene, and the New London Group.

    Wordsworth: The child is father of the man.

    John Dewey: Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not a preparation for life but is life itself.

    Elliott Eisner: Schools function as cultures in both senses of the term. They make possible a shared way of life, a sense of belonging and community, and they are a medium for growing things, in this case children's minds. How schools are organized, what is taught in them, the kind of norms they embrace, and the relationships they foster among adults and children all matter, for they all shape the experiences that students are likely to have an in the process influence who children will become.

    Elliott Eisner: Work in the arts is a way of creating our lives by expanding our consciousness, shaping our dispositions, satisfying our quest for meaning, establishing contact with others, and sharing a culture

    Maxine Greene: Of all our cognitive capacities, imagination is the one that permits us to give credence to alternative realities. It allows us to break with the taken for granted, to set aside familiar distinctions and definitions.

    New London Group: The globalization of communications and labor markets makes language diversity an ever more critical local issue. Meaning is made in ways that are increasingly multimodal-in which written-linguistic modes of meaning are part and parcel of visual, audio, and spatial patterns of meaning.

  • Educational Background

    Ed.D. Literacy Studies, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

    Post Graduate Institutes in Writing, University of New Hampshire

    Post Graduate Masters Reading Core, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY

    MALS, Stony Brook University, NY

    B.A. Speech Education, Queens College, NY

  • Additional Information

    Favorite Books

    • Eisner, E. (2002). The arts and the creation of mind. New Haven: Yale University Press.
    • Garcia-Marquez, G. (1970). One hundred years of solitude. New York: Harper & Row, Publisheers.
    • Gee, J. (1996). Social linguistics and literacies: Ideology in discourses. New York & London: Routledge.
    • Gilyard, K. (1997). Voices of the self: A study of language competence. Detroit, MI:   Wayne State University Press.
    • Goodwin, D. K. (1995). No ordinary time: Franklin and eleanor roosevelt: The american homefront during world war ii. NY:
    • Greene, M. (1995). Releasing the imagination: Essays on education, the arts, and social change. SF: Jossey-Bass Inc.
    • John-Steiner, V. (1981). Notebooks of the mind: Explorations of thinking. New York: Harper & Row.
    • Kress, G. (1997). Before writing: Rethinking the paths to literacy. London: Routledge.
  • Publications/Presentations

    Connolly, E. (2011). The incorporation of multimedia and multimodal learning tools:  A case study of digital storytelling in a high school English class. The Edwin Mellen Press.  Lewiston, NY.

    Connolly, E., & Giouroukakis, V. (2011). Voices from the field: Technology and multimodal learning in a teacher education course. The English Record, 61(1), 2-11.

    Connolly, E., & Giouroukakis, V. (2011 In preparation). Multimodal Literacy Autobiography: Assessment for   the 21st Century. Educator's Voice.

    Connolly, E. & Mason, P. (2010). Art matters: Opening the door to creativity and success for students with special needs. Long Island Education Review, 9, (10), 28-31.

    Connolly, E. (Accepted). Breaking the mold: How technology transforms a traditional high school classroom. In Honigsfeld, A., & Cohan, A. (Eds.). (2012). Breaking the mold of classroom organization and management: Engagement, motivation and student empowerment. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Llittlefield Publishers.

    Referenced In

    Giouroukakis, V. (2009). Voices from the field: Teacher candidates struggle to "read" literacy strategies for teaching adolescent literacy. Excelsior Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 4 (1). p. 51.

    Professional Conference Presentations and Workshops

    • Connolly, E. (2011). Sharing your journey. LIRAEN Workshop. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Connolly, E. (2010). Finding your voice. LIRAEN Workshop. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Connolly, E. (2009). Nancie Atwell meets Ken Burns: Digital storytelling in a Reading Writing Workshop. 2009 NCTE Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA. November, 2009.
    • Connolly, E. (2009). Digital Storytelling  in High School English Class. 2009 Literacies for All Summer Institute. Columbia, SC. July 10, 2009.
    • Connolly, E. (2009).The sun shadow mandala. LIESOL Conference. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Connolly, E. (2009). Finding your voice. LIRAEN Workshop. Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY.
    • Giououkakis, V. &  Connolly, E.  (2009). Teacher Candidates Discover Strategies for Teaching Literacy in Interdisciplinary Contexts to Diverse Students in the 21st Century. 54th Annual Convention West Phoenix, AZ. February 21-25, 2009.
    • Connolly, E. &  Giououkakis, V. (2007). Voices from the field: teacher candidates discover strategies for teaching literacy in the 21st century. NCTE Annual Convention. NY: November 18, 2007.
    • Connolly, E. (2005). Creating artist books for the publication of student writing: 5th International Literacy Conference. Guatemala City, Guatemala: February 23, 2005.
    • Connolly, E. (2005). Creating artist books for the publication of student writing:  NCTE Whole Language Umbrella Summer Conference: San Diego, CA: July 9, 2005
    • Connolly, E. (2005). Creating artist books for the publication of student writing:  NCTE 95th Annual Convention. Pittsburgh, PA: November 19, 2005.
    • Connolly, E. (2004). Art Matters. Dowling College Literacy Symposium.

    Molloy College Workshops

    • Connolly, E. (2009). Making mandalas. Faculty Professional Center Summer Institute. Molloy College.
    • Connolly, E. (2008). Art books for personal expression. Faculty Professional Center Summer Institute. Molloy College.
    • Connolly, E. & Spatt, I. (Organizers) (2008). How to conduct a professional book club. KDP/Education Club. Molloy College.
    • Connolly, E. (2007). How change happens: Breaking the teach as you were taught cycle. Faculty Professional Center. Molloy College.