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Kelly Wissman
Kelly Wissman

Site Director and Associate Professor
kwissman@albany.edu

Dr. Kelly Wissman is the director of the Capital District Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project. She is associate professor in the Department of Literacy Teaching and Learning at the University at Albany. Across her scholarship and teaching, she considers how children’s literature, writing, and the arts can facilitate the creation of more equitable and humanizing educational spaces for all students. Her research and teaching interests include children’s literature; sociocultural approaches to writing; practitioner inquiry; the interplay of literacies, identities, and equity; and multimodal composing. She pursues these interests through collaborative, arts-based, and ethnographic research methodologies.

Dr. Wissman is the co-author of Teaching Global Literature in Elementary Schools: A Critical Literacy and Teacher Inquiry Approach. Her publications have appeared in several journals, including, Anthropology and Education, Research in the Teaching of English, Children’s Literature in Education, Journal of Children’s Literature, and the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. Dr. Wissman serves as a co-editor of Language Arts and is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Children’s Literature.

Dr. Wissman has received recognition for both her scholarship and her teaching. In 2006, she was awarded the Selma Greenberg Dissertation Award from the Research on Women and Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She has been named an “Educator of Excellence” from the New York State English Council and was honored with a “Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching” from the State University of New York.

Christopher Mazura
Teacher Consultant and Institute Facilitator
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Amy Salamone
Amy Salamone

Teacher Consultant and Institute Facilitator
salamonea@guilderlandschools.net