Jaime Puccioni, Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Michigan State University
Education Building-Room 330; (518) 442-5133

Jaime Puccioni received a dual Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education with an emphasis in language and literacy from Michigan State University in 2012. Prior to joining the faculty at University at Albany, she was a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State, funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Puccioni’s research examines the ways in which family and classroom contexts influence children’s educational opportunities and development, with a particular focus on language and literacy. She is particularly interested in understanding how individual’s values and beliefs shape their behaviors. Her dissertation drew on data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study-Kindergarten cohort to estimate latent growth curves to examine the associations among parents’ school readiness beliefs, practices, and children’s academic achievement from kindergarten through first grade. She is the recipient of the King-Chavez-Parks Future Faculty Fellowship used to complete her dissertation.

Jaime’s current research focuses on kindergarten teacher’s beliefs and their use of transition practices in the context of implementing the newly adopted Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) in the state of New York. She is currently working with kindergarten teachers in Albany to develop a program to help build home-school partnerships using mobile phone technology. Dr. Puccioni is also interested in the relationship between teachers’ use of assessment data, their practices, and students’ academic outcomes, particularly in the areas of literacy.

Prior to completing her doctorate, Jaime was a middle school teacher in Los Angeles, a literacy content coach, and member of the school leadership team. She taught a variety of teacher education courses in the areas of content area literacy methods, social studies methods, and advanced instructional methods for elementary and secondary educators.

Recent Publications:
Puccioni, J. (2014). Parents’ Conceptions of School Readiness, Transition Practices, and Children's Academic Achievement Trajectories. The Journal of Educational Research, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/00220671.2013.850399

Puccioni, J. & Michaels, L. (in press). Mobile phone use and children’s literacy learning. In Z. Yan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Mobile Phone Behavior (Volumes 1, 2, & 3). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Selected Conference Presentations:
Puccioni, J. (2013). Academic socialization and the transition to school: Parents’ conceptions of school readiness, practices, and children’s academic achievement. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, San Francisco. 5/2013.

Covay, E. & Puccioni, J. (2013). Inequality in Noncognitive Skills and Cumulative Disadvantage. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association conference, New York, NY. 8/2013

Puccioni, J. (2011). Parents’ school readiness beliefs and kindergarten reading achievement. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association conference, New Orleans, LA. 4/2011