Stephanie Affinito, Staff Associate

Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York
Education Building-Room 332; (518) 442-5102

Prior to joining the University at Albany faculty, Stephanie Affinito taught in elementary schools as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist and was a regional Reading First coordinator for the Eastern New York Regional School Support Center. Currently, Stephanie is a Staff Associate in a teaching-intensive position within the Department. She teaches both online and on-campus courses within the Literacy B-6 and Childhood Education programs, including ERDG 500, ERDG 504, ERDG 526, ERDG 600, ERDG 601, ERDG 615, ERDG 617, ERDG 625, and ERDG 655. Her teaching interests include literacy coaching, elementary classroom literacy instruction and working with students who experience difficulty learning literacy.

She completed her doctoral dissertation on literacy coaches, examining coaches’ roles and responsibilities in the context of reading policy. She has a particular interest in literacy coaching and supporting teachers’ learning in online settings. She teaches in both the on-campus and online programs and incorporates multiple digital and interactive tools into her courses to further student learning and better connect and collaborate with students. She works to transform teacher learning and provide new, online possibilities for teacher education, so ultimately, teachers can transform student learning in the classroom in new, digital and powerful ways.

Stephanie has presented at state and national reading conferences and has published her work in Language and Literacy Spectrum, The Education Center, and ReadWriteThink, a literacy resource sponsored by the International Reading Association. She was recently named as an Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassador.

Recent Publications:

Forthcoming: Affinito, S. (2016, March/April). Modeling digital learning: Transforming teacher learning with digital tools. Literacy Today, 8 – 9.

Affinito, S. (2014). Students who struggle with literacy learning. In K.B Grant, S.E. Golden & N.S. Wilson (Eds.), Literacy assessment and instructional strategies: Connecting to the common core. Los Angeles, CA: SAGE Publications.