Karen LaBonte

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Karen
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LaBonte
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I am on the home stretch of doctoral work in English Education. The working title of my dissertation, Breaking open the wor(l)d: New literacies, the World Wide Web, and the English of the future, reflects my research interests in the cultures of the Web and the potential for transformation (and constraints) they hold for pedagogy and practice in the teaching of English, particularly the teaching of writing.

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I am on the home stretch of doctoral work in English Education. The working title of my dissertation, Breaking open the wor(l)d: New literacies, the World Wide Web, and the English of the future, reflects my research interests in the cultures of the Web and the potential for transformation (and constraints) they hold for pedagogy and practice in the teaching of English, particularly the teaching of writing.

In support of these interests, I have worked as a literacy coach, a full-time instructor in the Teachers College M.A. Program in the Teaching of English, and a supervisor of pre-service teachers in their teaching placements. Outside of academe, I serve as an advisor on the English Companion Ning where I conceived of, co-developed, and co-facilitated three ‘Webstitutes’ related to digital learning & English, collaboration, and literary study.

My experience in secondary English education solidified my commitment to work towards transformation of schooling in the U.S. As a teacher/team leader in an experiential education program for high school seniors for almost a dozen years, I created and taught a year-long Language Arts curriculum focused on writing; co-developed and facilitated wilderness, community service & internship aspects of program; facilitated staff development of new teachers; and assisted in program administration.

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