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Vera J. Lee, Ed.D.

Associate Clinical Professor
3401 Market Street
Room 374
vjw25@drexel.edu
215-571-3827

Program Affiliation:

B.S./M.S., Education
ESL Specialist Program


Education:

Ed.D., M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Boston University

Areas of Expertise:

  • Literacy Instruction K-12
  • Reading/Writing Theories
  • Multicultural Education
  • English Language Learners

Research Interests:

  • Practitioner Research in online courses to explore inservice/preservice teachers’ emerging understandings about issues of diversity.
  • Research on teachers of color in K-12 settings.
  • The development of information/digital literacies of urban youth.
  • Supporting English Language Learners' and immigrant parents' language and literacy formation through sociocultural, linguistic, and culturally responsive approaches.

Professional Experience:

  • Drexel University, School of Education (2011-present)
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Literacy Studies
  • Drexel University, School of Education (2010-11)
    Instructor, Literacy Studies
  • Drexel University, College of Arts & Sciences (2007-10)
    Adjunct Instructor, English and Philosophy
  • Drexel University, School of Education (2008-10)
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Drexel University, English Language Center
    Instructor (International Leaders in Education Program Issues in Secondary Education 2007, International Teaching Assistants Program 2008, Fulbright Pre-Academic Preparation Program Research and Writing Course 2009 & 2010)
  • University of Pennsylvania (2006)
    Teaching Assistant (ED 629 Teaching English/Language and Literacy in Middle and Secondary Schools)
  • Haddonfield Memorial High School (2001-03)
    English Teacher
  • Downingtown Middle School (1996-2001)
    Language Arts Teacher

Certification Areas:

  • PA Instructional II Language Arts/English 7-12
  • NJ Language Arts/ English 7-12
  • MA English 7-12
  • Coursework completed for PA Reading Specialist Certification

Publications:

Presentations

  • Lee, V. & Levine, B. (2016, November 30-December 3).  Fostering the early literacy and technology practices of immigrant parents through Project LIFE. Roundtable paper presentation at the Literacy Research Association 66th Annual Conference, Knoxville, TN. 
  • Lee, V., Grant, A., Neuman, D., DeCarlo, M. (2016, October 10-13). Using I-LEARN to foster the information and digital literacies of middle school students.  Paper presented at the European Conference on Information Literacy, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • Lee, V., DeCarlo, M. J., Grant, A., & Neuman, D. (2015, December 2-5). Building on the funds of knowledge of urban kindergarten students to develop information and digital literacies through I-LEARN.  Paper presented at the Literacy Research Association 65th Annual Conference, Carlsbad, CA.
  • DeCarlo, M.J., Grant, A., Lee, V., & Neuman, D. (2015, April 3-6). Increasing the information and digital literacies of kindergarten and second-grade urban teachers and students:  An I-LEARN project.  Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • DeCarlo, M.J., Grant, A., Lee,V., & Neuman, D. (2014, October 20-23). "I-LEARN: Helping young children become information literate." European Conference on Information Literacy, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
  • DeCarlo, M.J., Grant, A., Lee, V., & Neuman, D. (2015, April 16-20). Increasing the information and digital literacies of kindergarten and second-grade urban
    teachers and students: An I-LEARN project. American Educational Research Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Lee, V., Grant, K., & Lyttle, C. (2014, April 3-7). "Exploring the Experiences of Teacher Educators Who Teach Diversity Online".  American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Publications
  • DeCarlo, M. J. Tecce; Grant, A., Lee, V., & Neuman, D.  A collaborative I-LEARN project with kindergarten and second-grade urban teachers and students at a university-assisted school. (accepted) Early Childhood Education
  • Lee, V., Tecce DeCarlo, M. J., Grant, A., Neuman, D. A collaborative I-LEARN project with kindergarten and second-grade teachers and students at a university- assisted school (2016). Urban Education.  doi:10.1177/0042085916677344
  • Neuman, D., Grant, A., Tecce De Carlo, M. J., & Lee, V. (2016).  Implementing I-LEARN with K-2 students: The story of a successful research partnership.  In P. Bracy, C. Rawson, & S. Hughes-Hassell (Eds.).  Libraries, Literacy, and African American Youth:  Research & Practice.  Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. (invited chapter)
  • Richardson, T., Decarlo, M. J., Connell, J. E., Grant, A., Lee, V. J. & Wallace, B. (2016) Partnering in a Promise Academy: The McMichael-Drexel-Manutau Civic Association Collaboration. In J. J. Slater, R. David, and R. M. Reardon (Eds.), Building and Maintaining Collaborative Communities: Schools, University, and Community Organizations. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • DeCarlo, M. J., Grant, A., Lee, V., & Neuman, D. (2014). I-LEARN: Helping young children become information literate. In S. Kurbanoglu, S. Spiranec, E. Grassian, D. Mizrachi, & R. Catts (Eds.), Information Literacy. Lifelong Learning and Digital Citizenship in the 21st Century. Second European Conference on Information Literacy (pp. 243-252). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.
  • Lewis Grant, K. & Lee, V. (2014). Wrestling with issues of diversity in online courses. The Qualitative Report, 19(12), 1-15.
  • Lee, V. & Hoekje, B. (2013) The role of an online discussion board in fostering a critical collaborative learning community in an ESL specialist credential program. In J. Nagle (Ed.), English Learner Instruction through Collaboration and Inquiry in Teacher Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
  • Lee, V. (2013). Overcoming socialization obstacles faced by new teachers: Challenges that “come with” being a new teacher of color. Teachers of Color Magazine, Spring, 46-47. (invited article)
  • Lee, V. (2013). Teachers of Color: Creating and recreating identities in suburban schools. The Qualitative Report, 18(16), 1-16.
  • Lee, V. (2012). Uncovering the Professional Lives of Suburban Teachers of Color. Multicultural Education, 19(3), pp. 39-43.
  • Neuman, D., Grant, A., Lee, V., & Tecce DeCarlo, M.J. (2015). Information and digital literacy in a high-poverty urban school. School Libraries Worldwide, 21(1), 38-53. 
  • Wu, V. (2011). The Arizona sheltered English immersion model: A teaching framework that lacks ethics or care for ELLs. The 33rd. Philadelphia, PA: Drexel Publishing Group.