Kennesaw State University

Debra Coffey

Kennesaw State University
Associate Professor
Dr. Coffey is an associate professor of literacy and language instruction, and she received her doctorate in Literacy, Language, and ESL Instruction from the University of Tennessee. She is an avid researcher who presents innovative pedagogy during national and international conferences, including the Oxford Round Table in England. During teaching experiences, she enjoyed seeing students from preschool to twelfth grade enter the world of a book and become enthralled with the learning process. Dr. Coffey has written widely about literacy strategies, and she co-authored four books, including Unlocking the Power of Language: Research-Based Strategies for Language Development and Keys for Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Grades. She is co-editor of the online journal Taking Teaching and Learning Seriously, she is a lead coach who serves on editorial boards, and she conducts international workshops for teachers. As a co-advisor for Pi Lambda Theta and the Bagwell College of Education Graduate Student Association, she conducts literacy projects with pre-service and in-service teachers, and they have given 4,817 books to local outreach programs and partnership schools in Nigeria, Belize, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador during collaborative projects. A Global TOSS program, which she designed with colleagues, will extend this collaboration. As Vice-President of Research for the Kennesaw Mountain Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, her cutting edge research focuses on literacy strategies to connect theory with practice. Dr. Coffey is the Director of the Center for Literacy and Learning in the Bagwell College of Education, and she collaborates with teams of faculty and students to design effective mentoring programs to enhance the success of teachers and P-12 learners. Her scholarly interests include cultural pedagogy and keys to maximize motivation for lifelong literacy.

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