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Sharon Leathers

Ramapo ArchAssistant Professor of Literacy

Year Joined RCNJ: 2019

Contact Information

Education

  • Ed.D., Curriculum Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A., Educational Administration, California State University, Los Angeles
  • M.Ed., Literacy, William Paterson University
  • B.A., Political Science, Rutgers College, Rutgers University
  • B.A. Spanish, Rutgers College, Rutgers University

Special Certifications/Licenses

  • National Board Certified Teacher
  • Supervisory Certification/License
  • Middle Grades Mathematics-Science Teacher Education Program Certification
  • Standard Elementary School Teacher Certification/License
  • District Bilingual Certification

Convening Group

  • Teacher Education

Courses Offered 

  • Student Literacy Corps
  • Literacy Theory and Practice
  • Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • Literacy across the Elementary Curriculum

Teaching Interests

  • Literacy Education and New Literacies
  • Culturally Relevant and Sustaining Pedagogies
  • Racial and Social Justice Pedagogies

Research Interests

  • Urban Education
  • Literacy Education
  • Teacher Education (Emphasis: Early-Career Teachers)
  • Diversifying the Teacher Workforce

 

Recent Publications and Presentations

 

Publications

  • Leathers, L.S. (Under final review). Community-based PLCs: Re-envisioning teacher collaboration, agency, and professionalism in urban education. In S. Jones-Fosu & C. Lewis (Eds.) Economic, Political, and Legal Solutions to Urban Education and the Implications on Teacher Preparation.

Collaborating Author

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. (2019). The Black and Hispanic/Latino male teacher Networked Improvement Community: Promising practices to recruit and retain male teachers of color. Washington, DC: AACTE. https://aacte.org/resources/research-reports-and-briefs/the-black-and-hispanic-latino- male-teacher-networked-improvement-community-promising-practices-to-recruit-and-retain-male-teachers-of-color/

Conference Presentation

  • Leathers, L.S. (2021, January). Counternarratives of racial literacy within teacher education. Panel Discussion at the 1st Annual Teacher Educator Convening, Institute for Teachers of Color, Virtual presentation. 

Conference Paper Presentations

  • Leathers, L.S. (2021, November). Freire, bell hooks, and the persistent problem of freedom. Paper presentation at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER). Paper accepted.
  • Leathers, L.S., Cheruvu, R. (2020, December). The racial literacy project: Sustaining and supporting teachers of color within a community of teacher education and K-12 professionals. Paper presentation at the 10th Annual Conference on Education and Social Justice, Virtual presentation.
  • Leathers, L.S. (2020, April). From failure to transformational resistance: Counternarratives of teachers of color who leave the classroom. Paper accepted at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).

 

 

 

 

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