2011 TC Research
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Lorraine M. Cella

Professional Background

Educational Background

Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University;  M.S., Long Island University;  B.F.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Scholarly Interests

Hidden Curriculum.  Discourse, Debate and Discomfort:  The Value of Disequilibrium in the Classroom.  YA Literature.  Children’s Picture Books.  Graphic Novels and the High School “English” Student.

Selected Publications

Tensions in a Secondary English Classroom:  An Autoethnographic Study of Teacher Change, Published Dissertation, 2005


“Reading the Complex World: Students Approach the Scarlet Letter from Multiple Perspectives” English Journal, July 2002

A&HE 4052: Adolescents and literature

Discussions focus on issues of adolescent diversity, urban experience, gender and the teaching of adolescents and literature. Special fee required.

A&HE 4057: English methods

A required course which focuses on practical aspects of teaching English, including lesson and unit plans, effective teaching strategies, evaluation and assessment, curriculum design, and integration of language arts. The overarching theme addresses literacy practices as historically situated and contextualized.Special fee required.

A&HE 4058: Teaching of reading

The course focuses on helping teachers examine theoretical and pedagogical principles relevant to teaching literary and non-literary texts with emphasis on the relations of texts and readers. Special fee required.

A&HE 5590: Master's seminar: Teaching of English

Designed to prepare students for completing integrative project for the M.A. degree, students participate in seminars which are oriented towards creating an academic, professional, and social network. Students research an area of special interest and share their findings. Special fee required.