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CollectionsYour library (113), Currently reading (1), All collections (113)

Reviews106 reviews

TagsPSB (56), Kdg (42), MC (36), preK (28), lowEL (26), upEL (26), FNT (24), MRJ (22), CRF (21), AA (19) — see all tags

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Dr. Leah van Belle is an Associate Professor in the College of Education at Madonna University in Livonia, MI, where she has redesigned teacher education courses to emphasize authentic, field-based teacher training. She teaches her graduate and undergraduate classes in Detroit schools, with teachers as partners in new teacher education. Her courses engage novice and experienced teachers in service-learning projects that serve urban schools and families through after-school programs, such as a magazine club and a free reading clinic.

As a servant leader in urban education, Dr. van Belle collaborates with preK-12 schools. In this role she uses a coaching model to lead professional development for instructional coaches and teachers, with emphasis on evidence-based best practices in teaching and learning, curriculum mapping and unit design using a backward design (UbD) framework, culturally-relevant pedagogy, and collaborative inquiry into practice to develop a professional learning community that supports teachers' growth. She supports principals and district leaders in growing instructional rigor preK-12. As a first-generation high school and college graduate, she is deeply committed to supporting teachers in closing the academic opportunity and achievement gap through excellence in teaching and learning. She believes that education is one of the most powerful tools for social justice.

Her community work includes collaboration with adult literacy programs in Detroit and she is a consultant with the Michigan Department of Education. She serves as the editor of the Michigan Reading Journal, the peer-reviewed journal of the Michigan Reading Association, with a circulation of more than 6,500 readers.

Dr. van Belle earned her doctorate in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with her research focused on teachers’ professional choices in the implementation of reading programs, literacy coaches’ work with classroom teachers, literacy practices in bilingual communities, and classist and racist discourses in curriculum materials.

About my libraryFormat:
BB = board book
CH or CB = chapter book
GN = graphic novel
PSB = picture storybook
PB = picture book
POP = pop-up book
Flap = lift-the flap book
Flip = flip book
WRDLSS = wordless picture story book

INFO = informational
AUTO = autobiography
BIO = biography
BF = biographical fiction
CRF = contemporary realistic fiction
FNT = fantasy
HF = historical fiction
MYS = mystery
PT = poetry
SF = science fiction
TL = traditional literature
FFT = fractured fairy tale
CNCPT = concept book

CSK Au Aw = Coretta Scott King Award for author
CSK Ill Aw = Coretta Scott King Award for illustrator
Caldecott = Caldecott Award
Newbery Aw = Newbery Award
Belpre Aw = Pura Belpre Award
Sibert = Robert F. Sibert Award
OP = Orbis Pictus
Geisel = Theodor Seuss Geisel Award

preK = preschool
Kdg = kindergarten
lowEL = lower elementary
upEL = upper elementary
midSch = middle school
YA = young adult
CBFA = children’s book for adults really
RA: = read aloud
IR: = approximate independent reading

AA = African American
MC = features a non-white main character
KBK = non-white main character, but race/ethnicity is not the problem driving the story
MR = includes multiracial characters
AMIND = American Indian
ASAM = Asian American
HISP/LAT = Hispanic or Latino/a
ARAM = Arab American
CP = Presented on at a conference/workshop
easy reader = text for beginning readers
MRJ = Reviewed in Michigan Reading Journal



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Member sinceAug 31, 2007

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