Coordinator and Advisor
B.S., M.A., Ed.D., University of Memphis
Dr. Diane Lowe is the elementary literacy specialist in the Education Department. She teaches EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II and serves as the advisor to Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the honor society of the International Reading Association. Dr. Lowe is coordinator of and advisor to the graduate Literacy and Language program. She received the FSC Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006.
Dr. Lowe is active in many professional literacy organizations and has served as president of several: Nobscot Reading Council, MACURE (Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators), and the Massachusetts Reading Association.
Dr. Martha Colwell
Visiting Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Massachusetts-Amherst; M.S.Ed., University of South Maine; Ed.D., Nova Southeastern University
Martha Adam Colwell, Ed.D., Coordintor SchoolRise Massachusetts and Assistant Professor, Framingham State University, began her career as a Title One 9th grade English Teacher in Maine after graduating from the University of Massachusetts. While serving on the School Board in Augusta, Maine, Martha completed her M.Ed. in Literacy at the University of Southern Maine. She then returned to the classroom teaching at second grade and then as an elementary school reading specialist. After completing her C.A.S. in Language Arts and Leadership at the University of Maine, Martha became a Title Director and Reading Recovery teacher in Maine and led her staff to also become Reading Recovery teachers. As Principal of K-8 and K-6 schools in New Hampshire and in Maine, she led the development and implementation of standards based curriculum in both Math and Literacy. During her years as principal, Martha completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University (FLA). For ten years, Martha served as an Elementary principal in Massachusetts, during eight of these years she was also the Elementary Language Arts Curriculum Chair in charge of creating a new ELA curriculum for the district. For nine years Martha has taught literacy courses at Framingham State University where she is currently an Assistant Professor. Martha recently served as President of MA Reading Association and is currently on its Board of Directors and also on the Board for the Massachusetts Association of College and University Reading Educators. She co-authored a chapter in Understanding and Implementing Reading First Initiatives, Carrice Cummins, Ed. 2006. Additionally Martha has presented frequently at IRA, MRA, and Reading Recovery conferences.
Ms. Mary Canner
Visiting Senior Instructor
B.A., Brown University; M.Ed., Lesley University; C.A.G.S., Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mary Canner currently teaches the graduate courses Leadership and Consultation in the Language Arts and Practicum in Literacy and Language Seminar at Framingham State University. She also is a consultant with Teachers21, providing professional development for schools and districts focused on effective leadership practices, developing professional learning communities, RTI, and best practices in literacy instruction. Prior to Ms. Canner’s work at Teachers21, she was a school principal. While principal, she provided leadership, learning opportunities and coaching to her staff, establishing a highly respected Comprehensive Literacy Instructional Model across all classrooms. The school was one of 26 schools in the U.S. and Canada awarded the International Reading Association’s Exemplary Reading Program Award in recognition of its achievements. Earlier in her career as an educator, she served as a Reading Specialist and a classroom teacher in early elementary and upper elementary classrooms.
Ms. Beverly Luskin
Visiting Senior Instructor
B.A., Jersey City State College; M.Ed., Boston College
Twenty-seven years experience in private and public schools as a college visiting senior lecturer and full-time temporary instructor, principal, K-5 curriculum coordinator, math and science supervisor, classroom teacher, and reading specialist. Fourteen years experience as a consultant and instructor for the AIMS Education Foundation, conducting teacher workshops throughout the U.S. for math and science in the elementary classroom. Created and facilitated online courses in Poetry in the Elementary Classroom, Integrating Reading and Writing Strategies, Writer's Workshop in the Classroom, Interactive Reading and Math, and Children’s Literature in the Elementary Classroom.
Currently a visiting senior lecturer at Framingham State University teaching Early Childhood and Elementary Student Teaching Supervision, and Integrating the Language Arts.
Dr. Edward F. Sacco
Visiting Associate Professor
B.S., M.Ed., Northeastern; Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Dr. Sacco is a former Reading Specialist, Director of Reading and Language Arts, a Curriculum Director and an Assistant Superintendent who took an early retirement from public school education.
Dr. Sacco has a B.S. in English, a Masters in Reading, a CAGS in Administration from Northeastern University and a Doctorate in Language and Literacy from UMass. He currently teaches graduate courses in Literacy and Language Arts both on campus and online, plus supervises practicum and student teachers at FSC, and has also taught at Emmanuel College, Lesley University and other local colleges. Dr. Sacco's research interests include online instruction, secondary school reading and study skills, and struggling readers.
Core Education Faculty
Dr. Peter Dittami
Visiting Assistant Professor
Dr. Peter Dittami received a bachelor's degree with a focus on elementary education from Worcester State College, a masters degree in the education of the blind from Boston College, and a doctorate in educational foundations and administration from Boston University. He served seven years as an instructor, initially of blind children and adults, and later as a fifth and sixth grade classroom teacher, and was employed as an elementary school principal for more than thirty years.
After retiring as school principal, Dr. Dittami served as Coordinator of Educational Field Placements at Framingham State University for more than six years before becoming Coordinator of the Dual Enrollment Program, a part-time position that he currently holds.
Dr. Dittami is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Framingham State University where he has taught various graduate courses focusing on the educational foundations of history, philosophy, psychology, research, and sociology for twenty-two years. He has been associated with Framingham State University International Education Program since 1995 teaching courses in Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Italy, and Ukraine and serving on the Advisory Board.
Dr. Dittami serves on the Board of Directors of the Framingham State University Foundation and on the Advisory Board of the Framingham State University John C. Stalker Institute of Food and Nutrition. He is currently pursuing historical research related to the expansion of public education in nineteenth century United States.
Reverend James B. Flynn, Ph.D.
Reverend James B. Flynn teaches Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice in the graduate program in Education. His BA in philosophy was awarded from Catholic University of America, in addition, he has an MA from the same institution in Theology. Finally, he has an MED from Boston College in Education and his doctorate was likewise earned at Boston College. His special interests are the Philosophy and History of Education. His thesis is the educational philosophy of Antonio Rosmini Serbati. Dr. Serbati was an Italian Philosopher of Education. Reverend Flynn translated his foundational work from Italian to English, and compared and contrasted his theory of education with John Dewey, the American Philosopher of Education. In addition, Reverend Flynn studied under Lawrence Kohlberg with special attention to his cognitive-developmental theory of moral education. Finally, he is a pastor of St. Matthew Church in Southborough. Likewise, he is the senior counselor at Holy Name High School in Worcester, Massachusetts.