Education Department Faculty

Mary Grassetti, Ed.D.

Associate Professor, Education Department Chair

Office: O'Connor Hall 130
Phone Number: 508-215-5402
Email: mgrassetti@framingham.edu

Education:

  • Ed.D. Mathematics Teacher Education
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.Ed. Science Curriculum and Instruction
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • B.S. Psychology and Education
    Mount Holyoke College

Research Interests:

Dr. Grassetti’s research focuses on mathematics teacher education, technology and education, and motherhood and education. Her work has appeared in the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development journal, Perspectives and in the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement. She co-authored a chapter in the book, Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies and co-edited a book on technology and teacher education. Dr. Grassetti is a reviewer for numerous educational journals and is the president of the New England Educational Research Organization.

Publications

  • Grassetti, M. T. & Brookby, S. (2016). Advancing Next-Generation Teacher Education through Digital Tools and Applications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Learn More >
  • Grassetti, M. T. & Brookby, S. (2013). Using the iPad to develop preservice teachers’ understanding of the common core state standards for mathematical practice. In Drew Polly (Ed.), Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies, (370-386), Hershey, PA: IGI Global. Learn More > 
  • Grassetti, M. T. (2013). Navigating academia while balancing motherhood: A reflective journey of a circuitous path.Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement, 4(1), 9-22. Learn More >
  • Grassetti, Mary T. (2010) Engaging Students in Mathematics Conversations: Discourse Practices and the Development of Social and Socialmathematical Norms in Three Novice Teachers’ Classrooms. Dissertations. Paper 196. Learn More >
  • Grassetti, M. T. (2007). Learning to teach elementary mathematics: Understanding the sociocultural experience of the pre-service teacher. Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Perspectives, Fall 2007. Learn More >

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 341 Elementary Curriculum: Math
  • EDUC 374 Early Childhood: Math and Science
  • EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Science
  • EDUC 431/432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 437/438 Elementary Professional Practicum

James Cressey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 138
Phone Number: 508 626 4928
Email: jcressey@framingham.edu; www.jamescressey.com

Education:

  • Ph.D. School Psychology
    University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.Ed. Special Education
    Plymouth State University
  • B.A. Psychology and Theology
    Georgetown University

Research Interests:

Dr. Cressey's research focuses on positive behavioral interventions and supports, social-emotional learning, multi-tiered systems of support, and universal design for learning.

Courses taught:

  • EDUC 320 The Young Child: Emergent Literacy: Special Needs
  • EDUC 374 Early Childhood Curriculum: Mathematics with Field Study III
  • EDUC 376 Early Childhood Curriculum: Special Needs
  • EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Special Needs
  • EDUC 490 Independent Study in Elementary Education
  • HNRS 480 Honors Program Thesis
  • EDUC 431/432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 437/438 Elementary Professional Practicum
  • SPED 960 Assessment Procedures
  • SPED 963 Behavior and Classroom Management

May Hara, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 141
Phone Number: 508 626 5803
Email: mhara@framingham.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. Educational Policy Studies, Curriculum & Instruction
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
    City College of New York
  • B.A. Government, French Literature
    Cornell University

Research Interests:

Dr. Hara's research interests include teachers and educational policy, culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms, and anthropology of education.

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 431/432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 437/438 Elementary Professional Practicum

Kelly Kolodny, Ph.D.

Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 148
Phone Number: 508 626 4567
Email: kkolodny@framingham.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. Educational Studies
    Concentration in Social Foundations, History and Philosophy of Education
    2000 University of Connecticut
  • M.A.T. Elementary Education
    1994 Rhode Island College
  • B.A. International Development and Social Change
    1990 Clark University

Research Interests:

Dr. Kolodny's research interests focus on the learning and development of children; educational collaborations between schools, families, and community institutions; educational biography; and history of schooling.

Courses Taught

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society
  • EDUC 376 Early Childhood Curriculum: Social Studies
  • EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum: Social Studies
  • EDUC 431/432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 437/438 Elementary Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 999 Research and Evaluation
  • First Year Foundations Seminar

Dr. Kolodny serves as the Kappa Delta Pi advisor, the Education Club advisor, coordinator of the Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure (PBTL) program, and coordinator of the core courses for the PBTL and Master of Education programs. She received the FSU Distinguished Faculty Service Award in 2014.

Diane Lowe, Ed.D.

Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 142
Phone Number: 508 626 4887
Email: dlowe@framingham.edu

Education:

  • Ed.D. Reading and Language Arts, Elementary Education, Special Education and Administration and Supervision
    University of Memphis
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction and Administration and Supervision
    University of Memphis
  • B.S. in Elementary Education and Music
    University of Memphis

Research Interests:

Dr. Lowe's areas of research include literacy and literacy instruction.

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy
  • LTRC 900 Research and Practice in Reading
  • LTRC 902 Reading and Writing in the Content Areas
  • LTRC 926 Teaching the Writing Process
  • LTRC 952 Practicum in Literacy and Language

Dr. Lowe teaches EDUC 322 The Child and Literacy with Field Study II, the elementary education literacy course. She serves as the advisor to Alpha Upsilon Alpha, the Honor Society of the International Literacy Association. Dr. Lowe is the coordinator of and advisor to the graduate program in Literacy and Language. She received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2006 and is proud to serve as faculty marshal.

Wardell Powell, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 136
Phone Number: 508 626 4830
Email: wpowell1@framingham.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
    University of South Florida
  • M.S. Science Education
    Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York
  • B.A. Biology
    Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York
Research Interests:

 Dr. Powell’s research interests focus on socioscientific issues, pre-service teacher education, universal design for learning, and science education in juvenile justice settings. 

Courses Currently Teaching:

  • EDUC 315/316/318 Pro Prep with Field Study II
  • EDUC 302/ EDIL 802 Pro Prep Special Needs and Educational Technology

Folashadé Solomon, Ed.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 143
Phone Number: 508 626
Email: fsolomon@framingham.edu

Education:

  • Ed.D. Administration, Planning, and Social Policy K-12
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • M.Ed. Administration, Planning, and Social Policy K-12
    Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • M.S. Leadership and Policy in Education
    Wheelock College
  • B.A. Theater Arts and Elementary Education
    University of Massachusetts Boston
Courses Taught:
  • EDUC 123 Art, Self, and Community
  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society
  • EDUC 346 Elementary Curriculum Science
  • EDUC 350 Education and Social Change
  • EDUC 431/432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 437/438 Elementary Professional Practicum

Dr. Solomon serves as the coordinator for the M.Ed. Elementary Education, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instructional Technology, and M.Ed. Educational Technology programs.

Julie Zoino-Jeannetti, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office: O'Connor Hall 147
Phone Number: 508 626 4594
Email: jzoinojeannetti@framingham.edu

On sabbatical Fall 2017

Education:

  • Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction, Boston College
  • M.Ed. Boston College
  • B.A. History Wellesley College

Research Interests:

Dr. Zoino-Jeannetti's research areas include pre-service teacher education, influence of social class in schooling, cultural competence, critical pedagogy, and adult literacy.

Courses Taught:

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society
  • EDUC 374 Early Childhood Curriculum: Math
  • EDUC 376 Early Childhood Curriculum: Social Studies
  • EDUC 431/432 Early Childhood Professional Practicum
  • EDUC 437/438 Elementary Professional Practicum
  • PBTL 910 Education Foundations
  • EDUC 991 Philosophy of Education and Teaching Practice

Dr. Zoino-Jeannetti has received Quality Matters  approval for online course design and pedagogy, and is a QM-certified course reviewer for the University.