Kate E. O’Hara

Navigating a Literacy Rich World: Untethering English Language Learners From the Classroom

Kate E. O’Hara earned her Ph.D in Urban Education at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York. At present she is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at New York Institute of Technology. She is also an independent Curriculum Designer and Instructional Technology Specialist working extensively with teachers in the New York City Metro area, guiding them in the development of technology integrated curriculum that meets Common Core Standards and the application of teaching strategies that foster achievement for all students. Her research is focused on the effective use of technology to empower users to become agents of social change. More specifically, (1) urban teachers creating online communities to support their own professional development (2) students using Web 2.0 tools to increase literacy skills and (3) utilization of online resources by both teachers and students to enact a critical pedagogy. Her research employs the use of autoethnographic studies, couched within a sociocultural framework.

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