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Francine Falk-Ross


School of Education

School of Education Westchester

  • @Pleasantville


I am the Coordinator for the Literacy Specialist Graduate Program which is an online program, I am based on the Pleasantville campus, and have taught on both campuses. My teaching and research articles and books are based on Literacy (and new literacies) development topics for all ages.


PhD , University of Illinois at Chicago , Chicago, IL , 1995
Curriculum and Instruction-Reading

MA , State University of New York at Buffalo , Buffalo, NY , 1976
Communication Disorders

BS , State University of New York at Albany , Albany, NY , 1972
Speech and Language Pathology

Awards and Honors

  • Office of Sponsored Research at Pace University , May 2015 - Pace University Best Presentation on Research Day 2015
  • University College of Education , May 9, 2007 - The Northern Illinois University College of Education Award for Scholarly Research


  • Illinois State, - Illinois State General Administrative Certificate
    Type 75
  • Illinois State, - Illinois State Teacher Certification, K-12
    Type 10
  • Illinois State, - Illinois State Licensure, Speech and Language Pathology
  • - Certificate of Clinical Competence, Speech/Language Pathology
  • New York State, - New York State Permanent Teaching Certification


Falk-Ross, F. & Linder, R. (2018, May). Advocating for increased use of digital literacis by preservice teachers forliteracy instruction. Howell, Faulkner, Jones, & Carpenter (Eds.), The Handbook of Research in Middle Level Education: Preparing Middle Level Educators for 21st Century Schools. Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishing. , pages 203-228.

Falk-Ross, F. & Horowitz, R. (2017, November). Reenvisioning and redesigning tutoring. Academic Journal. Vol 33 (Issue 4)

Falk-Ross, F. Literacy. Mertens, Caskey, & Flowers (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Middle Grades Education. Charlotte, NC, USA: Information Age Publishing. (Issue 2nd)

Falk-Ross, F., McDermott, P. & Medow, S. Using the visual and performing arts to complement young adolescents' “close reading” of texts. Middle School Journal. Vol 43 (Issue 1) , pages 27-33.


Falk-Ross, F. C. (2015, December). Literacy Research Association Annual Conference. Re-engagement for learning: A study of etutoring in content area instruction. Carlsbaad, CA

Falk-Ross, F. C., Blecker, C., Sabbathi, I., D'Agostino, R. & Barbosa, a. (2015, November). New York State Reading Association Annual Conference. Approaches to Effective Comprehension Competencies for Diverse Students. Saratoga Springs, NY

Falk-Ross, F. C., Dealy, A., Porcelli, J. & Hammond, J. (2015, November). New York State Reading Association Annual Conference. Teachers' Efficacy and Students' Achievement in the Bookworms Tutoring Program. Saratoga Springs, NY

Falk-Ross, F. C., McDermott, P. & Medow, S. (2015, November). New York State Reading Association Annual Conference. Using Visualization to Support Diverse Learners' Comprehension of Information. Saratoga Springs, NY


Middle School Literacy New Literacies (e.g., Digital Technology, composing, video) Teacher Education Interactive Discourse

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Falk-Ross, F. C. Illinois Math-Science Partnership Grant.
Illinois State Board of Education . Funded,Coursework for biological Sciences. Planning Committee


  • National Middle School Association [Member of National Association of Professors of Middle Level Education] 2004
  • Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (formerly the College Reading Association) 2000
    -Teacher Education Division, Chair, 2005-2007; Chair-Elect, 2003-5. -Conference Program Subcommittee, 2001-4 -Yearbook Editor Team, 2005-2009 -Masters and Doctoral Awards Subcommittee, 2002-4, 2007 Board of Directors, 2008-10
  • National Council of Teachers of English 1995
    Paper presentation, 1996, 2007
  • National Reading Conference 1992
    Research paper presentations, 1993-1998, 1999-2004
  • American Educational Research Association 1990
    -Research paper presentations, 1997-2001, 2003-7; -Reviewer of conference proposals, 2003-7 -SIG membership: Research in Literacy; Research in Middle Level Educ. -Reviewer for RMLE Research in Middle Level Education Online.
  • International Reading Association 1990
    -Paper presentations, 2001-2004; Teacher Educator -Awards Subcommittee, 2002-4 -Reviewer of conference proposals, 2000-2005 -Member of three local councils (NIRC, SSRC, CIRP) -Critical Perspectives Committee member, 2006-8 -Chair, Intellectual Freedom Committee, 2008-2010. -Organization for Teacher Educators in Reading SIG, 2008-2009
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association 1976
    Research paper presentations, 1994, 2003
  • New York State Reading Council 2009
  • Northeastern Educational Research Association 2000
  • Society for Discourse and Text 2002
    International research paper presentation, 2003
  • Illinois Reading Council 1994
    -Paper presentations, 2000- 2005. -Research and Studies Committee member
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA) [Association Council Member]
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA) [Chair, Teacher Education Division ] 2005
  • American Reading Forum 2000
    -Paper presentation, 2000, 2004 -Membership Committee, 2000
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA)
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development 1993
  • Mid-Western Educational Research Association (MWERA)


  • Editorial Responsibilities []
    Desc: EDITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES College Reading Association Yearbook, Editorial Team, 2005-2009; Lead editor 2007-8. College Reading Association. Handbook of Middle Level Educational Research-Volume 7, Reviewer, 2013. Journal of Literacy Research, Editorial Review Board team. 2001-2013. Middle Grades Research Journal. Editorial Review Board member. 2006-2013. Co-Editor of Reading and Writing (2009), and Literacy (in process) special issues. Christopher Gordon Publishing: International Journal of Literacies, 4/05/2013 Christopher Gordon Publishing International Journal of Diverse Literacies, 11/2013 RMLE (Research in Middle Level Education) Online, Editorial Review Board member. 2007-2013. American Educational Research Association The Reading Teacher, Review Board member, 2005-2013; Guest Reviewer, 2002-2005. (Volumes 55, 56, 57, 58). International Reading Association. Illinois Reading Council Journal, Editorial Review Board member, 2001-2004. Literacy Research and Instruction (formerly Reading Research & Instruction), 2005-13. Mid-Western Educational Researcher. Editorial Review Board member. 2007-8. Journal of the National Association for Alternate Certification 9/2013 Christopher-Gordon Publishers, 2000-2006. Norwood, MA. Review book proposals. Conference Proposals for annual meeting research presentations: American Educational Research Association, College Reading Association, International Reading Association, Literacy Research Association, Society for Text and Discourse.
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