Eithne Kennedy

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Biography

Eithne Kennedy is associate professor (Literacy Studies) and Programme Chair of the Master of Education in Literacy Professional Practice (MEdLPP) in the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education.  As the director of the Write to Read research initiative a longitudinal University and School literacy project she also works collaboratively with schools and communities to create powerful literacy environments that motivate and engage children as readers, writers and thinkers. Prior to joining the faculty in 1997, she was a classroom teacher in Dublin and the US where she earned her Masters in Special Education at Fordham University, NYC. She is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2010) and DCU President’s Award for Public Engagement (2014). She has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of literacy including: Raising Literacy Achievement in High-Poverty Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach (Routledge, US, 2014), and a range of papers on literacy research, policy and practice. She is a past president.of the Literacy Association of Ireland and a current executive committee member.

Books

  Year Publication
2014 Raising literacy achievement in high-poverty schools: An evidence-based approach.
Kennedy, E. (2014) Raising literacy achievement in high-poverty schools: An evidence-based approach. New York: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2017 'Transforming literacy outcomes in high-poverty schools: An evidence-based approach'
Kennedy E (2017) 'Transforming literacy outcomes in high-poverty schools: An evidence-based approach' In: C. Ng & B. Bartlett (eds). Improving reading and reading engagement in the 21st century: International research and innovations. Singapore: Springer. [Details]
2013 'Closing the gap through professional development'
Kennedy, E., & Shiel G. (2013) 'Closing the gap through professional development' In: K. Hall, T. Cremin, B. Comber, & L. Moll, (Eds.) (eds). International handbook of research in children's literacy, learning and culture. Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. [Details]
2012 'Creating positive literacy learning environments in Early Childhood: Engaging classrooms, creating lifelong readers, writers and thinkers'
Kennedy, E. (2012) 'Creating positive literacy learning environments in Early Childhood: Engaging classrooms, creating lifelong readers, writers and thinkers' In: J. Marsh & J. Larson (Eds.) (eds). Handbook of Early Childhood literacy (2nd Ed.). London: Sage. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2010 'Narrowing the achievement gap: Motivation, engagement and self-efficacy matter'
Kennedy, E. (2010) 'Narrowing the achievement gap: Motivation, engagement and self-efficacy matter'. American Journal of Education, 190 (3):1-11 [Details]
2018 'Engaging children as readers and writers in high-poverty contexts'
Kennedy E. (2018) 'Engaging children as readers and writers in high-poverty contexts'. Journal of Research in Reading, 41 (4):716-731 [DOI] [Details]
2015 'Book Review: Kennedy, E. Raising literacy achievement in high-poverty schools: An evidence-based approach'
S. Ellis (2015) 'Book Review: Kennedy, E. Raising literacy achievement in high-poverty schools: An evidence-based approach'. Literacy, 49 (2):112-112 [Details]
2013 'Literacy Policy in Ireland'
Kennedy, E (2013) 'Literacy Policy in Ireland'. European Journal of Education, 48 :511-527 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Improving Literacy Achievement in a High-Poverty School: Empowering Classroom Teachers Through Professional Development'
Kennedy, E (2010) 'Improving Literacy Achievement in a High-Poverty School: Empowering Classroom Teachers Through Professional Development'. Reading Research Quarterly, 45 :384-387 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Raising Literacy Levels With Collaborative On-Site Professional Development in an Urban Disadvantaged School'
Kennedy, E;Shiel, G (2010) 'Raising Literacy Levels With Collaborative On-Site Professional Development in an Urban Disadvantaged School'. Reading Teacher, 63 :372-383 [DOI] [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2017 20th European Conference,
Kennedy, E., Shiel, G., McElligott, N., & O’Shea, R (2017) Symposium: Developing literacy in high-poverty urban schools: Lessons from the Write to Read project in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 20th European Conference, Madrid [Details]
2017 Literacy Research Association International Conference,
Kennedy, E., Shiel, G. (2017). (2017) Professional development as a catalyst for empowering teachers to create engaging environments for literacy learning in high-poverty schools. [Oral Presentation], Literacy Research Association International Conference, Tampa Florida [Details]
2017 20th European Conference,
Kennedy, E., Shiel, G (Ireland) Dombey H., (UK), Ellis., S. & Smith, V (Scotland) (2017) Symposium: Assessing Literacy in the Primary Years. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 20th European Conference, Madrid [Details]
2016 Belfast United Kingdom Literacy Association,
Kennedy, E (2016) Key Note Address: Transforming literacy outcomes in high-poverty schools: Lessons from Write Read. [Plenary Lecture/Keynote], Belfast United Kingdom Literacy Association, Belfast [Details]
2015 Learning Sciences Institute, Brisbane Australia: Invited international symposium: Reading and reading engagement: Data-driven & evidence-based accounts,
Kennedy, E (2015) Transforming literacy outcomes in high-poverty schools: An evidence- based approach. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Learning Sciences Institute, Brisbane Australia: Invited international symposium: Reading and reading engagement: Data-driven & evidence-based accounts, Brisbane [Details]
2014 Literacy Research Association International Conference,
Kennedy, E. (St. Patrick’s College-Dublin City University), Ivey, G. (University Wisconsin-Madison, US), Cremin, T. (Open University, UK) & Marsh, J. (Sheffield University, UK) (2014) Symposium: Dialogic co-construction of literacy: Empirical examples of what it is and why it matters in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Literacy Research Association International Conference, Dallas, Texas [Details]
2015 Reading and reading engagement: Data-driven & evidence-based accounts,
Eithne Kennedy (2015) Invited symposium. [], Reading and reading engagement: Data-driven & evidence-based accounts, Brisbane Australia [Details]
2014 Literacy Research Association Conference,
E. Kennedy, J.Marsh, T. Cremin & G. Ivey (2014) Dialogic co-construction of literacy: Empirical examples of what it is and why it matters in Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Literacy Research Association Conference, Florida US [Details]
2013 Raising Standards in Literacy Conference,
E. Kennedy (2013) Raising achievement: An evidence-based approach. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Raising Standards in Literacy Conference, Belfast [Details]
2013 Reading Association of Ireland International Conference,
E. Kennedy & G. Shiel (2013) Assessing writing in Junior Infants to Second Class. [], Reading Association of Ireland International Conference, Dublin [Details]
2013 18th European Reading Conference,
E. Kennedy & G. Shiel (2013) Writing development in the Write to Read Intervention. [], 18th European Reading Conference, Jonkoping Sweden [Details]
2013 Literacy Research Association,
E. Kennedy & B. Williams (2013) Expanding pre-service and in-service teachers’ visions for literacy instruction in the United States and abroad. [], Literacy Research Association, Dallas US [Details]
2012 Literacy for All: Launch of the Final report of the European Union High Level Group of Experts on Literacy,
E. Kennedy (2012) A research-based approach to promoting achievement and engagement in the primary years:. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Literacy for All: Launch of the Final report of the European Union High Level Group of Experts on Literacy, Nicosia Cyprus [Details]
2012 Growing readers and writers: Research-based practices for the Early Years,
Kennedy, E. (2012) Barnardos conference focused on literacy in the Early Years. [], Growing readers and writers: Research-based practices for the Early Years, Dublin [Details]
2011 The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) 9th annual conference: Promoting Literacy and Numeracy through Teacher Education. Cavan,
Kennedy, E. (2011) Raising Achievement: What Matters?. [Invited Oral Presentation], The Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South (SCoTENS) 9th annual conference: Promoting Literacy and Numeracy through Teacher Education. Cavan, Cavan [Details]
2011 Irish National Teachers Organisation Annual Education Conference, Athlone,
Kennedy, E. (2011) Envisioning schools where literacy thrives. [], Irish National Teachers Organisation Annual Education Conference, Athlone, Athlone [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2012 Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (Children Aged 3-8 Years). Commissioned Research Report.
Kennedy, E., Dunphy, E., Dwyer, B., Hayes, G., McPhillips, T., Marsh, J., O’Connor, M., & Shiel, G. (2012) Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education (Children Aged 3-8 Years). Commissioned Research Report. NCCA, Dublin Ireland. [Details]
2009 Improving literacy in disadvantaged schools: Policy and implementation issues: Commissioned research paper.
E. Kennedy (2009) Improving literacy in disadvantaged schools: Policy and implementation issues: Commissioned research paper. National Social and Economic Forum, National Economic and Social Forum Dublin. [Details]

Guest Lectures

  Year Publication
2012 Dialogic reading and emergent writing.
Kennedy, E. (2012) Dialogic reading and emergent writing. Guest Lectures [Details]

Podcast

  Year Publication
2012 Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Children aged 3-8 Years.
Kennedy, E. (2012) Literacy in Early Childhood and Primary Education: Children aged 3-8 Years. Dublin: Podcast [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Naughton Fellowship Notre Dame University Indiana US
2014 President’s Award for Public Engagement DCU
2011 Tatler Woman of the Year Public Life Award Tatler
2010 Outstanding Dissertation Award International Literacy Association

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Literacy Association Member /
Literacy Research Association Member /
Literacy Association of Ireland Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Literacy Association of Ireland Treasurer Executive Committee 2017 / 2017
International Literacy Association Outstanding Dissertation Committee 2012 / 2015
Literacy Research Association Research Committee 2011 / 2013

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2016, 2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Irish National Teachers Association Summer Course: Write to Read

2015
Continuous Professional Development/Training Write to Read, Poetry Ireland, Community Foundation of Ireland Young Writers' Academy: Writing Workshops with Siobhán Parkinson, Brian Gallagher, Sarah Webb, Terry McDonagh

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2012-2014: Served on the Adjudication Panel: Imaginosity Children's Museum: Writing Competition 3-9 year olds

Media

  Title Year Type Authors
Write to Read 2012 Produced a radio programme Brian Gallagher
A Way with Words 2013 Newspaper article (Print) Alex Meehan
Wicked writing lessons for children 2013 Newspaper article (Print) Louise Holdenl

Research Interests

  • Collaborative research with schools to implement research-based balanced literacy frameworks for literacy instruction that motivate and engage children as readers, writers and thinkers
  • Creativity and literacy
  • Disciplinary literacy
  • Early intervention and investigation of effective approaches to improving achievement in literacy in disadvantaged contexts
  • Collaborative professional development, change processes and literacy
  • Literacy policy and implementation issues

Research Projects

  Title Funder From - To Role Award
Write to Read Longitudinal Research Project Multiple funders 17-JAN-14 - 17-JAN-21 Principal Investigator

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Merrins-Gallagher , Aoife PhD-track Co-supervisor
De Brun , Jacqueline Mary PhD-track Co-supervisor
Burke , Patrick PhD Supervisor

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr Gerry Shiel Educational Research Centre IRELAND

Teaching Interests

Balanced literacy instruction
Workshop approaches to literacy
Writing pedagogy and assessment
Developing creativity and imagination
Disciplinary literacy
Whole school approaches to literacy
Change processes 
Teacher education: initial teacher education and continuing professional development
Parental involvement in literacy