Education Faculty and Staff
Ellen Ashburn Ed.D.
Education Program Lecturer & Student Teaching Supervisor
Hometown : Pittsburgh, PA
Joined Chatham : 2002
Academic Areas of Interest
Reading specialist, English as a Second Language, ESL, ELL, reading specialist, literacy, teacher preparation, elementary education, student teaching supervisor, secondary English education
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Dr. Ashburn's professional credentials include a doctorate in Psychology of Reading from Temple University; Pennsylvania supervisory certifications as a Reading Specialist and Curriculum & Instruction Supervision; Pennsylvania teaching certifications in elementary education, reading, English, and ESL. Public school experience includes ten years as an elementary classroom teacher; reading specialist; ESL testing specialist, Title 1 Coordinator; supervisory experience as a reading supervisor, Director of Language Arts, Federal Programs, and ESL/Bilingual Education Program. Higher Education experience includes teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the areas of literacy, how to teach English language learners, and in teacher preparation. Personal experiences in elementary and secondary public education enable Dr. Ashburn to provide university students with the practical view of teaching in addition to the research-based theories and instructional strategies that are presented in course content. Experience in teaching English to second language learners at elementary and secondary grade levels has prepared Dr. Ashburn to assist pre-service teachers meet their responsibilities of meeting the needs of their ELL students.
- Doctor of Education, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- M. Ed., Reading Specialist, Temple University, Philadephia, PA
- Master's Equivalency in Elementary Education, Penn State University
- B.A. in English and Elementary Education, Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA
- Dissertation: “A Comparative Study of Receptive Vocabulary Knowledge of Low-income English-dominant Fourth Grade Remedial Readers Residing in Spanish-dominant vs. English-dominant Households"
- Library of Congress Primary Sources Book Back-Drop for Three Golden Rivers at https://tps.waynesburg.edu/book-backdrops
- “Creating a Structured and Reflective Assessment Process for Student Teaching,” the Fall 2008 edition of The Field Experience Journal.
- “A Collaborative Evaluation Model of Student Teacher Competence: Using the PDE 430,” October 2007 issue of Pennsylvania Teacher Educator.
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania areas of professional certification: elementary education, reading specialist, reading supervisor, secondary English, program specialist in ESL/bilingual, supervisor of curriculum and instruction
- Outstanding Teaching Supervisor Award, National Student Teacher Supervision Conference, Slippery Rock University, May, 2008.
- Team Reviewer of the initial proposal for a Pennsylvania university‘s “Master of Arts in Teaching English As a Second Language” degree program for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, October, 2011.
- Pennsylvania Department of Education Program Approval Advisory Group to refine the student teacher evaluation process and to revise the university/college education program review process (2008).
- Pennsylvania Department of Education Committee of Practitioners to collaborate on the “Pennsylvania NCLB Consolidated Application” and future regulations proposed for implementing the No Child Left Behind Consolidated State Plan (2002-2004).
- Selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to review second language acquisition strategies at the U. S. Army Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California
- “Literacy Lessons for Pre-Service and Classroom Teachers in Early Childhood Education,” National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida, November 19, 2010.
- “Developing First Graders’ Speaking, Listening and Reading Competencies through Writing,” American Teacher Educators Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., August, 2008.
- “A Collaborative Evaluation Model of Student Teacher Competence: Using the PDE 430,” the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators Conference, Penn State University, October, 2007.
- “Rationales and Protocols for Extracting Student Teachers from Field Placement,” National Student Teacher Supervision Conference at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, May 2008.
- “Putting the Student Teacher in the Driver’s Seat of the 430,” National Student Teacher Supervision Conference at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, May 2008.