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Tynisha Meidl

Co-Chair of Teacher Education and Associate Professor of Teacher Education 

B.S., Penn State University
M.Ed., University of Texas-Pan American
Ph.D., Penn State University

Programs: Education

Tynisha D. Meidl is the co-chair of the Teacher Education Program and associate professor. Tynisha has been involved in the field of education for over 15 years. Meidl’s research agenda is informed by her experiences as a teacher in urban and rural contexts. Her research is specific to literacy development within the context of teacher development, inclusive classroom culture, culturally relevant curriculum, service-learning, and literacy assessment and intervention.

Her recent co-authored book, Expanding Elementary Teacher Education through Service-Learning: A Handbook on Extending Literacy Field Experience for 21st Century Urban Teacher Preparation, examines the need to redefine and reconfigure teacher education, which includes intentional and meaningful field experiences to adequately prepare teachers for urban elementary classrooms. Tynisha is the co-editor for Literacy and Social Responsibility, a journal of the International Literacy Association and served on the advisory board of reviewers for Literacy: Helping Students Construct Meaning (9th edition). She is the co-founder of District Literacy Leadership SIG as a part of the International Literacy Association, as well as the co-founder of VIDA charter school in Pennsylvania. She has multiple book chapters and journal articles on issues ranging from approaches to culturally diverse classrooms to service-learning in urban contexts.

Courses
EDUC 386 Reading Improvement in the Elementary/Middle School
EDUC 350 Developmental Reading and Language Arts
EDUC 373 The Writing Process