Francesca Pomerantz, Ed.D. is a Professor in the Department of Childhood Education & Care at Salem State University in Massachusetts. Her research, writing and teaching focus on preparing and supporting teachers to teach literacy. As the Lead Faculty for School and Community Partnerships, she is responsible for the field component of the University’s teacher preparation program, developing school partnerships and placing over 175 teacher candidates per year.
The objectives of Professor Pomerantz’s project are to study the promising model for teacher professional development created and implemented by Professor Ellis of the University of Strathclyde and investigate how to deepen teachers’ understanding of their students’ home literacy practices to improve educational outcomes for children living in poverty. The investigation will explore the effects of teacher case studies that position literacy as a social practice and illustrate for teachers and teacher candidates how teachers use the kinds of knowledge possessed by families to shape the literacy curriculum.