Gwendolyn McMillon Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Literacy
Department: Reading and Language Arts
Office: 490 G Pawley Hall
Phone: (248) 370-4158
Advanced Reading Methods (Reading 331 - Undergraduate)
Advanced Language Arts Methods (Reading 333 - Undergraduate)
Foundations of Reading (Reading 500 - Masters)
Introduction to Qualitative Research (Reading 720 – Doctoral)
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Ph.D. in Curriculum, Teacher Education & Social Policy - 2001
Dissertation Title: A Tale of Two Settings: African American Students’ Literacy Experiences at Church and at School.
Saginaw Valley State University, Saginaw, Michigan
M.Ed. in Educational Leadership - 1995
Concentration: Chief Business School Official
Thesis: Perception vs. Reality - Saginaw City Schools’ Office of Finance.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
B.A. in Literature, Science & Arts - 1982
Edwards, P.A., McMillon, G.T. & Danridge, J. (2010). Change is gonna come: Transforming literacy education for African American students. New York: Teachers College Press.
Lazar, A., Edwards, P.A. & McMillon, G.M.T. (in progress). Wake up all the teachers: Essential understandings of social equity literacy teaching. New York: Teachers College Press.
(Contract signed December, 2010)
Books under Review
Edwards, P.A. & McMillon, G.M.T. (in progress) Reaching non-traditional families in non-traditional ways. New York: Teachers College Press.
McMillon, G.M.T. (2009). Pen pals without borders: A cultural exchange of teaching & learning. Education & Urban Society, 42(1), 119–135.
Washington, R.D., Bauer, E., Edwards, P.A. & McMillon, G.M.T. (2008). Self- portraits of black women scholars’ literacy and identity. In D.W. Rowe, R. Jimenez, D. Compton, D. Dickinson, Y. Kim, K. Leander, V. Risko. (Eds.). 57th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 341-356). Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.
Danridge, J.T., Walker-Dalhouse, D. & McMillon, G.M.T. (2005). Crossing over to Canaan: Engaging distinguished women and/or minority literacy scholars in critical tenure conversations. 54th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference (pp. 403–415). Oak Creek, WI: National Reading Conference.
Edwards, P.A., McMillon, G.M.T., Danridge, J., Laier, B. (October, 2001). Who are you teaching? Coordinating instructional networks around the students and parents you serve. The Reading Teacher 55(2) 146-150.
McMillon, G.M.T & Edwards, P.A. (November, 2000). Why does Joshua hate school?...but love Sunday school? Language Arts 78(2) 111-120.
Brock, C.H., McMillon, G.M.T., Pennington, J.L., Townsend, D. & Lapp, D. (2009). Academic English and African American vernacular English: Exploring possibilities for promoting the literacy learning of all children. In Diane Lapp, Robert Rueda, and Leslie Mandel Morrow (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Literacy Instruction: Issues of Diversity, Policy and Equity.
McMillon, G.M.T. & Edwards, P.A. (2008). Examining shared domains of literacy in the church & school of African American children. In James Flood, Shirley Brice Heath, and Diane Lapp (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching Literacy Through the Communicative and Visual Arts, Volume II, (pp. 319-328). New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishers, Inc.
Edwards, P.A. & McMillon, G.M.T. (2008). Making vital home-school connections: Utilizing parent stories as a "lifeline" for developing successful early literacy experiences. In Andrea DeBruin-Parecki (Ed.), Here’s How, Here’s Why: Developing Early Literacy Skills, (pp. 87-99). Baltimore, MD: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company, a division of High/Scope Educational Research Foundation.
McMillon, G.M.T. & Edwards, P.A. (2004). The African American Church: A beacon of light on the pathway to literacy for African American children. In Gregory, E., Long, S., & Volk, D. (Eds.). Many Pathways to Literacy, (pp. 182-194). London: Routledge Falmer.
McMillon, G.M.T. and McMillon, V.D. (2004). The empowering literacy practices of the African American Church. In Boyd, F.B., Brock, C. H. & Rozendal, M.S. (Eds.). Multicultural and Multilingual Literacy and Language: Contexts & Practices, (pp. 280-303). New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Edwards, P.A., McMillon, G.M.T., Bennett, C. T. (2003). Mining the fields of teacher education: Preparing teachers to teach African American students in urban schools. In Yeakey, C.C., Henderson, R., & Shujaa, M. (Eds.). Issues in Black Education, Volume II, (pp. 389-409). Greenwich, Conn.: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Laier, B., Edwards, P.A., McMillon, G.M.T., Danridge, J. (2001). Connecting home and school values through multicultural literature and family stories. In Schmidt, P.R & Pailliotet, A.W. (Eds.). Exploring Values Across the Curriculum With Literature and Mass Media, (pp. 64-75). Greenwich, Conn.: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Edwards, P.A., Danridge, J., McMillon, G.M.T. & Pleasants, H.M. (2001). Taking ownership of literacy: Who has the power? In Schmidt, P.R. & Mosenthal, P. (Eds.). Reconceptualizing literacy in the new age of pluralism and multiculturalism, Volume 9 Advances in Reading and Language Research, (pp. 111-134). Greenwich, Conn.: Information Age Publishing Inc.
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