Dr. Shaw is a passionate, enthusiastic teacher who is nationally recognized as an expert on teaching readers and writers who struggle and also preparing reading specialists to be literacy coaches. His primary teaching responsibilities focus on teaching reading and writing in the MSEd. MST,and Post-Master's Literacy Program. He also teaches reading and literature courses at the undergraduate level.
Dr. Shaw has published research on multiple aspects of literacy education in more than 20 articles and chapters in books. He has also presented more than 60 sessions at the International Reading Association (IRA) annual conference, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) annual conference, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER) annual conferences, and the New York State Reading Association (NYSRA) annual conference.
Dr. Shaw served as Co-Chair of the IRA Professional Standards and Ethics Committee and currently serves as Director of the NCTE Reading Collaborative. He is also a member of the Save Our Schools Steering Committee and was recently elected President of the Rockland Reading Council and NYSRA Hudson Valley Regional Director, serving on the NYSRA Board of Directors.
Dr. Shaw has won the St. Thomas Aquinas College Board of Trustees' Award for Excellence, has been awarded two Faculty Development grants to research Best Practices for Closing the Achievement Gap and the Roles and responsibilities of Reading Specialists/ Literacy Coaches. he has also been awarded four grants to fund the Literacy Extravaganza Professional Conference, Campaign for Artful Resistance: A Celebration of the Arts, and the Rockland County Storytelling Festival.
Prior to coming to STAC 20 years ago, he taught in the Bronx as an elementary school teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach for 27 years.
Office Hours for Spring 2015: Tuesday and Thursday 10:30 - 12:30; other hours by appointment.