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Dr Eithne Kennedy

Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education

Name: Dr Eithne Kennedy
Department: Language, Literacy & Early Childhood Education
Role: Head of School
Phone Number: 01 884 2072
Email Address: eithne.kennedy@dcu.ie
Room: F124
Campus: DCU St Patricks Campus

Biographical Details

Eithne Kennedy is Head of the School of Language, Literacy and Early Childhood Education and senior lecturer in literacy studies. Prior to joining the faculty in 1997, she was a classroom teacher in Dublin and the US where she earned her Masters in Special Education at Fordham University, NYC. She is the recipient of the International Literacy Association’s Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2010) and DCU President’s Award for Public Engagement (2014). As the director of the Write to Read research initiative, a longitudinal University, School and Community Literacy project she also works collaboratively with schools and communities to create powerful literacy environments that motivate and engage children as readers, writers and thinkers. She has authored and co-authored several publications in the field of literacy including: Raising Literacy Achievement in High-Poverty Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach (Routledge, US, 2014), and a range of papers on literacy research, policy and practice. She is a past president.of the Literacy Association of Ireland and a current executive committee member.

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