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Name
John Kania
Title
Associate Professor of English and
Content Coordinator for ESL and Developmental English
UDL Teaching Fellow
Department
General Education
Program
General Studies
Phone
(860) 913-2007
Email
JKania@goodwin.edu
Office Location
247 Riverside Drive - First Floor
Status
Full-Time
Courses Taught
ENG 088, ENG 089, ENG 099, ENG 101, and ENG 102
Bio
I have taught all grade levels from pre-school through graduate school and have focused on teaching reading and writing. With nearly twenty years in elementary education, I have worked in teaching fundamental literacy skills.

For the last few years, I have taught at community colleges in Connecticut and Massachusetts. I have worked with students in both ESL and Foundational English classes.

My research interests lie in expanding my understanding of acquiring a second language such as English so as to assist ESL students in learning the academic language and vocabulary associated with the college classroom. Teaching students study skills that allow them to comprehend content area material and learn effectively and efficiently is also of great interest to me.

At Goodwin College, I look forward to working with my colleagues in providing students the tools for success and working with students to acquire those tools that they will not only use in other classes but for a lifetime.
Education
B.A. Assumption College
M.Ed. Harvard Graduate School of Education
M.S. Anna Maria College
Ed.D. University of Massachusetts
Areas of Interest / Study / Research
Study Skills, English Literature for ESL students, Vocabulary Development.
Publications
Kania, J. and Sperger, D. Building a Support System for English Language Learners at a Career College. Presented at the Symposium on Second Language Writing, November, 2014 at Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

Kania, J. (2005). Using Science logs to improve content area writing. Primer, Massachusetts Reading Association.

Devine,T.G. and Kania, J. (2003). Study skills: Strategies and systems. In J. Flood and D. Lapp (Eds.) Handbook of Research in Teaching the English Language Arts. (2nd Ed.) ( pp. 942-954). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Publishing Company.
Conference Presentations
Building Expert Learners at Goodwin College: UDL in Action by J. Kania and L. Wisniewski. Presented at CAST's 5th Annual Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. August 7th, 2019.

Universal Design for Learning: How Pedagogy can Shape Access in Higher Education by J.Kania and L. Wisniewski. Presented at the International Round Table Symposium at Oxford University, England, July 18-20, 2019.

Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education by J. Kania, A. Posey, and L. Nave. Presented at South by Southwest EDU, Austin Texas, March 5, 2019.

Student voices and experiences: The role of support in education by K.Goods, J.Kania and L. Wisniewski. Presented at the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE), Fall, 2018 Conference at Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA.

LaRocco, D.J., Dowd, P., Goods,K., Kania, J., Myers, K. & Sheehan, D. (2018, May). Transformational professional development in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Paper symposium accepted for presentation at the 50th Annual Meeting of the New England Educational Research Organization. Portsmouth, NH.

Reading Across the Academic Disciplines (RAAD), workshop on reading in the content areas. Workshop presented to Goodwin College faculty. Summer, 2018.

Initiatives to Increase Student Completion of Developmental Courses by A. Beauchement, N. Brewer, and J. Kania. Presented at the Learning Assistance Association of New England (LAANE), Fall, 2017 Conference at Rivier University, Nashua, New Hampshire.

Access for All: Assessing a Transitional Education Program by A. Beauchemin, K. Kalagher, and J. Kania. Presented at the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEEAN), Fall 2015 Forum. November 6, 2015 at Worcester, Massachusetts.

Aljoe, J., Beauchemin, A., Kallagher, K. and Kania, J. Access to All: Goodwin Achievement Program (GAP). Presented at the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE). National conference in Greenville, South Carolina, February, 2015.

Teaching Philosophy
All students can learn if given the opportunity and tools to succeed.