Faculty profile

Joanne O'Toole

Associate Chair
Associate Professor
Student Teaching Coordinator


Contact

218 Hewitt Hall
315.312.2634
315.312.5446
joanne.otoole@oswego.edu

Office hours

Spring 2018: By appointment
Fall 2018: Mondays, 2 - 3:30 p.m. and by appointment

Joanne O'Toole head shot

Joanne E. O'Toole, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction with a specialization in modern language education.  She teaches courses in adolescence modern language education, supervises student teachers in Central New York and overseas, and serves as departmental Student Teaching Coordinator.  She additionally provides support to candidates and faculty in the development of the edTPA.  She earned her Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Teaching and Curriculum, with concentrations in teacher education and linguistics. She has served in multiple leadership positions in language education, including that of President of the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT) and Director of the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (NECTFL). She is the current editor of the NYSAFLT Language Association Journal. Prior to her appointment at SUNY Oswego, she taught Spanish 7-12 in Central New York for 16 years.

Research

Research focuses on teacher education and development specific to (a) the preparation to teach languages and language learners, and (b) managing the complexities of learning to teach, including in U.S. and international contexts.

Publications

  • O’Toole, J. E. (2016). World language and literacy learning. In K. Munger (Ed.). Steps for success: Crossing the bridge between literacy research and practice. Geneseo, NY: Open SUNY Textbook.
  • Theoharis, G. & O’Toole, J. E. (2012). Assuring ELLs’ place in the learning community: Leadership for inclusive ESL. In A. Honigsfeld & M. Dove (Eds.) Co-teaching and other collaborative practices in the EFL/ESL classroom: Rationale, research, reflections, and recommendations (pp. 141-151). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • Theoharis, G. & O’Toole, J. E. (2011). Leading inclusive ELL: Toward a theory of social justice leadership for English language learners. Educational Administration Quarterly, 47(4), 646-688. DOI: 10.1177/0013161X11401616
  • Theoharis, G. & O’Toole, J. E. (2011). From periphery to the center: Promising practices for ELLs. Principal, (October/September). Retrieved from https://www.naesp.org/principal-septemberoctober-201-healthy-child/princ...
  • O’Toole, J. E. (2010). Language learning experiences as a source of personal practical knowledge of general Classroom teachers of English language learners. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

Conferences

  • Pairing Authentic Texts for Multiple Perspectives and Critical Thinking, NECTFL Conference, New York City - February 2018
  • The Power of Connections with Angela Cataldo and Anali Quesnay, LLL-LECNY Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY - February 2018
  • Shaping the Path for edTPA Success, edTPA National Implementation Conference, San José, CA - November 2017
  • Authentic Texts: How to Choose Them, How to Use Them, Second Language Educators Conference, SUNY Cortland, Cortland, NY - September 2017
  • Self-Assessment in the World Language Classroom with Carolyn Delles, LLL-LECNY Conference, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY - February 2017 
  • Framework for Literacy Development in the World Language Classroom, NYSED Conference on Developing Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Students, Albany, NY - November 2016
  • Literacy Development with Wordless Picture Books, ACTFL Conference, Boston MA - November 2016
  •  The Vision of Modern Languages for Communication, with B. Heller and C. Black, NYSAFLT Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY – October 2016
  • Graphic Organizers: Scaffolds to the Standards, NYSAFLT Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY - October 2016
  •  Crafts in Context, NYSAFLT Annual Conference, Syracuse, NY - October 2016
  •  Literacy Development in the World Language Classroom, NYSAFLT Summer Institute, SUNY Oneonta, Oneonta, NY - August 2016
  •  Strategies for Decreasing the Complexity of the edTPA Process, National edTPA Implementation Conference, Savannah, GA - March 2016
  •  Sensory Images: Tools for Making Meaning with Diana Pérez, LLL-LECNY Conference, Syracuse University - February 2016
  •  Understanding and Succeeding on the World Languages edTPA, in NYSAFLT Professional Webinars for Educators, 2015-16 Series - January 2016
  •  Genre Transformation: Integrated Communication and Literacy, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), San Diego, CA - November 2015
  •  The NYSAFLT Journal for Readers and Writers, NYSAFLT Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs - October 2015
  • The Meaningfulness Principle, Second Language Educators Conference, SUNY Cortland - September 2015
  •  Proficiency through Literacy, Panelist, NYSAFLT Colloquium, Syracuse - May 2015
  •  Setting a Course for Universal Proficiency, NYSAFLT Colloquium, Syracuse - May 2015
  • Gateway to Language and Culture: Virtual Field Trips, Co-presented with A. Oxenford and S. Reimer, SUPER-LECNY Conference, Syracuse University - February 2015
  •  Starting with the Text, in NYSAFLT Professional Webinars for Educators, 2014-15 Series - January 2015

Awards and honors

  • President's Award for Teaching Excellence, SUNY Oswego, 2015-16
  • CAPA-SUNY Oswego Faculty Development Seminar Scholarship to Shanghai, China, 2016 
  • Eta Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars, 2013 
  • Ruth E. Wasley Distinguished Teacher Award – Post-Secondary, New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers (NYSAFLT), 2011
  • Ferdinand DiBartolo NYS Distinguished Foreign Language Leadership Award, NYSAFLT, 2007 
  • Berj A. Harootunian Award for Dissertation Research, Syracuse University, 2009 
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2007 
  • Golden Key International Honour Society, 2007 
  • Dorothy Ludwig Memorial Award for Service to the Foreign Language Profession, NYSAFLT, 2003 
  • New Perspectives on the Cultural Transformation in the Spanish Caribbean, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2000 
  • Anthony J. Papalia Award for Second Language Research, NYSAFLT, 1992 
  • New York State Multicultural Education-Embassy of Spain Scholarship, 1992 

Education

Ph.D., Teaching and Curriculum, Syracuse University, 2010
MS, Education, State University of New York at Oswego, 1991
BA, Spanish Language and Literature, State University of New York at Binghamton, 1978

Classes taught

ADO 320/520 - Modern Language Methods
ADO 323/523 - Modern Language Methods Field Experience
ADO 420/421/595/596 - Modern Language Student Teaching Supervision
ADO 421 and CED 421 - International Student Teaching Supervision