Dr. Rhoda Frumkin

Associate Professor, Education Department

B.A. State University of New York – Stony Brook – Sociology/Education
M.A. New York University – Educational Psychology/Special Education
M.S.  City University of New York – Brooklyn College, Elementary Education – Special Curriculum in Reading
Sixth Year Professional Certificate  City University of New York – College of Staten Island,  Educational Supervision and Administration
Ed.D. Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey – Graduate Program in Literacy

Contact and Office Hours

Office: Campus Hall 320
Office Hours (Spring 2013):  Monday 2:30 – 4:00, Tuesday 1:00 – 4:00, Wednesday 4:00-5:30, Friday by appointment

Courses Taught

ED 425: Theories in Language Acquisition and Literacy Development
ED 426: Language Acquisition and Literacy Development for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Children
ED 550A: Student Teaching: Inclusive/Childhood-Grades 1-3
ED 550B: Student Teaching: Inclusive/Childhood-Grades 4-6
ED 635: Advanced Studies in Literacy for the B-6 Inclusive Setting
ED 636: Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Teaching Students with Reading Difficulties
ED 636L: Practicum for Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Teaching Students with Reading Difficulties
ED 694: Practicum – Early Childhood Graduate B-2 program
ED 696: Practicum – Literacy Graduate B-6 program
ED 699: Thesis Seminar
PRP 101: Port Richmond Project - The College Experience

Academic, Teaching, and Professional Interests

My teaching centers on literacy learning on the undergraduate and graduate levels through a theory-to-practice approach.  I provide teacher candidates with both a current research base in best practices and the related instructional strategies needed for teaching diverse populations in elementary and middle schools.  I highlight collaboration for learning and teaching, and encourage the development of teacher candidates’ abilities to provide and benefit from collegial feedback and support while emphasizing the use of critical reflection focused on diverse service-learning opportunities.  My scholarly interests include cross-discipline literacy learning and the use of collaborative techniques and tools to facilitate interactive collegial dialogue about classroom practices.

Selected Presentations, Grants, and Publications


Gonzalez, K., Frumkin, R., & Mongomery, J.  (forthcoming). Self-Inquiry and Group Dynamics: A multidisciplinary framework to develop and measure critical thinking. In L. Shedletsky & J. Beaudry (Eds.), Cases on teaching critical thinking through visual representation strategies. Continuum Publications.

Gonzalez, K., Frumkin, R., & Lauria, J. (September, 2012) Study groups and service learning: A framework for discussion for pre-service teachers. In T. Murphy & J. Tan (Eds.), Service learning and educating in challenging contexts: International perspectives. London, England: Continuum Publishers.

Frumkin, R. (2010). “Vocabulary Plus: Comprehensive vocabulary instruction for English learners. Language and Literacy Spectrum, 20, 53-69.

Frumkin, Rhoda, Baver, Michael, & Mustakas, Christopher (2009). Advancing cultural understanding through a “Celebrate Diversity!” event: Perspectives from three voices. Multicultural Education, 16(4), 39-46.

International Conferences

Frumkin, R., Gonzalez,K. (2011, September). Service Learning and Multiple Perspectives: The Use of a Framework for Discussion to Enhance Collaboration and Critical Thinking, Fourth International Symposium on Service Learning, Ningbo, China.

Gonzalez, K., Frumkin, R, & Lauria, J. (2011, March). Collaborative Learning: A Framework for Discussion. Presentation at INTED2011, the International Technology, Education and Development Conference in Valencia, Spain.

Lauria, J., Stuckart, D., Frumkin, R, & Guarasci, C. (2010, July). Fostering Online Collaboration to Enhance Learning: Multiple Perspectives on Practical Applications in Teacher Education. Presentation at EDULEARN10, the International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies in Barcelona, Spain.

Frumkin, R; Gonzalez-Acquaro, K.; Rosenberg, S. (2009, June). The Use of Study Circles as a Teaching Tool to Enhance Service Learning, Students' Civic Engagement, and Community Partnerships: A Collaborative Approach. Workshop presentation at Campus Engage Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Gonzalez-Acquaro, K.; Frumkin, R.; Rosenberg, S.; Dunn, R.; Pollack, L. (2009, July). Study Circles: An Opportunity for Dialogue for Increasing Knowledge about Diverse Cultures. Round Table Discussion at Improving University Teaching 34th Annual Conference-
Navigating Innovations in Teaching and Learning, Vancouver, Canada.

Frumkin, R; Gonzalez-Acquaro, K.; Rosenberg, S. (2009, November). Study Circles & Service-Learning: Lessons Learned.  Workshop presentation at 3rd International Symposium on Service- Learning in Athens, Greece.


Civic Engagement and Literacy Development in Staten Island: A Service-Learning Curriculum for Elementary and Middle Schools - Fox Family Fund for the Advancement of Civic Engagement Scholarship FF2010 - (co-writer)

Education Department Civic Innovations Grant 2007-2009

Written Conversations for Improving Writing of English Learners - Fox Family Fund for the Advancement of Civic Engagement Scholarship Grant – FF2007

Study Circles – An Opportunity for Dialogue for Increasing Knowledge about Diverse Cultures - Fox Family Fund for the Advancement of Civic Engagement Scholarship Grant – FF2008 – (co-writer)

Staten Island Foundation 2008-9 – Funding awarded to New York Center for Interpersonal Development to support Celebrate Diversity! event and ongoing college-community diversity activities (co-writer)

Selected Awards, Honors, and Service

    • Chair – Academic Review Committee 2012-2013
    • Martini Fellow 2010 - 2011
    • Graduate Professor of the Year 2009
    • Diversity Action Council Faculty Award  2008
    • Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) – National Leadership Honor Society
    • Ellis Brown Memorial Award 2007 – Community Builder of the Year 2007 – New York Center for Interpersonal Development and the Staten Island Community
    • Executive Board – Staten Island Reading Association
    • Faculty advisor for yearly Wagner College Literacy Carnival
    • Executive Committee – Celebrate Diversity! (with New York Center for Interpersonal Development) and Co-chair – Celebrate Diversity! event! 2007, 2008
    • Create college-community partnerships focusing on strengthening literacy learning for elementary and middle school students while providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to apply literacy knowledge and skills for reading and writing instruction
    • Facilitate student participation in literacy-based community events (Read for the Record, Family Literacy Day, Literacy Symposium)