Kari-Lynn Winters

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Kari-Lynn Winters
Born 1969
Occupation Author, university professor
Genre Children's literature

Kari Winters, née Moore (born 1969) is a Canadian children's author and literacy researcher. She taught children's literature and drama at the University of British Columbia[1] from 2004 to 2009. In 2010 Winters assumed the post of Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University (Ontario) and co-editor of Teaching and Learning.[2] She advanced to the position of Associate Professor in 2014.

Biography[edit]

Born in St. Thomas, Ontario, Winters has studied or taught in schools across North America. Her master's thesis "Developing an Arts-Integrated Narrative Reading Comprehension Program for Less Proficient Grade 3 and 4 Students," on exploring the efficacy of using the arts to strengthen less proficient students' reading comprehension, was selected as best Master's Thesis in Literacy in Canada, 2005.[3] Winters completed her PhD in 2009 with a dissertation entitled "Authorship as Assemblage: Multimodal Literacies of Play, Literature, and Drama."[4] She holds a teaching degree from the University of Toronto, in regular and special education for children ages 3–13. She is also a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, where she earned a certificate in technical theatre.[5] Her dramatic work included writing scripts for and performing with Vancouver's theatre-for-literacy troupe Tickle Trunk Players.[6]

Winters has published award-winning children's books,[7][8] children's non-fiction articles, and academic articles, and has herself won multiple Excellence in Teaching awards[9] and won the St. Catharines Arts Awards 2016 "Emerging Artist Award".[10][11]

She says she didn't always consider herself a writer; many of her elementary school years were spent either resisting composition or struggling to write.[12] Her current work explores how she came to appreciate storytelling and children's literature and eventually became a writer herself, and ways to effect a similar transformation in her students.[13] Winters has been featured in radio and newspaper interviews[14] and her academic work has been cited by other literacy researchers.[15][16][17]

From 2010-2012 Winters expanded her work to educational activism, from organizing an annual "Arts Matters" educational conference[18] to raising funds for girls' education in Africa. Proceeds from her book Gift Days are being used to support the charity Because I am a Girl, a movement to "unleash" the power of girls and women in the developing world through education and women’s rights;[19] at its book launch in November 2012, enough money was raised to send 10 girls to school in Uganda for a year.[20] By 2016 she had twenty-six books published or press, and was nominated for the St. Catharines Arts Awards in the “Emerging Artist" category.[21]

Books[edit]

Anthology contributions[edit]

  • "Rumors," in Stephen Rogers (ed.), My First Year in the Classroom: 50 Stories That Celebrate the Good, the Bad, and the Most Unforgettable Moments (Cincinnati: Adams Media, 2009)
  • "Rhyme or Reason," ill. by S. Ritchie, in World of Stories (Gumboot Books, 2008)

POETRY

  • "A Scientist Lives in Our Kitchen." Know Magazine, 9 (May/June, 2007), p. 18.

Journal articles (selected)[edit]

  • Winters, K. et al. (2017). "A Reason to Respond: Finding Agency Through the Arts." International Journal of Education & the Arts 18:25.[22]
  • Winters, Kari-Lynn, Griffin, S. (2014). "Singing is a Celebration of Language: Using Music to Enhance Young Children’s Vocabularies." Language and Literacy, 16(3), 78-91.[23]
  • Wager, A. & Winters, K. (2012). "Expanding Educators’ Awareness of Youth Homelessness through Critical Dramatic Inquiry." In Teaching and Learning 7(3).
  • Winters, K. et al. (2010). “From image to ideology: analysing shifting identity positions of marginalized youth across the cultural sites of video production” In Pedagogies: An International Journal, 5(4), 298–312. This article was later selected among Pedagogies 10th anniversary "Top Articles."[24]
  • Winters, K. (2010). “Quilts of authorship: A literature review of multimodal assemblage in the field of literacy education.” In Canadian Journal for New Scholars in Education, 3(1).
  • Winters, Kari-Lynn, Belliveau, George, & Sherritt-Fleming, Lori. (Spring, 2009). "Shifting identities, literacy, and a/r/t/ography: Exploring an educational theatre company." Language and Literacy, 11(1).[25]
  • Rogers, Theresa, Winters, Kari-Lynn, Bryan, G., Price, J., McCormick, F., House, L., Mezzarobba, D., & Sinclaire, C. (March, 2009). "Developing the IRIS: Toward Situated and Valid Assessment Measures in Collaborative Professional Development and School Reform in Literacy." The Reading Teacher, 59(6), 544–553.[26]
  • Winters, K. "Letting Arnold Lobel Pack My Luggage". (Spring 2006) The Dragon Lode: Journal of the Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, International Reading Association, 24(2) 46–50.

Children's non-fiction articles (selected)[edit]

  • "Honey, I Shrunk My Liver." Know Magazine, 6 (Nov/Dec 2006), p. 4.
  • "Monkeying Around with Perfume." Know Magazine, 9 (May/June, 2007), p. 3.
  • "Measure Me A Measurement." Know Magazine, 11 (September/October, 2007), p. 18.
  • "Colorful Mistakes." Fandangle Magazine for Children, (September, 2007).

Children's fiction articles (selected)[edit]

  • "Jeffrey's Wor(l)ds Meet Sloth," illustrated by Oana Capota. Chameleon Magazine, 2:1, 24-28 (2004).
  • "Esper's Dream," illustrated by Tami Thirlwell. Chameleon Magazine, 3:1, 24-28 (2006).
  • "Extreme Rollers." ChickaDEE Magazine, (January, 2008)
  • "The Mightiest of All." Know Magazine, ( January, 2008)

Academic Books[edit]

  • Winters, K. (2010). Beyond Words: Using the Arts to Enhance Early Reading Comprehension. Birmingham, AL: Look Again Press. Available online.
  • Rogers, T., Winters, K., et al. (2014). Youth, Critical Literacies, and Civic Engagement: Arts, Media, and Literacy in the Lives of Adolescents. New York: Routledge.[27]

Academic book articles (selected)[edit]

  • Winters, K. Rogers, T., Schofield, A (2006). "The Antigone Project: Exploring the Imaginative, Active, and Social Dimensions of Drama, Print Literacy, and Media." In Crumpler T., Schneider, J., and Rogers, T. (eds.). Process Drama: an Educational Tool for Developing Multiple Literacies. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Winters, K. and Rogers, T. (2010). "Textual Play, Satire, and Counter Discourses of Street Youth Zining Practices." In Alvermann, D. (ed.) Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture (New Literacies and Digital Epistemologies), pp. 91–108. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Conference papers cited in third-party publications[edit]

  • Rogers, T. and Winters, K. (2008). "Within 14 blocks: Zining with street youth in the YouthCLAIM project." Presented at the National Reading Conference. Orlando, FL.[15][28]
  • Rogers, T., Winters, K., Perry, M., & LaMonde, A. (2009). "The YouthCLAIM project: Researching critical literacies and arts-integrated media production among youth in classroom and community sites." Presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association. San Diego, CA.[29][30]

Education[edit]

  • 1992: Honours Bachelor of Arts, Theatre, Brock University, St. Catharines Ontario
  • 1994: Theatre Technician Certificate, National Theatre School, Montreal
  • 1998: Diploma in Child Study (Master's equivalent), Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)
  • 1998: Ontario Certificate of Qualification (Primary/Junior)
  • 2004: Master of Arts, Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
  • 2009: Doctor of Philosophy, Language and Literacy Education, UBC

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia
  2. ^ "Teaching and Learning journal". Brock University. 2011. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  3. ^ http://www.csse.ca/CACS/LLRC/awards.htm
  4. ^ Authorship as Assemblage dissertation online
  5. ^ Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers
  6. ^ Tickle Trunk Players
  7. ^ Jeffrey and Sloth awards
  8. ^ Academic/literary awards
  9. ^ Brock University Faculty announces awards for Excellence in Teaching and Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, North Carolina Public Schools
  10. ^ Cheevers, Melinda (June 2, 2016). "Shining a light on St. Catharines’s emerging artists: Arts Awards coming June 4". Niagara This Week. Retrieved 2016-06-04. 
  11. ^ Fraser, Don (June 5, 2016). "St. Catharines Arts Awards recipients announced". St. Catharines Standard. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  12. ^ Patrick Brennan. "Weakness Turns to Strength." St. Thomas Times Journal, June 30, 2007
  13. ^ Kitchen, Julian (November 2012). "The Gift of Education". Brock Education Journal 22:1. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  14. ^ Interviews and press releases
  15. ^ a b Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture, pp. 106, 207
  16. ^ "Pre-censorship of children’s books: Curtailing the freedom of speech and expression of Canadian authors and illustrators" presented at 31st International Board on Books for Young People Congress, Copenhagen 2008
  17. ^ Select third-party academic citations
  18. ^ "Arts Matter promotes art in the classroom". Brock News. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  19. ^ becauseiamagirl.ca
  20. ^ "Education prof launches new children’s book, helps a cause". Brock News. Retrieved 2012-12-27. 
  21. ^ "City of St. Catharines Arts Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  22. ^ "A Reason to Respond: Finding Agency Through the Arts" in International Journal of Education & the Arts
  23. ^ "Singing is a Celebration of Language" in Language and Literacy online
  24. ^ Pedagogies "10th Anniversary Top Articles"
  25. ^ "Shifting Literacies" in Language and Literacy online
  26. ^ "Developing the IRIS" in The Reading Teacher online
  27. ^ Publisher page: Routledge Tayler & Francis
  28. ^ YouthCLAIM website
  29. ^ Adolescents' Online Literacies: Connecting Classrooms, Digital Media, and Popular Culture, p. 106
  30. ^ YouthCLAIM at UBC