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Mary Blake Jones

Professor

Address: 86 Wentworth Street, #321
Office Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: noon-1pm in ECTR 216. Mondays and Wednesdays in office: 2pm-3pm. Other hours by appointment.
Phone: 843.953.8042
E-mail: blakem@cofc.edu


My career at the College of Charleston started in 1982--Since then I have taught a myriad of courses related to language and literacy development.  I also have done research in a variety of literacy related areas. My current interests involve storytelling and teacher knowledge of literacy.

 

In my spare time--if I have any, I enjoy swimming, gardening, and playing with my cats--Sweet Pea and Toto.


Education

Ph.D.-University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1982. Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Reading in the content areas was the special area of emphasis during my course work. My dissertation researched the relationship between cognitive style and reading comprehension. Analysis of data involved extensive use of CMS  and the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).

M.S.-Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT, 1975.  Counseling Psychology. Connecticut State Certification in counseling.

B.A.-St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT, 1971. Child Study - General Honors. Connecticut Elementary School Certification.


Research Interests

  • Personal Storytelling
  • Assessment of Teacher Knowledge
  • Impact of Dialect on Language Use

Courses Taught

EDEE 325 --Language and Literacy Development

EDEE 640-- The Development of Language and Literacy 

EDEE 457--Clinical Internship on the Undergraduate Level


Honors and Awards

2000 - 2011

Superior Rating on 2008-2009 Post tenure Review.

Featured in the Fall 2007 School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Connections--Mary Blake Jones: Advancing Literacies.

Honored by WWII Veterans for hosting their annual reunion at the Beaufort, SC. MCAS, October 2005.

Superior Rating on 2003 Post Tenure Review.

College of Charleston Student Employer of the Year Nominee.

Promoted to Vice-chairperson of the Trident Literacy Association's Board of Directors, 2001-2001.

Honored by the Safe Haven Program, Charleston, SC, 2001.

Honored by SC-ASCD for work on the John's Island Project, 2000.


Publications

Publications

Blake Jones, M., E. (2011) Poetry. Chapter 4 in Sharing the journey: Literature for young children.Scottsdale, AZ:Holcombe Hathaway.

Fitzharris, L., Blake Jones, M., & Crawford, A. (2008). Teacher knowledge matters in supporting young readers.The Reading Teacher, 61(5), 384-394.

Fitzharris, L., & Blake Jones, M. (2008). Teacher knowledge matters in supporting young readers. Hawaii International Conference Proceedings.

Fitzharris, L., & Blake Jones, M. (2008). Evaluating changes in teachers’ literacy knowledge: One more factor toconsider in successful staff development. Hawaii International Conference Proceedings.

Blake Jones, M., Fitzharris, L., & Crawford, A. (Winter 2007). Evaluating a school staff’s literacy knowledge todifferentiate further training: One prong of a successful site-based program. Reading Matters 8, 3-9.

Blake Jones, M. (Winter 2007). Safe Haven: A Literacy story that accentuates the positive. Reading Matters 8, 15-21.

Blake, M., & Van Sickle, M. (2004). Helping linguistically diverse students share what they know. A chapter in Preparing reading professionals: A collection from the International Reading Association. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Blake, M., Stout, L., & Willett, C. (2004). Personal narratives: A tale of three stories. New England Journal of Reading 40 (1), 54-61. 

Aina, O., Van Sickle, M., & Blake, M (2002, July). A case study of South Carolina Sea Island language: What happens when a Creole language doesn’t mix with standard school language? Journal of Interdisciplinary Education, 5 (1), 175-195.

Van Sickle, M., Aina, O., & Blake, M., (2002). A case study of the sociopolitical dilemmas of Gullah speaking students: Educational policies and practices. Journal of Language, Culture, and Curriculum, 15 (1), 75-88.

Blake, M., & Nabors, M. (2001). Food and books for young children: What a delicious connection. The Journal of Early Education and Family Review, 8(5), 29-37.

Blake, M., & Van Sickle, M. (2001). Helping linguistically diverse students share what they know. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 44(5), 468-475.

Blake, M.E., & Breedlove, W.G. (2000). Internationalism in Danish children’s literature. A chapter in Developing Reading-Writing Connections: Strategies from The Reading Teacher. Raisinski, T.V. and others. (eds.). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Blake, M. E., & Majors, P. (2000). Recycled words: Holistic instruction for LEP students. A chapter in Struggling    Adolescent Readers. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

Blake, M. & Bartel, V. (1999). Storytelling in the Elementary classroom: Personal narratives and pre-service teachers. The New England Reading Association Journal, 35 (2), 3-6.

Bartel, V., Blake, M., Bower, K., Orth, L., & Van Sickle, M. (1997). Preparing teachers for culturally diverse schools: A true story. Multicultural Education, 4(4), 24-28.

Blake, M. & Van Sickle, M. (1997). Language diversity and the at-risk student. Center of Excellence in Accelerating Learning: Research and Development Brief.

Blake, M. E. & Majors, P. (1995). Recycled words: Whole language making a difference for LEP students. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 39(2), 132-137.

Blake, M. E., & Breedlove, W. G. (1993). Internationalism in Danish Children's Literature. The Reading Teacher, 47(3), 271-272.

Blake, M. E. (1992). A view from higher education. Forum. Columbia, SC:  South Carolina College Reading Association.

Blake, M. E. (1990). Teaching reading in Denmark: A variety of Approaches. Charleston IRA Newsletter.

Blake, M. E., & Matthews, C. E. (1990). Children's literature in the reading program -- what we know and what we can do about it. In Contemporary Trends in Children's and Young Adult's Literature. Edited by W. G. Breedlove. Published by SCIRA.

Blake, M. E., & Snyder, J. F. (1988). Occupational literacy: Completing the communication cycle in the workplace. The New England Reading Association Journal, 24(1), 14-18.

Blake, M. E., Matthews, C. E., Meyer, W., & Shortino, J. (1987). A team approach to reading instruction. The New England Reading Association Journal, 22(1), 20-24.

Blake, M. E., & Snyder, J. F. (1986). Reading Comprehension:  An essential communication factor. Association for Business Communications-Southeastern Proceedings.

Blake, M. E. (1985). Reading instruction in a college special studies program. The New England Reading Association Journal, 20(2), 39-44.

Blake, M. E. (1985). The relationship between field dependence-independence and the comprehension of literacy and expository text types. Reading World, 24(4), 53-62.

Blake, M. E. (1984). Reading in Denmark: A relaxed attitude is the key. The Reading Teacher, 3(1), 42-47.  

This article was also chosen for inclusion in Language and Language Behavior Abstracts and Sociological Abstracts. Was reprinted in the Australian Journal for Remedial Education, 1989.

Blake, M. E., & Huard, S. D. (1984). Providing specific structures for the reading of literature. Reading - Writing Connections, pp.108-115.

Blake, M. E. (1979, September). Sustained silent reading revisited. Teacher, pp.90-96.

Books

Blake Jones, M. E., (2011). Chapter 3 – Poetry in Sharing the Journey Literature-- and the Young Child by David Yellin and Bev DeVries. Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers.

Yellin, D., Blake Jones, M. E., & DeVries, B. (2008). Integrating the language arts (4th Ed). Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers.

Yellin, D., Blake, M. E., & DeVries, B. (2004). Integrating the language arts (3rd Ed). Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers.

Yellin, D., Blake, M. E., & DeVries, B. (2000). Integrating the language arts (2nd Ed). Scottsdale, AZ: Holcomb Hathaway, Publishers.

Yellin, D., & Blake, M. E. (1994). Integrating the language arts: A holistic approach. New York: HarperCollins, Inc.

Conference Papers 2006 - 2011

"Personal Storytelling in Kindergarten," a presentation for the 56th Annual Convention of the International Reading Association, May 10, 2011 (Orlando, FL).

“The Role of Story in Promoting Early Literacy,”a presentation for the 24th SouthEast Regional Conference of the International Reading Association, November 30,2009 (New Orleans, LA). Proposal also accepted for the 35th SCIRA Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC.

“Using Rubrics to Evaluate Teachers’Literacy Knowledge: The Missing Link to Improving the Achievement of Students,” a presentation with Linda Fitzharris for the 34th SCIRA Conference, February 21, 2009 (Myrtle Beach, SC).

“Evaluating Changes in Teacher’s Literacy Knowledge: One More Factor to Consider in Successful Staff Development,” a presentation with Linda Fitzharris for the 6th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education, January 8, 2008 (Waikiki, Hawaii).

“Literacy Improvement: Evaluating Teachers’ Literacy Knowledge to Differentiate Future Staff Development,” a presentation with Allison Crawford and Linda Fitzharris for the 32th SCIRA Conference, February 16, 2007 (Myrtle Beach, SC).

“Literacy Improvement: Evaluating Teachers’ Literacy Knowledge to Differentiate Future Staff Development,” a presentation with Allison Crawford and Linda Fitzharris for the 25th Southeastern Regional Conference, October 16, 2006 (Mobile, Alabama).