Dr. Elizabeth Morphis, Assistant Professor in the Childhood Education and Literacy Department, has launched a new podcast, "The Literacy Teacher's Life." The podcast's purpose is to support and provide guidance for new and continuing teachers so that they can design and implement literacy instruction that will inspire young readers and writers, and to inform parents of elementary-aged children.
"My students at Old Westbury gave me the idea of creating something useful for parents and newer teachers, which during the pandemic turned into the thought to do a podcast," said Dr. Morphis. "There are strong views about how kids learn to read, and how schools should be teaching kids. It's a lot to navigate, so I wanted to create something supportive for new teachers and parents on how to support their kids so that reading and writing is engaging, fun and enjoyable."
Some of the podcast's first episodes will feature interviews with educators and children's authors to give their insights on how to help children thrive with their reading and writing. The podcast will be available on the Literacy Teacher's Life website, and on major podcast apps such as Apple, Spotify and more.
In addition to being the Coordinator of the Literacy Education Graduate Program at SUNY Old Westbury, Dr. Morphis serves on the Board of the New York State English Council, which promotes and delivers exceptional professional development to educators in New York State. She earned an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Literacy and an Ed.M. in Education Leadership Studies from the Teachers College at Columbia University; a M.S. from Canisius College and a B.A. in French from the University of Rochester.