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Renee Cherow-O'Leary Collection
Assistant Professor of English Education
B.A. in English and Philosophy, Barnard College; M.A.T. in English and Education, University of Chicago;
Ph.D., Culture and Communications (Media Ecology), New York University.
Pedagogy and theory in the teaching of language, reading, writing, literature, performing arts and media; Media literacy and social impact of mass media/popular culture, especially in the lives of children and adolescents; Creating educational media for children, parents and teachers; Epistemology, interdisciplinarity and curriculum development for the 21st Century; Peace education, human rights education and transformative learning.
Dr. Renee Cherow-O'Leary joined the Teachers College faculty in 2003 after a career of teaching at several major universities including Rutgers, City College of New York and NYU. She was also a high school teacher of English at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois and at the University of Chicago Lab School. Her professional work in teaching is joined with her strong research and professional interests in the field of media and public policy, with a particular focus on the social impact of media and popular culture in the lives of children and adolescents and the role of media literacy in helping teachers, parents and young people to deconstruct meaning from and understand the effects of media and popular culture. She is an invited member of the Media Commission of the National Council of the Teachers of English and member of many organizations examining the role of media in education at this critical time.
Dr. Cherow-O'Leary has worked with many media organizations including The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences where she was the National Coordinator of "Creating Critical Viewers," a media literacy program that worked on educational initiatives with teachers and broadcasters in cities across America. She was research director for many years in the Magazine Group at the Children's Television Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street. She has developed curriculum for Newsweek, Time, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel and for the Newspapers in Education program of The New York Times, and speaks before many academic and professional groups on the ways new media create new meanings and new educational opportunities.
At Teachers College, Dr. Cherow-O'Leary is a member of the faculty Interdisciplinary Committee and on the Advisory Board of the Peace Education program in addition to her teaching and research in the English Education Program.
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