“My 1st graders pantomimed today to illustrate understanding of vocabulary. Pantomime pairs well with a current science unit about animals and the structures they use to defend themselves. They loved it. I’m so thankful I took the arts integration class!” As professors preparing teachers at Louisiana State University, emails like this one from a former undergraduate student are common since re-envisioning the required arts course to […]
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell
Margaret-Mary Sulentic Dowell, PhD, is Cecil “Pete” Taylor Endowed Professor of Literacy Leadership, and Urban Education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. She is Director of the LSU Writing Project and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership PhD program in the School of Education. Sulentic Dowell’s research agenda includes three strands focused on literacy in urban settings, specifically exploring ways to provide access to literature, writing, and the arts (arts integration) in urban environs, investigating the complexities of literacy leadership, and examining service-learning as a pedagogical pathway to preparing pre-service teachers to teach literacy in urban environments. Sulentic Dowell has published widely, and her most recent book is "The Literacy Leadership Guide for Elementary Principals: Reclaiming Teacher Autonomy and Joy" (2019) by Roman & Littlefield.