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Janine DarraghJanine Darragh

Adjunct Faculty
Secondary Coordinator, Master in Teaching Program

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4255
Fax: 509.777.None listed
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Ph.D. Washington State University
M.Ed., B.A. Ohio University

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Sociocultural issues in adolescent literacy; young adult and children's literature; content area literacy; digital literacy

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Publications include: co-wrote "Depictions and gaps: Portrayal of U.S. poverty in realistic fiction children's picture books," in Reading Horizons (2011); co-wrote "Using children's and young adult literature to teach pre-service special education teachers about autism," in The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas for Middle and High School Teachers (2010); co-wrote "Wiki Use in the 21st century literacy classroom: A framework for evaluation," in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (2010); co-wrote "Comparing the reading demands of narrative, expository, and popular press texts," in the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Yearbook (2010); "Why just harlots and 'ho's?: Finding time to put the "sisterhood" into the English classroom," in Washington English Journal (2008).

Presentations include: Presented "Including All Students: Selecting and Incorporating Young Adult Literature that Portrays People with Disablities into the English Classroom," at the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Conference, in Philadelphia (2009); presented "Blogs and Wikis: Building Literacy Communities in a 2.0 World," at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers annual meeting, in Charlotte, N.C. (2009); presented "Shedding Light on the Dark Side: Promoting Student Literacy Engagement in a Web 2.0 World" at the Washington Organization for Reading Development Regional Conference, in Spokane (2009); presented "Using Young Adult Literature to Teach Pre-Service Special Education Teachers about Autism" at the Council for Exceptional Children's National Conference, Seattle (2009); presented "Nothing to Lose: Using Picture Books about Poverty with Secondary Students," at the National Council of Teachers of English annual conference, in San Antonio (2008).

Received the President's Award for Student Excellence from Washington State University (2009); honorable mention for the Harriett B. Rigas Award for doctoral students; received the Salute to Excellence Outstanding Teacher Award from the Granville Exempted Village School District (2003-2005); received the F.B. Walter Outstanding Educator Award from the Ohio Education Association (2003). 

Member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, the Washington Organization for Reading Development, and the Council for Exceptional Children.