Dr. Connie J. Armitage
- B.S.: Elementary Education, California University of Pennsylvania
- M.Ed.: Reading Specialist, Cal U
- Ed.D.: Language and Literacy, University of Pittsburgh
- Post-Doctorate: Administration and Supervision, University of Pittsburgh
Before joining the Cal U faculty, Dr. Armitage worked for about 10 years as a public school teacher in various school districts in New York and Pennsylvania. She then worked as a reading specialist for an additional three years before assuming a position in administration. She concluded her work in public school districts by serving for nine years as an elementary school principal.
As a faculty member, she supervises student teachers and teaches graduate courses in the reading specialist program, which she coordinates. She also coordinates the Summer Urban Field Experience, which takes place in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Dr. Armitage is active in professional organizations and currently serves as secretary to the Pennsylvania Teachers of Reading Educators, a subgroup of the Keystone State Reading Association. She is a member of the International Reading Association and its local branch, Keystone Corners, the National Council for Exceptional Children, and the National Association Early Childhood Educators.
She continues to study language and literacy. Her current research involves the improvement of comprehension in adolescent struggling readers. She and her colleagues have presented their research at professional conferences and have submitted articles to professional journals. She and her colleagues also continue to pursue grants to develop web-based reading support for content area reading.
- Student Teaching
- Foundations of Literacy - Theory and Instruction
- Diagnosis and Treatment of Reading Problems
- Urban Seminar
- McGinley, V., and Armitage, C. (2008). Teacher candidates' perceptions of professional changes in their lives as a result of participation in a cultural immersion program. In (Eds.) J. Bao, L. Vold, M. Tidwell (Eds.), Preparing urban teachers collaboratively in Philadelphia: Practices, research, and reflections. (pp. 82-91). El Cajon, CA: National Social Science Press.
- Diehl, H., Armitage, C., Nettles, D., and Peterson, C. (2009) The Three Phase Reading Comprehension Intervention (3- RCI) A Support for Intermediate-grade Word Callers. Article submitted for publication to Journal of Literacy Research.
- Reading comprehension
- Teacher Education
- Urban Education
Student Research Projects
- Dr. Armitage and several students presented an education seminar about the Philadelphia Urban Field Experience in January 2009.
- She and five students presented at the First Annual Urban Education Conference in Harrisburg, Pa., in March 2008.
- Department of Early, Middle and Special Education
- M.E. Reading Specialist
- Grad. Cert. Reading
"The best part of my job is interacting with students in the classroom. I remain a ‘teacher' at heart."