Associate Professor of Literacy Education
Dr. Ann E. Ebe is Coordinator of Bilingual Education and Associate Professor of Literacy Education in the Graduate School of Education at Hunter College. She began her work in education as a Spanish/ English bilingual elementary school teacher in California. She then served as a bilingual literacy specialist for K-3rd graders in Arizona while completing an M.A. in Bilingual and Multicultural education. While obtaining her doctorate in the department of Language Reading and Culture from the University of Arizona, Dr. Ebe continued her work in schools as an administrator for a K-12 border school. She then went on to spend four years in Hong Kong as the Associate Principal and Literacy Specialist for the Hong Kong International School where she worked with an international group of teachers and students. Upon returning to the United States, Dr. Ebe served as Assistant Professor in the Graduate College of Education of the University of Massachusetts Boston before coming to Hunter College.
Dr. Ebe teaches literacy theory and methods courses within the Bilingual Education Programs and in the M.S. in Literacy Education, Birth – Grade 6 program. She continues her work with teachers and administrators in the field through presentations and workshops on literacy development for emergent bilingual learners (EBLs). Most recently this work has been through the CUNY- New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals which focuses on building multilingual ecologies in schools and using students’ home languages as a resource. She also provides professional development on literacy development, with a focus on emergent bilingual students, to teachers through READ East Harlem. In addition to her work with teachers in the United States, she continues to work with international schools on implementing effective instruction for bilingual students. Most recently she has worked with schools in Kuala Lumpur, Norway, Singapore and China.
Dr. Ebe’s current research interests involve the reading process of emergent bilingual and bilingual students, translanguaging, using assessment to inform instruction, and the selection of culturally relevant texts. She has presented her research nationally at IRA, NCTE, NABE and TESOL as well as at the IRA World Congress in Scotland, EARCOS in Vietnam, NESA in Thailand and ECIS in The Netherlands. Her book on the teaching of reading is entitled Insight from the Eyes: The Science of Effective Reading Instruction (Heinemann). She is also the co-author of the Rigby professional development seminar STEEL: Strategic Teaching Essentials for English Learners.