Assistant Professor of Literacy Education
Dr. Ebe 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 M.S. in Literacy Education, Birth – Grade 6 program. Her current courses include:
- EdLit 730: Language, Literacy, and Learning in School Contexts: Gr. 1-6
- EdLit 735: Instructional Approaches to Literacy: K through grade 6
- EdLit 738: Literacy Programs: Organization and Resources
She continues her work with teachers and administrators in the field through presentations and workshops on literacy development for English language learners. 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 English language learners and bilingual students, 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. She has co-authored a book on reading entitled Insight from the Eyes: The Science of Effective Reading Instruction (Heinemann). Dr. Ebe has also recently published a chapter on her research on bilingual fourth grade readers in the book entitled Scientific Realism in Studies of Reading (Laurence Erlbaum).