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Capital Area Writing Project
Director (with M. Napoli)
Xenia Hadjioannou is associate professor of Language and Literacy Education at the Harrisburg campus of Penn State University.
A former elementary school teacher, Dr. Hadjioannou holds a Bachelor in the Sciences of Education from the University of Cyprus; a Master of Education from the University of Florida; and a Ph.D. in Instruction and Curriculum (specialization: Language Arts/Literacy) also from the University of Florida. She is currently an Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education at Penn State University’s Harrisburg campus.
In her teaching, Dr. Hadjioannou works with preservice and inservice teachers through a variety of courses on language and literacy methodology. Dr. Hadjioannou’s research is theoretically informed by social constructivist theories and by Bakhtin’s notion of dialogism. Her work focuses on literacy methodology through the study of classroom discourse and the analysis of exemplary practices in the language arts classroom; the preparation of teachers to effectively work with diverse students, including emergent bilinguals; and children’s literature as both a product and a driver of our literacies.
Dr. Hadjioannou’s work has appeared in various scholarly journals such as the American Educational Research Journal, the Early Education and Development Journal, Current Issues in Language Planning, Classroom Discourse and Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. She has also contributed children's book reviews to the Dragon Lode. In 2019, she co-authored Translanguaging for Emergent Bilinguals with D. Fu and X. Zhou (published by Teachers College Press) and her guest edited issue on Translanguaging Practice in Diverse Contexts (with D. Fu) for Applied Linguistics Review is set to be published in 2021. She has served as proposal co-author and administrative team member for two hybrid professional development programs funded by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA – U.S. Department of Education): (a) the Modular Design for English Language Learner (MODELL) Instruction Program (total award: 1.3 million dollars) and (b) and Collaborative Teaching for English Language Learners (CTELL) (total award: 1.6 million dollars).
Dr. Hadjioannou is currently vice president of the Children's Literature Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English and serves as co-editor of the CLA Blog. She is a founding member of the Biography Clearinghouse and an editorial board member of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy.