Amy Masko

Department of English
English Education

227 Lake Huron Hall
(616) 331-2416
[email protected]

Amy Masko

ENG 100 Reading for College in All Majors
ENG 201 Foundations of Literacy Instruction
ENG 301 Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom
ENG 307 Teaching Writing: Elementary
ENG 308 Teaching Reading: The Necessary Skills
ENG 334 Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults
ENG 400 Critical Issues in K-12 Literacy
ENG 401 Languages, Literacies and Cultures
ENG 495 Literature and Language Capstone
PCK 495 Integrated Discipline-Based Research in the PK-6 Classrooms (Capstone)
Study Abroad to Ghana

Research Interests

Urban education
Intersection of race, poverty, and schooling
Comparative International Education
Raciolinguistics in the schooling
Contribution of English Language Arts in STEM Education
Out-of-School Learning

Recent Publications

Masko, A. L. (2018). “Keep it real & love ‘em up”: Student-teacher relationships in an urban middle school. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 20, 1 & 2, 35-51. Awarded the Francis P. Hunkins Distinguished Article Award.

Masko, A. L. & Bloem, P. (2017). Teaching for equity in the milieu of white fragility: Can children’s literature build empathy and break down resistance? Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 19, 55-67.

Masko, A. L. (2017; 2022). Black here, oburuni there: Differentials in race and privilege in the United States and West Africa. In Leavy, P. (Ed.) Privilege through the looking glass. Sense Publishers.

Masko, A. L. & Bosiwah, L. (2016). Cultural congruence & unbalanced power between home and school in rural Ghana and the impact on school children. Comparative Education, 52, 4, 538-555.

Masko, A. L. (2015). Collision course: Postmodern progressive composition pedagogy and positivist traditional assessment. In Flynn, J. & Zemach-Tenem, M. (Eds.) Rubric nation: A reader on the history, utility, and impact of rubrics on teacher education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Masko, A. L. (2014). Racism and mental health: Are schools a hostile learning environment for students of color? Language Arts Journal of Michigan, 30, 1, 66-68.

Masko, A. L. & Otu, N. (April  September 2012). The Asafo of Ghana: A life history of an Asafo flag dancer: An ethnographic photography exhibit. Red Wall Gallery, Grand Valley State University. Research Exhibition.

Masko, A. L. & Bosiwah, L. (2012). Teacher Accountability & Student Responsibility: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of American & Ghanaian Schooling Practices, Policies and a Reflection on NCLB. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, (in press). Awarded the Francis P. Hunkins Distinguished Article Award.

Masko, A. L. & Bosiwah, L. (2010). Dancing our past in pieces: The role of culture groups in cultural preservation of drumming and dancing in Ghana. (with Korye Dance Theatre). Research with Musical Exhibit presented at US Fulbright Alumni Lecture Series, University of Ghana-Legon, Accra, Ghana, September 2010. Research Exhibition.

Masko, A.L. Resistance at city middle school: Critical race theorizing in educational research. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 10, 177-192.

Masko, A. L. (2007). Education. In Bowman, V. (Ed.). Scholarly resources for children and childhood studies: A research guide and annotated. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Masko, A. (2005)."I think about it all the time": A 12-year-old-girl's internal crisis with racism and its effects on her mental health. The Urban Review, 37, 329-350.

Masko, A. (2005). Urban children's experiences and teacher pedagogical practices: When it's about race, do adults care? Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 7, 175-194.

B.S., Eastern Michigan University
M.Ed., Lesley University
Ph.D., University of Denver

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