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Colleen Lelli, EdD

Undergraduate PreK–4 w/Special Education Program Coordinator
Associate Professor, Education

Colleen Lelli, EdD, Associate Professor in the Educational Specialists Department, is very fortunate to have been provided the opportunity to work with children of all ages. She has worked with preschool children, high school students and was a behavioral therapist working with students with autism.

Lelli has provided multiple presentations locally, at the state level, national and international level. Her research, presentation, and publication interests include special education advocacy and support, pre-service and in-service teachers’ knowledge of domestic violence and their ability to support the learning of those who have witnessed trauma.

A passion of Lelli’s is to use children’s literature to advocate for children with special needs, such as, helping children of trauma gain and build resilience. Lelli uses children’s literature to teach pre-service teachers as well as young children.

Lelli earned a bachelor's degree from Cabrini College, a master’s degree from Arcadia University, and recently earned a doctorate degree from Widener University.

Her research interests are content-area reading, phonics, study skills, and bibliotherapy. She presented a paper, An Innovative Model of Special Education Teacher Training: A Collaboration between Cabrini College and Neighboring School Districts, at the Pennsylvania Council for Exceptional Children Conference in 2006.

Area of Expertise

Content-area reading, phonics, study skills, and bibliotherapy; math and reading learning disbilities; teaching strategies and resources for child victims of domestic violence

Publications

Refereed Publications:

  • Lelli, C. (manuscript). Perceptions, iPads and  Pre-Service Teachers: Using Apps for Teaching and Learning with Students with Disabilities.
  • Lelli, C. (manuscript). The Healing Power of Children’s Literature and the Common Core.
  • Lelli, C. & Trasatti, D. (under review). Helping Jordan Learn: A Story for Children Exposed to Trauma.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, July). 10 Strategies to Help the Traumatized Child in School. Kappa Delta Pi The Record,50, 114-118.
  • Lelli, C. (2012). Teaching all Children: Domestic Violence Awareness and Children’s Literature.
  • Pennsylvania Educational Leadership. 32, 38-50.

Book Reviews:

  • Lelli, C. Review of LaBarbera, R. (forthcoming). Educating Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Partnering with Families for Positive Outcomes. (1st ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.  
  • Lelli, C. Review of Haney, M. (forthcoming). Understanding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.(2nd  ed.).  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
  • Lelli, C. Review of Machado, J. (2016). Early Childhood Experiences in Language Arts: Early Literacy (11th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth and Cengage Publications.
  • Lelli, C. Review of Otto, B. (2014). Language Development of Early Childhood (4th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson Publications.

Presentations

Refereed Presentations:

  • Lelli, C. (proposal accepted) Providing Peace, Security and Stability for Child Victims of Domestic Violence. Proposed presentation for Association for Childhood Education International Global Summit on Childhood, San Jose, Costa Rica. March 31-April 3 2016.
  • Lelli, C.  (2015, October). Reaching and Teaching: Using Children’s Literature to Build Resiliency for Children of Trauma.  Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 28-30 2015.
  • Campbell, P., Lelli, C., Poole, C. (2015, October). Through the Gate to the Higher Ground: Helping Pre-service Teachers Pass the PAPA Exams. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 28-30 2015.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, October).  ThePower of Literature in Healing Traumatized Children. Presentation for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society Convocation 2015, Orlando, FL. October 22-24 2015.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, August). Engaging, Healing and Educating our Youngest Domestic Violence Victims. Division of International Special Education Services (DISES) of Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel and Palestine. August 2-6, 2015.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, July).  Using Children’s Literature to Help Traumatized Children Heal. Presentation at the International Literacy Association (ILA). St. Louis, MO. July 18, 2015.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Healing Children Who Hurt: Bibliotherapy for Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA). Penn State, PA. October 29,2014.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Children as Witness Manual: Domestic Violence Awareness Training for Educators. Round table presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 22-24, 2014.
  • Pierson, S. Gentile, A. Lelli, C. & Budzilowicz. (2014, October).  The Come Alive Classroom:  Implications and Applications of Universal Design for Learning for Teacher Educators. Presentation at the state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 22-24, 2014.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Practicing Peace at Home and School: Educational Strategies for Children Witnesses of Domestic Violence. Presentation at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA. October 16-18, 2014.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). ChildrenWitnesses of Domestic Violence and Learning Challenges. Poster session at  International Conference on Learning Disabilities. Philadelphia, PA October 2-3, 2014.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, April). Children as Witness: Educating Childhood Witnesses of Domestic Violence. Presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International: Global Summit on Childhood. Vancouver, Canada. April 10-13, 2014.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, March). Pre-Service Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of Digital Literacies and App Teaching and Learning. Presentation at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Educators, Indianapolis, IN. February 27-March 2, 2014.
  • Bryde, B., Lelli, C. ,  Dixon, S. & Small, M. (2013, October). Social Justice in Teacher Education: Cultivating Common Ground for the Common Good.  Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 23-25, 2013.
  • Pierson, S., Lelli, C., Budzilowicz, M., Paradise, E. & Scherer, L. (2013, October). Getting on the Same Page: Co-Creating Alternative Texts for Differentiated Instruction Using iPads. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 23-25, 2013.
  • Lelli, C. & Trasatti, D. (2013, May). Using Multimedia and Children’s Literature to Heal Children Who Witness Domestic Violence. Presentation at Bloomsburg University Literacy and Learning Conference. May 24, 2013.
  • Pierson, S. Lelli, C., & Budzilowicz, M. (February, 2013). Engagement, Innovation and iPads.  Poster session at Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference, Hershey, PA. February 9, 2013.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, November). Teaching ALL Children: Domestic Violence Awareness Curriculum for Educators. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Hershey, PA. November 19-21, 2012.
  • Pierson, S. Lelli, C., Budzilowicz, M., St. Pierre, S. & Lebedynsky-Pencak, K. (2012, October). Step Up Your Teaching and Learning with iPads! Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-26, 2012.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, October). Speak Out Against Domestic Violence: Implementation of Domestic Violence Awareness Education for Educators. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-26, 2012.
  • Lelli, C. (2011, November). Domestic Violence Education for Pre-Service and Practicing Professionals. Presented at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Pittsburgh, PA. November 7-9, 2011.
  • Lelli, C. (2009, July). An Innovative Model of Special Education Teacher Training: The Collaborative Laboratory School. Approved to present at the International Association of Special Education (IASE) in Alicante, Spain.
  • Lelli, C., Poole, C., & Rivera, A. (2008, March). Outreach Programs, Urban Seminar and Cabrini College. Presented at A Kaliedoscope of Urban Education: Development, Collaboration, Conference and Reflection, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Lelli, C. Poole, C. & Bryde, B. (2008, October). Integrating Chapter 49.2 Guidelines for English Language Learners (ELL) into the Liberal Arts Curriculum and Education Field Experience. Presented at the state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators, Hershey, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2008, October). Using Effective Graphic Organizers for Comprehension of Content Area Text. Presented at the Keystone State Reading Association, Valley Forge, PA.
  • Matilsky, P. & Lelli, C. (2006, November). An Innovative Model of Special Education Teacher Training: A Collaboration between Cabrini College and Neighboring School Districts. Presented at the Pennsylvania Council of Exceptional Children Conference, Hershey, PA.

Invited Presentations:

  • Lelli, C.  (2015,August). Educational Strategies for Children of Trauma. Presentation at Faculty Development for Southeast Delco School District Faculty, Folcroft, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, May). How to Differentiate Instruction for Secondary Students. Presentation at Faculty Development In-Service Day at Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, February). What’s in Assessment? Presentation at Faculty Development In-Service Day at Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, February).  How Can I Teach this Child? Practical Strategies to Use in the Classroom for Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at Student Teaching Seminar at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October).  How Can I Teach this Child? Practical Strategies to Use in the Classroom for Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at Student Teaching Seminar at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Healing Children Who Hurt: Strategies for the Youngest Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at Educators on Campus at Cabrini College, Radnor PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, April). Teaching Children Who Hurt: Children of Domestic Violence in the Classroom. Presentation at the Bryn Mawr College and Laurel House Symposium. Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • Lelli, C. & St. Pierre, S. (2013, March). Educating the Exceptional Learner: Understanding the Academic Needs of College Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. Presentation at SEPCHE Student Conference - Valuing and Embracing Diversity: Differing Abilities Create An Inclusive and Dynamic College Experience, Chestnut Hill College, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, October). Implementation of Domestic Violence Education for Educators.  Presentation for the Norristown Area School District Faculty Development. Norristown, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, April). Just Get Me Through the Day: The Traumatized Child at School. Presentation for the Norristown Area School District Faculty Development. Norristown, PA.
  • Lelli, C. & Groves, L. (2012, March). Just Get Me Through the Day: The Traumatized Child at School. Presentation at the Bryn Mawr College and Laurel House Symposium. Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, October). Developmental Continuum of Age-Appropriate Domestic Violence Education. Presentation at the Cabrini College Domestic Violence Education Symposium, Domestic Violence Linking Campus with Community: Domestic Violence Education Partnerships in Action. Radnor, PA.
  • Lelli, C., Groves, L. & Persichetti, A.  (2010, December). Fostering Partnerships for Justice: Domestic Violence Education for Pre-Service and Practicing Professionals. Presentation for Cabrini College Faculty Development. Radnor, PA.  
  • Lelli, C. (2009, August). Teaching Preschool Students with Diverse Needs. Presentation for Faculty Development at the Cabrini College Children’s School, Wayne, PA.
  • Bryde, B. & Lelli, C. (2008, December). Bullying on Campus: Interactive Presentation.  Presentation for Cabrini College Faculty Development. Radnor, PA. 

 

 

  • (A)  Refereed Presentations:
  •  
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (proposal accepted) Providing Peace, Security and Stability for Child Victims of Domestic Violence. Proposed presentation for Association for Childhood Education International Global Summit on Childhood, San Jose, Costa Rica. March 31-April 3 2016.
  •  
  • Lelli, C.  (2015, October). Reaching and Teaching: Using Children’s Literature to Build Resiliency for Children of Trauma.  Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 28-30 2015.
  •  
  • Campbell, P., Lelli, C., Poole, C. (2015, October). Through the Gate to the Higher Ground: Helping Pre-service Teachers Pass the PAPA Exams. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 28-30 2015.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2015, October).  The Power of Literature in Healing Traumatized Children. Presentation for the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society Convocation 2015, Orlando, FL. October 22-24 2015.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2015, August). Engaging, Healing and Educating our Youngest Domestic Violence
  • Victims. Division of International Special Education Services (DISES) of Council for Exceptional Children
  • (CEC). Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israel and Palestine. August 2-6, 2015.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2015, July).  Using Children’s Literature to Help Traumatized Children Heal. Presentation at the International Literacy Association (ILA). St. Louis, MO. July 18, 2015.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Healing Children Who Hurt: Bibliotherapy for Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at the Keystone State Reading Association (KSRA). Penn State, PA. October 29,2014.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Children as Witness Manual: Domestic Violence Awareness Training for Educators. Round table presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 22-24, 2014.
  •  
  • Pierson, S. Gentile, A. Lelli, C. & Budzilowicz. (2014, October).  The Come Alive Classroom:  Implications and Applications of Universal Design for Learning for Teacher Educators. Presentation at the state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 22-24, 2014.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Practicing Peace at Home and School: Educational Strategies for Children Witnesses of Domestic Violence. Presentation at Peace and Justice Studies Association Conference, San Diego, CA. October 16-18, 2014.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Children Witnesses of Domestic Violence and Learning Challenges. Poster session at  International Conference on Learning Disabilities. Philadelphia, PA October 2-3, 2014.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2014, April). Children as Witness: Educating Childhood Witnesses of Domestic Violence. Presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International: Global Summit on Childhood. Vancouver, Canada. April 10-13, 2014.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2014, March). Pre-Service Teacher Candidates’ Perceptions of Digital Literacies and App Teaching and Learning. Presentation at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Educators, Indianapolis, IN. February 27-March 2, 2014.
  •  
  • Bryde, B., Lelli, C. ,  Dixon, S. & Small, M. (2013, October). Social Justice in Teacher Education: Cultivating Common Ground for the Common Good.  Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 23-25, 2013.
  •  
  • Pierson, S., Lelli, C., Budzilowicz, M., Paradise, E. & Scherer, L. (2013, October). Getting on the Same Page: Co-Creating Alternative Texts for Differentiated Instruction Using iPads. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 23-25, 2013.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. & Trasatti, D. (2013, May). Using Multimedia and Children’s Literature to Heal Children Who Witness Domestic Violence. Presentation at Bloomsburg University Literacy and Learning Conference. May 24, 2013.
  •  
  • Pierson, S. Lelli, C., & Budzilowicz, M. (February, 2013). Engagement, Innovation and iPads.  Poster session             at Pennsylvania Educational Technology Expo and Conference, Hershey, PA. February 9, 2013.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, November). Teaching ALL Children: Domestic Violence Awareness Curriculum for Educators. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Hershey, PA. November 19-21, 2012.
  • Pierson, S. Lelli, C., Budzilowicz, M., St. Pierre, S. & Lebedynsky-Pencak, K. (2012, October). Step Up Your Teaching and Learning with iPads! Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-26, 2012.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, October). Speak Out Against Domestic Violence: Implementation of Domestic Violence Awareness Education for Educators. Presentation at the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators, Harrisburg, PA. October 24-26, 2012.
  • Lelli, C. (2011, November). Domestic Violence Education for Pre-Service and Practicing Professionals. Presented at the annual conference of the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, Pittsburgh, PA. November 7-9, 2011.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2009, July). An Innovative Model of Special Education Teacher Training: The Collaborative Laboratory School. Approved to present at the International Association of Special Education (IASE) in Alicante, Spain.
  • Lelli, C., Poole, C., & Rivera, A. (2008, March). Outreach Programs, Urban Seminar and Cabrini College. Presented at A Kaliedoscope of Urban Education: Development, Collaboration, Conference and Reflection, Harrisburg, PA.
  • Lelli, C. Poole, C. & Bryde, B. (2008, October). Integrating Chapter 49.2 Guidelines for English Language Learners (ELL) into the Liberal Arts Curriculum and Education Field Experience. Presented at the state conference of the Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators, Hershey, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2008, October). Using Effective Graphic Organizers for Comprehension of Content Area Text. Presented at the Keystone State Reading Association, Valley Forge, PA.
  •  Matilsky, P. & Lelli, C. (2006, November). An Innovative Model of Special Education Teacher Training: A Collaboration between Cabrini College and Neighboring School Districts. Presented at the Pennsylvania Council of Exceptional Children Conference, Hershey, PA.
  •  
  • (B)  Invited Presentations:
  • Lelli, C.  (2015,August). Educational Strategies for Children of Trauma. Presentation at Faculty Development for Southeast Delco School District Faculty, Folcroft, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, May). How to Differentiate Instruction for Secondary Students. Presentation at Faculty Development In-Service Day at Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, February). What’s in Assessment? Presentation at Faculty Development In-Service Day at Pope John Paul II High School, Royersford, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2015, February).  How Can I Teach this Child? Practical Strategies to Use in the Classroom for Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at Student Teaching Seminar at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October).  How Can I Teach this Child? Practical Strategies to Use in the Classroom for Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at Student Teaching Seminar at Cabrini College, Radnor, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, October). Healing Children Who Hurt: Strategies for the Youngest Domestic Violence Victims. Presentation at Educators on Campus at Cabrini College, Radnor PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2014, April). Teaching Children Who Hurt: Children of Domestic Violence in the Classroom. Presentation at the Bryn Mawr College and Laurel House Symposium. Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • Lelli, C. & St. Pierre, S. (2013, March). Educating the Exceptional Learner: Understanding the Academic Needs of College Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD. Presentation at SEPCHE Student Conference - Valuing and Embracing Diversity: Differing Abilities Create An Inclusive and Dynamic College Experience, Chestnut Hill College, PA.
  •  
  • Lelli, C. (2012, October). Implementation of Domestic Violence Education for Educators.  Presentation for the Norristown Area School District Faculty Development. Norristown, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, April). Just Get Me Through the Day: The Traumatized Child at School. Presentation for the Norristown Area School District Faculty Development. Norristown, PA.
  • Lelli, C. & Groves, L. (2012, March). Just Get Me Through the Day: The Traumatized Child at School. Presentation at the Bryn Mawr College and Laurel House Symposium. Bryn Mawr, PA.
  • Lelli, C. (2012, October). Developmental Continuum of Age-Appropriate Domestic Violence Education. Presentation at the Cabrini College Domestic Violence Education Symposium, Domestic Violence Linking Campus with Community: Domestic Violence Education Partnerships in Action. Radnor, PA.
  • Lelli, C., Groves, L. & Persichetti, A.  (2010, December). Fostering Partnerships for Justice: Domestic Violence Education for Pre-Service and Practicing Professionals. Presentation for Cabrini College Faculty Development. Radnor, PA.  
  • Lelli, C. (2009, August). Teaching Preschool Students with Diverse Needs. Presentation for Faculty Development at the Cabrini College Children’s School, Wayne, PA.
  •  
    • Bryde, B. & Lelli, C. (2008, December). Bullying on Campus: Interactive Presentation.  Presentation for Cabrini College Faculty Development. Radnor, PA. 

     

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