Leontye L. Lewis is Professor and Dean of the School of Education at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Prior to her role at FSU she served as Director of the School of Education at Coppin State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was instrumental in leading the School to a successful NCATE and Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) visit in spring 2007. Coppin secured continuing accreditation without any areas of improvement. Before serving as Director, Dr. Lewis served for three years as Chairperson for the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Earlier she served as Coordinator to the Elementary Education program, which is housed in the Department of Curriculum and instruction. Dr. Lewis served as advisor for graduate and undergraduate students in the field of education. She designed and taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate educational levels. She served on thesis committees. She also taught in the Jamaican and Baltimore City Public School Systems.
Dr. Lewis earned a Teaching Certificate from Church Teachers’ College in Jamaica in 1982. In 1991 she graduated Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian from Coppin State College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She earned a Master of Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Bowling Green State University in Ohio in 1993. Dr. Lewis earned a second Master’s degree in Teaching and Learning in 1995 from Harvard University. She earned her Doctorate of Education degree from Harvard University in 1999 in Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning Environments.
Dr. Lewis has served on program accreditation and approval teams in Maryland and Rhode Island and collaborated with MSDE on its Professional Development School (PDS) initiative. She served as PDS liaison to Coppin’s PDS site, as Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) to the Athletics Department, and as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) representative to the NCAA Research Committee. She also served as the Director of the Reading First Teacher Education Network (RFTEN), a NCATE collaborative, at Coppin State University.
Dr. Lewis made many presentations, including presentations at EduCause, NCATE, and CEC national conferences. She has served on multiple panels, including panel discussion at AACTE and discussions on The State of Black Baltimore. Her participation on a panel discussion for the XChange TV show in Baltimore, Maryland received a national award. The discussion focused on cultural congruence in the education of our children and adults. Dr. Lewis has also served on statewide steering committees, planning committees, and executive boards.
She has successfully secured funds from multiple grants to assist practices in education. She has secured grants from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) ($87,000.00 in 2007, $80,000.00 in 2006, and $10,000.00 in 2005); from the University System of Maryland (USM) ($100,000.00 over three grants); and from RFTEN ($13,000.00 in 2005). Dr. Lewis served as Principal Investigator on an $820,000.00 Head Start Grant over 5 years – 2003-2007 and on a $50,000.00 grant from the Baltimore City Public School System.
In addition to two new articles to be submitted for publications, Dr. Lewis’s publications include:
Lewis, L. (2005). Making it Work: Effective Strategies for Educating our Children. In The State of Black Baltimore (Editors). Coppin State University & The National Urban League.
Santor, E., Lewis, L. Knight, G., Coger, W., Phillips, T., & Waters, G. (2003). Reviewing STEP at Coppin State College. Developing knowledgeable teachers: A Framework for standards-based teacher Education supported by institutional collaboration, 1(2), 54-65.
Phillips, T.; Lewis, L., & Harris, L. (2002, spring). Reshaping and integrating standards-and performance-based assessment into a teacher preparation program. Successes in Teacher Education, 2, Baltimore, MD: Maryland Association of Teacher Educators.
Lewis, L. L. (1999). Parent Involvement: Perspectives on Teachers’ Practices at an Inner-city Elementary School. (Doctoral Dissertation.) Harvard University Graduate School of Education, Cambridge: MA
In addition to conducting research into parental involvement strategies as a technique for enhancing student learning, she is interested in documenting effective pedagogical strategies. Her research interests include learning styles practices for culturally diverse learners, cultural relevant teaching practices/pedagogy, multicultural education, parent involvement, standards-based instruction, alternative assessment strategies, among others.
Among her many recognitions and awards, Dr. Lewis has received the Outstanding Alumni/Presidential Award from NAFEO, Outstanding Administrator and Faculty Awards from Coppin State University, and was nominated for the NAFEO Noble Prize. She has maintained professional affiliation with organizations such as American Association of University Women (AAUW), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)