Kristin Rainville, Ed.D.

Kristin Rainville, Ed.D.

Director of Interdisciplinary Studies/Assistant Professor

Dr. Kristin Rainville teaches in the Educational Leadership and Literacy department at the Isabelle Farrington College of Education. Before joining the faculty at Sacred Heart University, Kristin was the Department Chair and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Literacy at Manhattanville College. Kristin also previously worked as an Instructor at Teachers College, Columbia University. She was a Coordinator for the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Early Literacy. She has also worked as a literacy coach in New Jersey and as a third grade and first grade teacher in Stamford, Connecticut. Kristin has co-authored articles in both The Reading Teacher and Reading & Writing Quarterly, as well as online tools in the Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse. Kristin has co-authored two books: Changing Suburbs, Changing Students (Corwin, 2012) and Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools: Ten Keys to Successful Professional Development(Teachers College Press, 2015). 

Kristin frequently presents at regional and national conferences including annual conferences of the International Literacy Association (LRA), Literacy Research Association (LRA), American Education Research Association (AERA), National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and Literacy for All.

Dr. Rainville also supports teachers, coaches, and administrators in schools and districts in the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in curriculum development, instructional methods, and assessment review. 

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ed.D. Teachers College, Columbia University (2007)
      Curriculum and Teaching

    • C.A.S. Fairfield University (2001)
      Special Education

    • M.S. University of Bridgeport (1999)
      Education: Remedial Reading and Language Arts

    • B.S. Saint Bonaventure University (1998)
      Elementary Education

Teaching Responsibilities

    • EDR 505 Early Literacy
    • EDR 555 Clinic II
    • EDR 527 Organization, Administration, and Evaluation of Reading Programs

Research Interests and Grants

    Kristin’s main research and writing focus is on literacy leadership, whether through literacy coaching, classroom instruction, action research, or teacher candidate preparation.

Publications and Presentations

Kristin Rainville

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Leadership Literacy
    Oakview Drive 225F
    Isabelle Farrington College of Education
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