Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Melanie Calvert is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Media Education in the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program at the Rossier School of Education. In addition, Dr. Calvert is participatory in the re-design of the New Media Literacies in High Needs Schools course as well as the Multimedia Literacy course and is involved in the development and re-design of a new online Master’s course for New Media Literacies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program. Dr. Calvert works closely with the Team Leaders for these courses as well as in conjunction with the Team Leader for both Capstone A and B TESOL, which she also teaches. Her expertise is in the areas of instructional technology and media, teacher education, urban education, program development as well as multimedia production and development.
Dr. Calvert was appointed Co-Director and Lead Coordinator in September of 2001 for a 10 million dollar grant for the U.S. Department of Education Gifted and Talented Education in Harlem, New York City. She led the team in serving 2 high needs school districts in Harlem and Washington Heights. She worked jointly with more than 200 teachers, thousands of students from elementary through 12th grade, and with many different school Principals until the grant’s end in the 2009-2010 school year. Dr. Calvert worked closely with the Team Leader from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and focused on high needs students in low-performing schools while leading and assisting in the research necessary to keep the grant funded.
Prior to this position, Calvert served the Superintendent of Education for the State of South Carolina at the invitation of then United States Secretary of Education, Richard Riley. In this capacity, she successfully wrote the South Carolina Educational Technology Plan for the U.S. Department of Education: Goals 2000. Calvert and her co-authors comprised a 60-member team and were awarded The Milken Institute’s award for the Most Outstanding State Educational Technology Plan. Dr. Calvert received her EdD in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University where she also received her EdM in Instructional Technology and Media. She earned an MA and her BA in Early Childhood Education from The University of South Carolina.
Dr. Calvert was invited to New York University as a Visiting Scholar to aide in the development of The Center for Advanced Technology with the Courant Institute of Math and Science. There, she received an Advanced Certificate in Technology Development while participating in this new center. While there she helped the foundation and development of the NASA website. In addition, Calvert independently produces multimedia products for major entities and publishing companies, both in non-profit and for-profit sectors. Calvert is based in New York City and remains committed to serving her community by volunteering for numerous outreach organizations aiding the elderly, immigrants, and the homeless.