National Council of Teachers of English 2019 Outstanding Educator in the English Language Arts Award.
Critical Literacy was named one of the top 25 articles viewed in the Oxford Encyclopedia- Education 2017-2018.
Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who: News Communications, Inc. (2010-present).
International Reading Association Book of the Month Honor for Getting Beyond I Like the Book, 2nd Edition, IRA. (November 2009).
National Council of Teachers of English Presidential Appointment as Chair of the NCTE Literacy Task Force. (November 2009)
Podcast Peer Awards Finalist: Education Category for Critical Literacy in Practice. (November 2007).
American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book of the Year
for Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children, AERA Division B.
James N. Britton Award for Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children, The National Council of Teachers of English. (November 2005).
American Educational Research Association Teacher as Researcher Dissertation Award, (May 2004).
Literacy as Social Practice book was chosen for inclusion in NCTE’s
Professional Communities at Work Professional Development Kit. (2004).
International Reading Association Book of the Month Honor for Getting Beyond I Like the Book. (May 2003).
National Co-Learn Senior Research Team (2002-2003)
National Council of Teachers of English Executive Committee Appointment as Co-chair of the Joint International Reading Association Critical Literacy Task Force. (2001-2002, 2002-2004)
Invited Participant: The White House Summit on Early Childhood Cognitive Development, Laura Bush - The White House. (July 2001).
Appointed as a Commissioner to the District of Columbia Commission on Primary Education Reform, District of Columbia. (2001).
National Council of Teachers of English Recognition Award: Excellence in Service (2000).
Whole Language Umbrella Recognition for Outstanding Service and Commitment. (1999)
Armstrong Scholarship, Indiana University, Bloomington. (1997 & 1998).
Doreen Brady Memorial Scholarship, Ontario Teachers Association. (1997).
Canada’s Literacy Volunteer Award, Canadian Literacy Council. (1991).
American University Awards
American University Software Grant (2006)
American University Curriculum Development Award (2000, 2002, 2006)
Mellon Award for Research (2000, 2001 Spring, 2001 Fall, 2002, 2003)
NCTE Presidential Appointment to the NCTE Resolutions Committee. (2009).
NCTE Presidential Team Appointment to the NCTE Nominating Committee (2007)
NCTE Presidential Team Appointment to the Task Force on Diversity (2007)
NCTE Reading Initiative National Teaching Team (2001-2002)
NCTE Executive Committee. (2000-2002).
Executive Director Search Committee for NCTE (2000)
Chair - Political Awareness Special Interest Group. Whole Language Umbrella (2000)
Web Editor for the Elementary Section of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) (1999-2001)
Search Committee for Language Arts Editor (Sept., 1999)
Elected Leadership Positions
Chair. AERA Language and Social Processes SIG. (2009-2011)
Chair. NCTE Early Childhood Assembly. (2009-2011)
Board of Directors. City Gate, Washington DC. (2009-Present)
Chair. NCTE Early Childhood Assembly. (2008-2009)
Conference Program Chair. AERA Language and Social Processes SIG. (2007-2009).
Secretary. Center for the Expansion of Language and Thinking. (2007-2010,2010-2013)
Newsletter Editor. AERA Language and Social Processes SIG. (2005-2007).
Secretary/Treasurer. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Language and Social Processes SIG. (2003-2005)
Assistant Chair. NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee. (1998-2000)
Chair. NCTE Elementary Section Steering Committee. (2000-2002)
Executive Board Member. Whole Language Umbrella. (1996-1998)
President. Dufferin-Peel, Etobicoke, Peel Reading Council (1989-1991)