Mikkaka Hardaway Overstreet
Assistant Professor Reading Education
Department of Literacy Studies, English Education & History Education
Ph.D. University of Louisville, 2015
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum and Instruction
Research Focus: Critical Literacy, Family and Community Literacy, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
Dissertation Title: Culture at the Core: The Impact of Culturally Relevant Professional Learning on Teacher Beliefs and Practice, A Collection of Scholarly Papers
M.Ed. University of Louisville, 2008
Degree: Master of Education Emphasis: Literacy
B.S. University of Louisville, 2005
Degree: Bachelor of Science in Early Elementary Education/ LBD, Magna Cum Laude
Major: Elementary Education/learning and behavior disorders
Minor: Pan-African Studies
2017-present Assistant Professor
Literacy Studies, English Education and History Education, East Carolina University
Duties: Teaches courses in elementary and reading program areas. Assist in program enhancement. Serve the profession at the college, university, and national level and contribute to the field through research and scholarship.
2015-2017 Clinical Faculty and Director, Minority Teacher Recruitment Project
Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department, University of Louisville
Duties: As clinical faculty, taught courses in elementary education, served on college committees, and advised undergraduate and graduate students, including serving on two dissertation committees. In addition to faculty duties in the department of early childhood and elementary education, as the director of the Minority Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP), oversaw the daily operations of the MTRP office and staff, managed the program budget and worked with various partners to recruit students of color into teacher education programs.
2014- 2015 Part-time Instructor
Literacy Education Department, University of Louisville
Duties: Plan/teach courses in the graduate and undergraduate literacy program.
2011- 2015 Literacy Consultant
Kentucky Department of Education, Division of Program Standards
Office of Next Generation Learners, Frankfort, KY
Duties: Implement literacy program goals; assist Kentucky teachers with implementation of ELA standards- providing guidance, professional development and creating/sharing resources regularly; edit, publish and distribute KDE’s Literacy Link newsletter; provide consultative services to contracted testing companies; seek continual professional growth in literacy education
2006- 2011 Teacher
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, KY
Duties: full-time 2nd grade teacher 2006-2009; full-time Arts and Humanities teacher 2009-present
2004-2006 Teaching Assistant
Blue Apple Players Theater Education Company, Louisville, KY
Duties: Teaching Theatre Workshops, Storytelling, Office Duties
ACTIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS
2018- present Overstreet, M. & Nesbit, M. Integrating Arts and Literacy in Elementary Instruction: A Collaborative Professional Learning Partnership. Co-Primary Investigator.
2018- present Rhodes, C., Overstreet, M. A Study of Adult Literacy Teachers’ Understanding and Use of Cultural Identity in the Adult Basic Education Classroom. Co-Primary
2018- present Overstreet, M. Empowering All Learners: Preparing Reflective Education Professionals. Primary Investigator.
2017- present Howard, C. M., Overstreet, M., & Ticknor, A. S. Affirmative Language Project. Co-Primary Investigator.
Overstreet, M. (in press) My first year in academia or the mythical black female superhero takes on the ivory tower. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education
Overstreet, M. (2018). All work and no play makes jack a dull boy: The case for play at all educational levels. Reading Psychology, 39(2), 216–226.
Overstreet, M. (2017). Culture at the core: Moving from professional development to professional learning. Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 11, 199-214.
Overstreet, M. (2014). From at-risk to advocate: One teacher’s journey. Journal of Family Diversity in Education, 1(2), 1-23.
Manuscripts in Submission
Overstreet, M. (under review). Bartering and building community. In Overstreet, M. & Norton-Meier, L. (Eds.), Clinical partnerships in urban elementary settings: An honest
celebration of the messy realities of doing this work.
Howard, C. M., Overstreet, M., & Ticknor, A. S. (under review) Engaging preservice teachers with culturally responsive pedagogy: Three model lessons for teacher educators.
Overstreet, M. Drawn and quartered: Examining the teaching life of a first grade teacher.
Overstreet, M. Wrangling Cats in a Bathtub: Promoting Social Justice in Emergent Teacher Identities.
Manuscripts In Progress
Overstreet, M. Strategies for Effectively Building Community in Short Online Courses.
Overstreet, M. & Nightengale-Lee, B. Promoting Social Justice in Emergent Teacher Identities.
Nightengale-Lee, B. & Overstreet, M. A critical critique of methods curriculum in supporting teacher candidates’ inquiry, action, and agency.
Overstreet, M. & Id-Deen, L. Why I want to teach: An analysis of self-reported motivations in minority teacher candidates.
Co-author. Addressing Three Modes of Writing in the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, 2012. (available: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/lit/wri/Documents/Three%20Modes%20of%20Writing%20in%20KCAS.pdf
Editor. KDE Literacy Link newsletter, 2011-2015. (available: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/lit/Pages/Literacy-Link-Newsletter.aspx)
Overstreet, M. (2019, March). Invited Panelist. NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) Annual Conference. March 9-13, 2019 Los Angeles, CA.
Howard, C. M., Overstreet, M. H., & Ticknor, A. S. (2018, November). Centering Culturally Affirming Language in Literacy Courses. Paper session accepted for presentation at the
Literacy Research Association’s 68th Annual Conference. Indian Wells, CA.
Howard, C. M., Overstreet, M. H., & Ticknor, A. S. (2018, October). Centering Culturally Responsive Teaching in Literacy Courses. Paper session accepted for presentation at the
North Carolina Association for Colleges and Teacher Educators (NCACTE) Fall Forum 2018. Raleigh, NC.
Overstreet, M. & Id-Deen, L. (2018, March 2) Aligning Self-Reported Motivations and University Efforts to Recruit and Retain Diverse Teacher Candidates. Individual Paper
Session presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
Overstreet, M. (2018, February 18). Invited Panel Chair. Association of Teacher Educators Conference. February 18, 2018 Las Vegas, NV. Increasing Access and Equity in Teacher
Overstreet, M. (2017, November 29). Culture at the Core: Reality Andragogy in Preservice Teacher Education. Roundtable presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Literacy Research Association in Tampa, Florida.
Overstreet, M. (2017, March 11). Invited Presentation. Race, Community, and School. Educators Rising State Conference, Louisville, KY.
Overstreet, M. (2017, March 1). Invited Panelist. AACTE Diversified Teaching Workforce (DTW) Institute, March 1, 2017, Tampa, FL. High School to College Pipeline. (Margarita Bianco, University of Colorado Denver, panel chair)
Nightengale-Lee, B. & Overstreet, M. (2017, March 2-4). A Critical Critique of Methods Curriculum in Supporting Teacher Candidates’ Inquiry, Action, and Agency. Roundtable presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Tampa, Florida.
Nightengale-Lee, B. & Overstreet, M. (2016, November 20). Hello from the Other Side: Professors of Color Promoting Cultural Proficiency Through Literacy Methods Curriculum. Roundtable to be presented at the 2016 National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.
Nightengale-Lee, B. & Overstreet, M. (2016, August 1). Hello from the Other Side: Professors of Color Promoting Cultural Proficiency Through Literacy Methods Curriculum. Lecture presented at the 2016 Association of Teacher Educators Summer Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky.
Overstreet, M. (2016, February 1). Culture at the core: Moving from professional development to professional learning. Lecture presented at 28th Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference in The Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Whitmore, K., Chisholm, J., Andris, J. & Overstreet, M. (2014, January 11) Parents as Researchers and Storytellers: The Composing Stories Project. Roundtable presented at the National Conference for Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference at Elmhurst College.
Overstreet, M. (2013, February 17). Shifting Schooling: A Critical Review of Family Literacy Scholarship. Lecture presented at the National Conference for Teachers of English Assembly for Research Conference at the Ohio State University.
Summary of Courses Taught
- Applied Phonics (graduate; online): Skill in phonics as one kind of help in identifying written words. Essentials of phonics and linguistically sound approach in methodology.
- Reading Instruction In The Primary Grades (undergraduate; face-to-face): Practicum required. Knowledge of a balanced literacy approach in the primary grades.
- Language Knowledge and Acquisition (graduate; face-to-face, hybrid, and online versions): Addresses teacher mastery of structure of the English language and alphabetic
writing system, and knowledge of language acquisition to help diverse learners learn to read and write.
- Children’s Literature (undergraduate; face-to-face): The course is designed to introduce students to a body of children’s literature with an emphasis on developing an aesthetic and critical response to literature, experiencing a breadth of genres and constructing creative ways to use literature with children. Examining children’s literature from communities around the globe helps us identify and better understand many of the political, social and economic issues various countries face and how they respond and understand these issues in ways both similar and different from how other countries might. Students will have the opportunity to spend 10 hours reading with children to better understand the key ideas presented in the course.
- Language Arts Methods (undergraduate; face-to-face): Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Advanced study of specific strategies and practices for teaching children with and without disabilities, giftedness and other individual differences.
- Literacy Practicum (graduate; face-to-face and hybrid versions): Supervised internship providing for analysis and refinement of assessment and instruction practices in reading. Settings determined with pupil consultation.
- Advanced Reading Methods (graduate; face-to-face): Addresses knowledge and implementation of research-based reading methods appropriate for preschool through secondary students, with an emphasis on developing skillful and strategic lifelong readers.
Service to the Institution and Profession
2018-present Member, Outstanding Book Award Committee of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)
2017-2019 Member, Outstanding Book Award Committee of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)
2017-present Facilitator, QTPOC (Queer and Trans* People of Color student organization)
2016-2017 Member, Kentucky Department of Education Educator Diversity Task Force
2016-2017 Faculty Advisor, Black Graduate Student Association
2015-2017 Member, College of Education Diversity Committee
2015-2017 Member, College of Education Teaching & Learning Leadership Team
2015-2017 Member, College of Education Initial Teacher Certification Committee
2015-2017 Faculty Advisor, Minority Future Educators Association
2015-2017 Reviewer, Journal of Family Diversity in Education
2014 Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference Proposal Reviewer
Service to the Community
Overstreet, M. (2018, August 13). Invited Panelist. Highly Successful (Recent) First Year Faculty Panel. East Carolina University New Faculty Orientation, Greenville, NC.
Overstreet, M. (2018, April 18). Invited Presentation. Culturally Relevant Reading Instruction: An Introduction. Aycock Middle School Faculty Meeting, Greenville, NC.
Overstreet, M. (2018, March 27). Invited Presentation. Culture at the Core: Culturally Relevant Reading Instruction. Beginning Teacher Professional Development, Greenville, NC.
Overstreet, M. (2018, February 1). Invited Presentation. Culture at the Core: Culturally Relevant Reading Instruction. Tar River Reading Council, Greenville, NC.
Summer 2018 Curriculum Development for the ECU Community School
Overstreet, M. (2018, July 26). Invited Presentation. For the Love of Reading. Warren County Literacy Leadership Team Retreat, Raleigh, NC.
- Member, American Educational Research Association
- Member, American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education
- Member, Association of Teacher Educators
- Member, National Council of Teachers of English
- Member, Literacy Research Association
- Member, International Literacy Association; served as local council membership chair and newsletter editor 2011-2013
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
2015 Pearson’s One Professor award for inspirational teaching—by student nomination
2015 Graduate Dean’s Citation for significant accomplishments during graduate career at the University of Louisville. A graduate program may nominate no more than 10% of its graduates for this award.
2005 Outstanding Student December Graduation, College of Education and Human Development. Outstanding student speaks at graduation ceremony.
2001 Top 10% of all Praxis II scores, nationwide.