E. Guastello, Ed.D.
Sullivan Hall Room 411
Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
E. Francine Guastello is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Services and Counseling and Coordinator of the Graduate Literacy Program at St. John’s University. Dr. Guastello is also a fellow in the Orton-Gillingham Academy of Practitioners and Educators dedicated to working with children and adults with dyslexia. Dr. Guastello has instituted the first courses in Multisensory Language Learning which trains our reading specialist graduates to teach children and adults with dyslexia.
Dr. Guastello has been an educator for over 40 years. She was an elementary/junior high teacher for 12 years, an elementary school principal for 16 years and for the past 13 years she has been a full-time member of the graduate literacy faculty as St. John’s specializing in the diagnosis and remediation of children and adults with learning disabilities.
Since 2002, she has been the co-project director of Project TIE. Training Innovative Educators, a grant sponsored by the legislation of No Child Left Behind. She has conducted staff development and implemented a school wide K-8 program of reading and writing in 43 low-achieving schools in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. She conducts teacher focus groups, is a teacher mentor and provides demonstration lessons in classrooms with teachers and their students.
Dr. Guastello is a board member of the Presidents’ Institute for Catholic Schools. As such she directs professional development initiatives that service the Catholic Elementary Schools in the Archdiocese of New York, Brooklyn and Rockville Centre Diocese. Currently, she coordinates Project TIE, funded through the Institute, and she collaborates with the Diocesan Curriculum personnel as well as the St. John’s faculty training curriculum leadership teams for the Catholic Schools.
Dr. Guastello also volunteers her services as a literacy diagnostician to the School Sisters of Notre Dame’s Educational Center for Women in Woodhaven, New York. There she provides diagnostic services to determine the literacy potential of disenfranchised women who are preparing to take their GED exams. She also conducts literacy workshops for the staff at the center.
In 2012 Dr. Guastello was awarded St. John’s Medal for Outstanding Achievement; in 2011 Kappa Delta Pi, Professor of the Year; 2010 The University Vincentian Mission; and 2007 Recipient of the St. John’s Teaching Excellence and Scholarship Award. In 2006 Dr. Guastello was initiated into the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society.
Dr. Guastello is a member of the St. John’s Chapter of the Ladies of Charity servicing the needs of the local community. She is also a Seton Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Convent Station, New Jersey and one of our Senior Vincentian Research Fellows.
As Chair of her department, Dr. Guastello has written nine new programs for our students to provide them with various career choices in Literacy, TESOL and Special Education.
Her research focuses on developing effective teaching strategies especially for struggling readers and writers. Her latest co-authored book is The Guided Reading Kidstation Model: Making Instruction Meaningful for the Whole Class. She has written numerous articles on family literacy and developing oral language skills. Currently she serves on several dissertation committees for the Literacy Ph.D program.
- EDU 3210/15/17 Research and Practice of Teaching Writing in general & Inclusion Education (Fee $25.00)
- EDU 3220 Approaches, Materials, Performance Evaluation in Literacy Development, K-12
- EDU 3230 Diagnosis & Case Study Analysis of Literacy Performance
- EDU 3240 Case Study & Instructional Strategies for Diverse Learners
- EDU 3241 Multi-sensory Approach to Language Learning (Part I)
- EDU 3242 Multi-sensory Approach to Language Learning (Part II) Specialized Orton-Gillingham Training
- EDU 3250/55 Practicum and Seminar in Literacy Instruction and Leadership
(Birth to Grade 6) (Grades 5 through 12) and (Birth through Grade 12)
Guastello, E. F. (2010) Vincentian Mission: Changing the World with Charity and
Justice. St. John’s University-Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter, Vol. 15, no. 7
Guastello, E. F. (Nov. 2007). Releasing children from a prison of failure and discomfort.
St. Johns’ University Center for Teaching and Learning Newsletter, Vol.13, No. 3.
Guastello, E. F. & Lenz, C. (2007). Guided reading kidstations model: Ensuring student accountability. Newark, DE: International Reading Association.
Sinatra, R.C., Blake, B. E., Guastello, E. F., & Robertson, J. M. (2007). Reflective literacy practices in an age of standards: Engaging K-8 learners. Norwood, MA: Christopher Gordon.
Guastello, E. F., & Lenz, C.(2005) Student accountability: Guided reading kidstations. The Reading Teacher, 59(2), 144-156.
Guastello, E. F. (2004). A village of learners. Educational Leadership, 61(8), 79-83.
Guastello, E. F. & Lenz, C. (2004) Improving children’s writing: A model for parent participation. The Language and Literacy Spectrum 14, 31-47.
Guastello, E.F. Technology/Multimedia and oral presentation skills: A perfect match, Today’s Catholic Teacher, 36(5), 16-19.
Guastello, E. F. (2002). Accelerated reader as an energizer. Knowledge Quest, 30(4), 53-55.
Guastello, E. F. (2001). Parents as partners: Improving children’s writing. The Twenty-
Third Yearbook. The College Reading Association.
Guastello, E. F. & Sinatra, R. (2001). Improving students’ oral presentation skills through the use of technology and multi-media. The Language and Literacy Spectrum, 11, 5-17.
Guastello, E. F., Beasley, T. M., & Sinatra, R. (Nov./Dec. 2000). Effects of semantic mapping on comprehension of science content for low-achieving, seventh-grade students. Remedial and Special Education, 21(6), 356-365.
Sinatra, R., Beaudry, J., Stahl-Gemake, J., & Guastello, E. F. (1990). Combining visual literacy, text understanding, and writing for culturally diverse students. Journal of Reading, 33(8), 612-617.
Opitz, M.F. (Ed.). (1998). Literacy Instruction for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. International Reading Association, Newark, DE:
Sinatra. R., Beaudry, J. Stahl-Gemake, J., & Guastello, E. F. (1988). Examining
use of photo essays on students’ writing ability. Reading Psychology, 9(4),
Guastello, E.F., & Forgione, S. (1988). Software elevates the reading/writing
skills of inner-city students. Technological Horizons in Education Journal, 15(6), 61-72.
Guastello, E. F. (1984). Using photo essays to promote organizational writing.
Cameras in the Curriculum 77(2), An NEA/KODAK Grant Program.
Stahl-Gemake, J., & Guastello, E.F. (Nov. 1984). Using story grammar with
students of English as a foreign language to compose original fairy and folktales. The Reading Teacher, (38)2, 213-216.
Burns, P. C., Roe, B. D., & Ross, E. P. (1996). Teaching Reading in Today’s Elementary Schools. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, MA.
Sinatra, R., Stahl-Gemake, J., & Guastello, E. F. (1984). Photo essays teach
children to organize their writing. Highway One, (7), 6-11.