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Dinah Volk

Professor Emerita, Early Childhood Education
Cleveland State University

Dinah Volk is a former early childhood teacher who has taught in the US and Chile. Her research on the languages and literacies of young bilinguals and culturally sustaining pedagogies has been published in Young Children, Anthropology & Education, the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Language Arts, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, among others. Dr. Volk is active in NCTE’s Early Childhood Education Assembly and its Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching project.

Subjects: Education


Dinah Volk is Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education, College of Education, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. During the fall 2013 semester, she was a Visiting Professor, Early Childhood Program, Teachers College, Columbia University. A former teacher at the preschool and primary levels in the US and Latin America, her ethnographic research focuses on the languages and literacies of young bilingual children, family engagement, and culturally relevant teaching. Dr. Volk's work has been published in the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Young Children, Anthropology & Education, Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Education, LIteracy, Multicultural Education, and Research in the Teaching of English, among others.

With Gregory and Long she is co-editor of Many Pathways to Literacy: Young Children Learning with Siblings, Grandparents, Peers, and Communities and of a special issue of the JECL on syncretism. With Lytra and Gregory she is co-editor of Navigating Languages, LIteracies, and Identities: Religion in Young Lives. She is editing a special issue of Early Years on transformative and critical perspectives and practices in Early Childhood Education in the US.

Dr. Volk was awarded CSU's Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 2011 and is past chair of the Early Childhood Education Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English and a member of the NCTE-funded project, Professional Dyads and Culturally Relevant Teaching.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    languages and literacies of young bilingual children
    family engagement
    culturally relevant teaching
    ethnographic research in classrooms, homes, and community settings



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Navigating Languages, Literacies, & Identities: Religion in Young Lives available in paper!

By: Dinah Volk
Subjects: Education, Philosophy and Religion, Religion

Navigating Languages, Literacies, and Identities: Religion in Young Lives – co-edited with Gregory and Lytra – originally published in 2016, is now available in paperback.