Sunita Singh


Position: Associate Professor
Qualification: Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Brief About Me: Dr. Sunita Singh completed her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (Language and Literacy), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation titled, “Changes in Literacy Beliefs and Practices of a Kindergarten Teacher: A Three-Year Longitudinal Study” examined the changes in a kindergarten teacher’s beliefs about instruction, delivery of instruction, and the teaching context over three years as she taught students in an inclusive setting. She completed her MA and MPhil from Jawaharlal Nehru University in linguistics.


CECED, Ambedkar University Delhi


CECED Projects

  • Aga Khan Read For Children Evaluation (2014)
  • CARE India Literacy Position Paper (2014-15)
  • CARE India Policy Briefs on Multilingualism, Special Needs and Family Centered Practices (2014-15)
  • KATHA (I Love Reading) Evaluation (2014)
  • SRTT MA in ECCE Programme (2014-15)
  • UNICEF Early Learning and Development Guidelines (2014-16)
  • World Bank Micro Study in Rajasthan, India (2014)

Research Grants

Singh, S., Carmody, V., Ridzi, F. & Sylvia, M. (2012, Co-PI, affiliated with Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County and Central New York Community Foundation; Authorship is equal). Is literacy a gift that you can send to refugees in the mail? The Sociological Initiatives Foundation, Boston, MA. ($20,000).

Singh, S. (2011-2012). Evaluation of the Impact of the Onondaga County Imagination Library Project Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research (CURAR), Le Moyne College. ($2,000.00).

Singh, S. (Summer, 2011). Awarded the Summer Research Stipend, Committee on Research and Development, Le Moyne College. ($2500.00).


Ridzi, F., Sylvia, M. R., & Singh, S. (2014). The Imagination Library Program: Increasing parental reading through book distribution. Reading Psychology, 35(6), 548-576. doi: 10.1080/02702711.2013.790324. ISSN No. 0270-2711 (print), 1521-0685 (online)

Singh, S. (2014). Second language and literacy in elementary education. In A. Husain, Masin, A., Husain, I., Husain, H. B. Bhatia (Eds.) Education a right across the levels: Challenges, opportunities and Strategies. Conference Proceedings. Jamia Millia Islamia and UNESCO. New Delhi: Viva Books.

Singh, S., Sylvia, M. R., & Ridzi, F. (2013, December). Exploring the literacy practices of refugee families enrolled in a book distribution program and an intergenerational family literacy program. Early Childhood Education Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10643-013-0627-0. ISSN No. 1082-3301 (print) 1573-1707 (online).

Zisselsberger, M., Assaf, L., & Singh, S. (2012). Delving into third space: Supporting writing development in multilingual and multicultural settings. Writing and Pedagogy.4(1), 69-97. doi: 10.1558/wap.v4i1.69. ISSN No. 1756-5839 (print) 1756-5847 (online)

Singh, S. (2012). Book Review. Reading difficulties and Dyslexia: An interpretation for teachers by J. P. Das (2009). New Delhi: Sage Publications. Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators 1(1) 67-69. Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.

Singh, S. (2012). The Standards Initiative. Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators 1(2) 42- 44. Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.

Singh, S. (2011).Working with diverse language speakers in an early childhood setting. In P. S. Schmidt & A. M. Lazar, (Eds.), Practicing what we teach: How culturally responsive literacy classrooms make a difference (pp. 156-167). NY: Teachers College Press. ISBN-10: 0807752207 | ISBN-13: 978-0807752203

Ridzi, F., Sylvia, M., & Singh, S. (2011). “Imagination Library: Do More Books in Hand Mean More Shared Reading?” Center for Urban and Regional Applied Research Working Paper. Available at:

Schmidt, P. R. & Singh, S. (2011). Authentic professional development and assessment for language arts teachers capacity for change. In D. Lapp & D. Fisher, (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Teaching the English Language Arts (3rd edition). (pp. 322- 328). NY: Routledge. ISBN-10: 0415877369 | ISBN-13: 978-0415877367

Singh, S. (2010). Independent and collaborative writing in a kindergarten classroom. Journal of Reading Education. 36(1). 48-53. ISSN: 0886-5701

Singh, S. (2002) Review of Oller, Kimbrough and Rebecca E. Eilers, eds. Language and Literacy in Bilingual Children. Multilingual Matters, ISBN 1-85359-570-5, LINGUIST List 13.2441.

Professional Activities

Panel Reviewer for the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy and Early Childhood Education Journal

Editorial Advisory Board Member for National Reading Conference Yearbook (2010-present)

Editorial Advisory Board Member, Voices of Teachers and Teacher Educators (2012) Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, New Delhi.

Reviewer of proposals for American Educational Research Association (2010-present)

Reviewer of proposals for Literacy Research Association National Conference (2010-present)

Member, Appointed, Literacy Research Association’s Oscar Causey Award Committee for outstanding contributions to reading research (2010-12)


Awarded the Henry Kahanee award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant in Hindi (2000) by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Ranked as an Excellent Teaching Assistant (based on student evaluations) in Spring 1999, Fall 1999, Spring 2000, Spring 2001, Fall 2001, Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003, Fall 2003, and Spring 2004 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Awarded the Government of India National Scholarship by the Director of Higher Education, Uttar Pradesh. (1994). This scholarship awarded on the basis of grades secured in B.A.

Areas of Interest

Early Childhood Literacy, Family Literacy, Biliteracy, Bilingualism, Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, Assessment