Darlene Michener

Dr. Michener - Summer Reading Camp 2014
Charter College of Education
Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Office Location: KH C 2058
Phone: (323) 343-4360 Email: dmichen@exchange.calstatela.edu





Dr. Michener came to CSULA in 1985 with ten years of teaching and administrative experience, holding Elementary and Early Childhood teacher certifications from Florida and Illinois. In 1997, Dr. Michener was a recipient of the Charter College of Education's, Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award and in 2001, she received the California State University, Los Angeles Outstanding Professor Award. Dr. Michener was the California State University, Los Angeles representative to the Chancellor's Office Center for the Advancement of Reading and one of six California State University system-wide members selected to serve on the Chancellor's Office Advisory Panel for that group (along with members representing the California Board of Education, School District Superintendents, PTA presidents, and others). At CSULA, she successfully co-coordinates the Charter College of Education's highly respected 4-in-1 Graduate Reading Program (Master of Arts in Education: Option in (K-14) Reading, Reading & Language Arts Specialist Credential, California Reading Certificate & Postsecondary Reading Certificate). Under her leadership, that program became one of the first in nation to earn triple certification, being recognized by the International Reading Association (IRA), National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (NCATE), and California Commission on Accreditation (COA). In the Fall of 2002, by special request from the Glendale School District, she began an on-site Special Sessions CSULA/Glendale Graduate Reading Program successfully graduating both a two-year and a three-year cohort (over 60 new Reading & Language Arts Specialists). Then, again by special request, in the Fall of 2002, she coordinated a similar on-site Special Sessions Graduate Reading Program in the Garvey School District for two cohorts of Garvey Reading & Language Arts Specialists. Dr. Michener directs the annual CSULA Literacy Conference which offers hands-on workshop sessions, free of charge, for parents and their K-5 students to improve the children's literacy skills and enhance the leadership skills of CSULA Reading & Language Arts Specialist candidates.


Dr. Michener has taught over 24 different courses at CSULA earning outstanding student evaluations in each. Dr. Michener currently teaches courses in K-14 reading/language arts including the graduate level Reading/Language Arts Across the Curriculum & the graduate level Writing Assessment course. Additionally, Dr. Michener supervises field placement projects where CSULA Graduate Reading Program students work on individualized projects such as working with individual teachers who have requested one-on-one assistance to update and enhance their reading/language arts teaching skills. Dr. Michener designed and updated programs and courses for each of eleven Accreditations leading the Charter College of Education to successfully gain full accreditations for each of CSULA's graduate reading programs. Dr. Michener also founded the very successful CCOE Literacy Resource Lab. Since its inception, the Literacy Resource Lab has supported and extended the education of over 20,000 CSULA Teacher Candidates, Graduate Degree Candidates, & others, including the offering of free tutoring for CSULA teacher education candidates requesting support for the RICA (a California teacher assessment instrument). The Literacy Resource Lab currently houses over 10,000 K-12 children's literature selections, a complete set of K-14 diagnostic/remediation materials, reading/language arts software, teacher reference materials, sample lesson plans, journals and current reading/language arts textbook programs which are available for check-out and use by students and beginning teachers in order to help them enhance their learning/teaching skills for their current and future students learning of K-14 reading and language arts.


In 1994, Dr. Michener founded the first CSULA Charter College of Education cluster now later known as the CSULA CCOE Literacy Collaborative. Over the years, this Literacy Collaborative has brought together efforts of CCOE professors from all Charter College of Education divisions, with professors from 4 sister CSU campuses, teachers, administrators, students and community representatives of the LA County Office of Education, and over 20 Area School Districts including Alhambra, Arcadia, Baldwin Park, Burbank, Duarte, El Monte, Garvey, Glendale, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Monrovia, Montebello, Pasadena, Rosemead, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, Temple City, West Covina, Whittier and others. Special projects have included: the On-Line Communications Network for Literacy, the Distinguished Literacy Teachers in Residence program, Enhancement of Student Teacher Supervision in Literacy, Support of the CSULA Reading & Writing Clinic, an Early Literacy Field Support program, the Beginning Teacher Support Network for Literacy, programs to enhance Parent Literacy, RICA Rescue, and many more programs. In 1987, Dr. Michener initiated The Westhoff Project. This Walnut Unified School District /Business Community /University grant project designed and developed from scratch, a Demonstration School for Excellence in Reading and Language Arts Education. The seven year longitudinal study related to that project produced valuable data leading to a School Board Commendation by the Walnut Valley Unified School District. Dr. Michener has been a Clinical Professor for the Crenshaw Teacher Training Magnet High School and a Lincoln/DELTA Literacy Coach for LA Unified School District. She was co-coordinator of the 20/20 Inner City School Improvement Grant Project through CSULA & Temple University, and she directed the Governor's CSU-Community College Reading Development Partnership Grant. Her current research interests investigate the connection between music education and literacy.




Surprising Insights: Literacy and Music. The California Reader, 45 (3), 25-32.


RICA Preparation Handbook, in All Children Read: Teaching for Literacy in Todays Diverse Classrooms. Temple, et. al, Allyn and Bacon, Boston.


Preparing Teachers to Teach Reading Effectively (contributing author), The California State University Office of the Chancellor, Long Beach, CA.


CSULA Graduate Reading Program Documents for International Reading Association/NCATE Accreditation

1996; 1997...2012

"The Foundations of Children's Literature" (textbook chapter) in Teaching Reading Through the Grades, Marvin L. Klein, editor, Allyn and Bacon Publishers, Boston




Ph.D. Language Arts 1985

  • University of South Florida
    Tampa, Florida

M.A. Curriculum & Instruction 1982

  • University of South Florida
    Tampa, Florida

B.S.Ed. Elementary Education 1979

  • Northern Illinois University
    DeKalb, Illinois

A.A. Early Childhood Education 1972

  • Harper College
    Palatine, Illinois