Kirsten Musetti
PhD Student
Curriculum & Instruction

Ph.D. Candidate, Literacy Curriculum & Instruction,

       Certificate in Ethnic Studies

       University of Colorado Boulder, School of Education

Dissertation Title: Developing Preservice Teachers' Critical Perspectives and Practices Teaching Multicultural Literature  

Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2021

Research Interests

Teacher Education Practices and Pedagogies, Reading Methods, Scientific Approach to Reading Instruction, Literacy Curriculum and Instruction, Practice-Based Professional Development, Critical Theories, Children’s Literature, University-Community Partnerships, International Service-Learning 

Instructor of Record

EDUC 3320, Literacy 1, Fall 2021

EDUC 4311 Children's Literature and Literary Engagement in Elementary Schools, SP 2017, Fall 2017, SP 2019, FA 2020, SP 2021

EDUC 4320 Teaching Reading in the Elementary Schools, SP 2018

EDUC 3013: School & Society, SP 2020

Researcher, Principal Investigator 

Dissertation Study: Developing Preservice Teachers' Critical Perspectives and Practices Teaching Multicultural Literature  

This study investigates how to support preservice teachers in employing a critical multicultural perspective as they analyze text, teach lessons, and reflect on instruction in a “Reading for Social Justice Project”. (Principal Investigator: Kirsten Musetti Tivaringe) Spring 2020-Present

Supporting Undergraduate Students Towards Critical Reflections in Short Term Teaching Abroad

The study seeks to understand whether and how teacher preparation in a university context and a short-term international teaching practicum experience can be designed to inform preservice teachers’ reflections on their own power, privilege, and identities. (PI: K. Kulick, K. M. Tivaringe) Spring 2019-present

Graduate Research Assistant

Advancing Teachers’ Pedagogical Reasoning and Practices with Tools

Practice-Based Professional Development Research Project conducted in Denver elementary school devoted to understanding the role of tools to facilitate teacher learning to improve instruction in K–12 classrooms.

(PI E. Dutro, H. Ghousseini, E. Kazemi, S. Kavanagh), 

James S. McDonnell Grant Funded Project, Summer 2018 – Summer 2019

Build a Better Book Project,

National Science Foundation Funded Project to engage adolescents in the design of tactile picture books for children with visual impairments, 

(PI T. Yeh; Co-PI B. Dalton) Summer 2017 – Spring 2019

University of Colorado- Boulder, Registered Student Organization Buffs Teach Abroad, Founder, Staff Advisor, 2017-present

Jump Start Literacy Summer Camp, Recruitment Chair, Broomfield, CO, 2021

Alinea Learning Publishing, learning methods in elementary education, Manuscript reviewer, July 2021 

Build a Better Book, National Science Foundation Funded Project to engage adolescents in the design of tactile picture books for children with visual impairments, (PI T. Yeh; Co-PI B. Dalton) Summer 2017 – Spring 2019 (Director, 2018-20190)

University of Colorado-Boulder, School of Education Library Committee, 2017

Tivaringe, K. (Under Review) “Fighting injustice doesn't happen overnight”: Preservice Teachers Taking First Steps Teaching with Resistance Literature in a Children’s Literature Course. In Teaching Children's Literature to Undergraduates

Tivaringe, K. & Kullick, K. (Invited Chapter, Under Review) "Should We Even Be Going on this Trip?" Interrupting Existing Frames of (Re)colonization in a Short-term Teach Abroad Program in a University Setting. In Global Meaning Making, Advances in Research on Teaching Series withEmerald Publishing Limited. 

Dalton, B. & Musetti, K. (2018). Tactile picture book making and multimodal composition: Students design for equity in English Language Arts. In E. Ortlieb, E.H. Cheek, Jr., & P. Semingson (Eds.), Best Practices for Teaching Digital Literacies (p. 195-213). London, UK: Emerald Publishing. Doi10.1108/52048-04582018000000915

University of Colorado Boulder, Graduate School Fellowship, Summer, 2020

University of Colorado Boulder, Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award, 2020

International Literacy Association, Top 30 Under 30, 2019

AmeriCorps® Award, 2012-2014 

James Scholar Honors Program, University of Illinois, 2008-2012 

Dean’s List, University of Illinois, 2008-2012

University of Illinois, Illinois Leadership® Center, Leadership Certificate, 2011 

University of Illinois, Barbara Seaquist Williams Leadership Scholarship Award, 2011 

University of Illinois, Class of 1941 Memorial Excellence Scholarship Award, 2011

Two Instructors Lead and Learn with CEP. Northwestern University Center for Talent Development. 09/16/21. https://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/blog/two-instructors-lead-and-learn-cep 

Looking to the Future: The Newest Class of ILAs 30 Under 30. Literacy Today Magazine. https://docplayer.net/113143732-The-newest-class-of-ila-s-30-under-30.html

Kirsten Musetti Tivaringe named to global 30 under 30 list of literacy leaders. 01/15/19 https://www.colorado.edu/education/2019/01/15/kirsten-musetti-tivaringe-named-global-30-under-30-list-literacy-leaders