About Mary

Mary is the dean of the College of Education and professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Illinois. She is also an adjunct professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, attached to the Globalism Institute where she is research director of the Knowledge Design Forum. With Bill Cope, Mary is co-author of: The Powers of Literacy, Falmer Press, London, 1993, Productive Diversity, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1997; A Place in the Sun: Re-Creating the Australian Way of Life, Harper Collins, Sydney, 2000; Multiliteracies: Literacy Learning and the Design of Social Futures, Routledge, London, 2000; and Learning by Design, Victorian Schools Innovation Commission, Melbourne, 2005.

3 thoughts on “About Mary

  1. I studied under Dr. Merle Karnes in the late 1960s as a fellow of an OEO grant she received to train administrators for programs that serve low-income families. Since that time, I worked with Head Start as a two-state training coordinator (Colorado and Wyoming) and then on to the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA. After 28 years of teaching there, I retired 10 years ago and currently work with a non-profit, Bring Me A Book Foundation that provides high quality children’s books to classrooms that serve low-income families and children. We also offer parent training on the importance of reading to their children. I cover two counties in the high-poverty, high foreclosure Central Valley.
    Does the University (Illinois) have any programs that might be interested in working with me in raising funds for our non-profit?

    Thanks. (I spent several excellent years at the Col. Wolfe Preschool)
    Bob Morrow, Ed.D. (University of Illinois 1975)

    1. Dear Dr. Morrow,

      What a wonderful history of accomplishments in your career. I am also pleased that you enjoyed your time on campus.

      From what I understand, the Bring Me A Book Foundation is accomplishing much in the area of creating a desire for the love of reading in children. Unfortunately, we are unable to help fundraise for other organizations since we too seek funds to help our students.

      I am sorry we are not able to assist with your fundraising, but I wish you tremendous success in your work with the Bring Me A Book Foundation.


      Debbie Morgan
      Associate Director of Development
      College of Education
      University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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