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Cynthia A. Dollins, Ed.D.

Ed.D., Pepperdine University; M.S., California State University, Fullerton; M.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; B.A., California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Dr. Cynthia Dollins teaches in the master of arts in education at GSEP. She instructs K-12 reading, writing, and literature methods courses, as well as curriculum development. Her book, The ABCs of Literacy: Preparing Our Children for Lifelong Learning, balances theory and practice to show parents and early childhood educators the value of reading aloud to teach key pre-literacy skills. She provides workshops to parents and teachers around the topics of literature and composition. Dollins is involved with community outreach to support families with literacy development. She has previously been a teacher and a principal.



  • 693: Linking Literature and Composition with History/Social Science: MS
  • 791: Dissertation Research

Academic Interests:

  • K-12 curriculum development
  • The parallel processes of reading and writing
  • Metacognition related to the decision-making process of teachers and students
  • Literature and composition instruction for children and adolescents
  • Early literacy development

Selected Works:

  • The ABC's of Literacy: Preparing Our Children for Lifelong Learning (Cumberland House Publishing), 2008

Selected Links:

GSEP has an active Diversity Council, comprised of faculty, staff, and students, whose aim is to promote discourse and foster multicultural proficiency. The Council developed a biannual speaker series to provide a forum for representatives of varied backgrounds and views to speak on subjects affecting the fields of education and mental health.