Kevin Cordi, Ph.D., Education


Columbus, OH (43219) – TheOhio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts (OCTELA) selected Kevin Cordi, Ph.D., an Ohio Dominican University Assistant Professor of Education, to receive its 2012 Outstanding English Language Arts Educator Award. The award recognizes educators who demonstrate a commitment to students and English Language Arts. OCTELA will present the award to Cordi during its luncheon on March 9, 2012. 

Cordi has taught in 40 states and around the world, including 14 years at the secondary level in Ohio and California. He is the co-author of the award-winning text, Raising Voices: Building Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes. He also earned the National Storytelling Network's Service award for his work as a professional storyteller and teacher. For the past six years, Cordi has served as one of the Co-Directors for the Columbus Area Writing Project, part of the National Writing Project. Their mission is to work with teachers, from kindergarten to college, on effective ways to introduce writing pedagogy in the classroom. 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Comprehensive from Kent State University and a master’s degree in Storytelling and Education from the University of Akron with adjoining work from East Tennessee State University. Cordi also has a doctorate in drama, literacy, culture, and reading from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. 

OCTELA is a nationally recognized, nonprofit charitable organization that serves English language arts educators in the classroom and the extended education community. Its goals are to promote best practice and teacher leadership, to advocate for fair and appropriate education policy, and to provide resources and quality professional development that support diverse literacies, classrooms and students. 

Ohio Dominican University is a four-year private liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition. The University has 2,600 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 43 majors as well as seven graduate degree programs. Ohio Dominican uses a student-centered approach, with a commitment to quality teaching and learning.