Lisa Rizopoulos

Lisa Rizopoulos


Department : Education

Email :

Phone : 718-862-7879

Office : DLS 449


PHD, Fordham University
MS, Fordham University
BA, CUNY Lehman College


  • The successful preparation of pre-service literacy teachers
  • The effective integration of technology for ESL, ADHD and struggling literacy learners and other diverse  populations.
  • The integration of effective literacy strategies for the inclusive class.  
  • The development of assessment tools for self and student reflection and growth.  
  • The application of assistive and adaptive technologies for literacy learning and instruction.

Current Projects:

  • Publishing articles and conducting research focused on successful literacy strategies for the inclusive class.
  • Developing creative and practical methods for using computer and telecommunication resources to improve literacy learning and teaching for a variety of students.

Professional Experience


Memberships :

  • The International Reading Association
  • The International Dyslexia Association
  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • The Association for Curriculum Development


  • New York State Permanent Public School Teacher Certificate in Literacy (K-12)

Publications & Professional Activities

Publications :

  • Rizopoulos, L. McCarthy, P. (2009). Using online threaded discussions: Best practice for the digital learner in the Journal of Educational Technology Systems, Vol. 37 (4) 373-383 Baywood Publishing Co.
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2009). Using technology to develop literacy skills, Using Technology in 21st Century Schools,  The National Catholic Educational Association, edited by William Merriam and Augustine Nicoletti.  p. 95-109  
  • Wolpert, G. Rizopoulos, L. (2009).  Time to tap into technology in Educator’s Voice, Vol. 2, spring, 2009 p. 68-75, New York State United Teachers
  • Rizopoulos, L. , Nicoletti, A. (2009). Pre-service teachers’ reflections on effective strategies for teaching ESL students in The Journal of Latinos and Education.  Vol. 8, issue 1 p. 67-76, Routledge Publishers
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2008).  Counting on accountability:  Outcome-based assessment, Understanding and Teaching Today’s Students, the National Catholic Educational Association, edited by William Merriman and Augustine Nicoletti, p. 125-136
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2005). Journals help students make personal connections to scripture, Momentum, September/October, 2005.  Vol  XXXVI No. 3 p. 76-79
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004). An inquiry-based, multimedia approach to literacy and curriculum development:  Preparing  secondary pre-service teachers for the 21st century. Theories and Practice.  The Utah Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Volume XV, summer, 2004, Constructive Acountability:  Creating a Culture for Progress.  p. 9-12
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004). Learning from content area textbooks – strategies for the inclusion classroom  The Reader – The Journal of the Arkansas Reading Association v.28m Summer, p. 25-28.
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004). Traditional and innovative approaches to fluency development: The neglected area of the curriculum. The Language and Literacy Spectrum – The Journal of the New York State Reading Association.  V. 14, spring, 22-30.  Internet site:
  • Rizopoulos, L. Wolpert, G. (2004).  An overview of the techniques used to develop the literacy skills of adolescents with developmental delays. Education, v. 125 fall, 2004 No. 1 p. 130-136

College-Wide Publications:

  •  Rizopoulos, L. (2005) Equity and diversity resources, Vistas Education Journal, published by Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in education.  (The Journal of Education at Manhattan College)
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2005): Developing literacy skills through the use of computer assisted instruction- resources for the general education teacher  Written by:   The Reading in the Content Area Class (402) Edited by Dr. Lisa Anne Rizopoulos, Vistas Education Journal, published by Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in education.
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004). An interview with multicultural author Denize Lauture, Stories that highlight Haitian culture. Vistas Education Journal, published by Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in education. 
  • Rizopoulos, L (2003) Teaching literacy development through an inquiry-based, multimedia approach Vistas Education Journal, published by Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in education.  Vistas Journal of the School of Education, 14-16
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2003) Stories of hope and peace   Vistas Education Journal, published by Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society in education.   Vistas Journal of the School of Education, 29

Proceeding Of A Conference:

  • Rizopoulos, L. (2005) Vocabulary for the inclusive classroom. Audio taped presentation for the International Dyslexia Association archives.  (peer reviewed).

Conferences/Presentations :

Local  Presentations-  Manhattan College


  • Rizopoulos, L. (2007). Vocabulary strategies for the inclusion classroom.  St. Thomas Aquinas College/The Rockland Reading Council


  • Rizopoulos, L. (2006). Comprehension strategies that get students thinking.  St. Thomas Aquinas College/ The Rockland Reading Council


  • Rizopoulos, L.(2005).  Balanced literacy.  Presented for Kappa Delta Pi and the Association for       Supervision and Curriculum Development. (April 13, 2005)
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2005). Famous women in history for Project Americana – The Yonkers Public School District April, 2005 and May 24, 2005
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2005).  Adapting literature circles for the inclusive classroom.  Presented at the New York City Association of Assistant Principals Supervision – English (NYCAAPSE) – Our Mutual Estate:  Looking Both Ways:  Literary Perspectives Theme: Literature and Teaching Literature, May 24, 2005
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2005).  Using technology for inquiry and literacy development. Intec Middle School, Bronx, NY March, 2005
  • Rizopoulos, L.(2005).  A Multisensory approach to vocabulary development.   Presented at the St. Thomas Aquinas Literacy Extravaganza – The Rockland Reading Council, a chapter of the International Reading Association.


  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004).  Reading in the content areas. Presented and created for the Carmel School District. Workshops for district-wide staff development.
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004).  Strategies for activating prior knowledge across the content areas.  Faculty Development at Manhattan College, January, 2004
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004).  Primary writing strategies.  The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative Education Development Center, Inc. Building Literacy in the Primary Grades – Yonkers Public School District, August 14, 2004
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004).  Effective strategies for teaching mysteries.  Presented for the Rockland Reading Council (May 20, 2004)
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2004).  Curriculum Adaptation.  Presented for the Special Education Training and Resource Center – the Yonkers Public Schools.  (June 19, 2004)


  • Rizopoulos, L.  (2003).  Personal reflections on student teaching.  Student Teaching Commitment and Commissioning, August 26, 2003
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2003).  Literacy and your children – Effective at-home literacy strategies.  Pelham Middle School, Pelham, NY  January 8, 2003
  •  Rizopoulos, L. (2003).  Reading in the content areas – An Emphasis on Comprehension and Vocabulary Development.  Presented for the Archdiocese of New York, November, 2003.


  • Rizopoulos, L. (2002).  The writing process – helping children become fluent creative writers.  Presented for the Yonkers  Public  School System – Staff Development Workshops (November 17, 2002)
  • Rizopoulos, L.  (2002).   Education in urban communities:  Startling statistics from the field.  Social action workshop for Lois Harr.   2001 and 2002.
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2002).  Building a strong learning community   (2 sessions) The 27th Annual Parents and Reading Conference (January 4, 2002) Manhattan Reading Council – An affiliate of the New York State Reading Association and chartered by the International Reading Association
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2002).  Informal/authentic reading assessment.  Presented Community School District 11, Bronx, NY
  • Rizopoulos, L. (2002).  Strategies and activities for improving comprehension.  Sacred Heart, Yonkers, NY  (August 2, 2002)


  • Rizopoulos, L.  (2001).   An overview of the volunteerism at the Manhattan College Learning Resource Clinic.  Presented at the Institute for Catholic Identity: Called to Cure:  Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice, Manhattan College, June 28, 2001.


  • Rizopoulos, L. (2000).  Primary writing strategies.  Theme: Building Literacy in Primary Grades. Presented to The Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative Education Development Center, Inc.  The Yonkers Public School District (August 14, 2000) 

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards :

  • Acknowledged  by  the New York State United Teachers for an exemplary article submission to the Educator’s Voice.  2009
  • Nominated for an Alumni Achievement Award from Fordham University, 2005-2006
  • Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers – Awarded in September,  2005-2006
  • Kappa Delta Pi – Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education – Fordham University, Manhattan College
  • Kappa Delta Pi – Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education – Award for Scholarship and Leadership. 
  • Re-inducted into the Manhattan College Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi  – April, 2004
  • Acknowledged for co-sponsoring the Rockland Literacy Extravaganza (2002-Present)   (2001-Present)  
  • Inducted in Kappa Delta Pi  - Fordham University Chapter – 1999 and acknowledged for Educational Leadership 2005

Courses Taught/Teaching

  • EDUC 318      Curriculum and Pedagogy in the Elementary Classroom
  • EDUC 350      Independent Study Education
  • EDUC 353      Integrated Learning Grades 1-3
  • EDUC 354      Integrated Learning Grade 4-6
  • EDUC 401      Principles and Practices of Reading in Elementary School
  • EDUC 402      Reading in Content Area
  • EDUG 815      Curriculum, Assessment and Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language in Gen and Spe Ed