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Yolanda L Dunston

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Associate Professor
(919) 530-7536
(919) 530-7681
2097 H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building


Program Coordinator, Elementary Education


Dr. Yolanda L. Dunston has more than two decades of experience in education in the state of North Carolina. She earned a BA in Elementary Education, an MEd in Special Education - Literacy Studies, and a PhD in Literacy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her focus is effective teaching, particularly in the areas of literacy and online learning. She has taught at the pre-school and elementary levels, provided literacy consulting for struggling middle and high schoolers, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UNC-Chapel Hill and North Carolina Central University. She has prepared instructional materials for Pearson Prentice Hall, is a contributing author for the text Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Educating Traumatized Children Pre-K through College, and is a co-Author for The Ultimate Student Teaching Guide. Currently, she is an Associate Professor at NCCU in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the School of Education. She coordinates the Elementary Education program, teaches literacy courses, facilitates the internship seminar, and supervises student teachers.

Research Interests

Early and Emergent Literacy
Effective Teaching
Online Teaching and Learning
Parental Involvement


PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 2002
MED University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1996
BA University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1992


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Selected Publications

1. Dunston, Y. L., & Daniel, J. , & Stock, S. (2019). ILLs for ELLs: Using an Interactive Notebook Strategy to Foster Success for English Language Learners. Handbook of Research on Assessment Practices and Pedagogical Models for Immigrant Students.
2. Patterson, G. C., & Dunston, Y. L., & Daniels, K. N. (2017). HBCUs to the Rescue: Utilizing Service-Learning Pedagogy to Improve Teacher Preparation in Early Childhood Education. Service Learning as Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: Theory, Research, and Practice., 11, 81-92.
3. Dunston, Y. L. (2016). n sync: Online learning in teacher education at an HBCU. Setting a new agenda for student engagement and retention in Historically Black Colleges and Universities. .
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