Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters

Associate Professor (PhD, MA), Department of Educational Studies

Associate Professor Kari-Lynn Winters shows off the cover of her recent children’s book French Toast.

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 378
905 688 5550 x5494

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an Associate Professor at Brock University, where she teaches drama-in-education and language arts to teacher candidates. She holds a PhD from UBC in literacy education and the arts, a teaching degree from University of Toronto, and a BA and a certificate in drama/theater from Brock University and the National Theatre School of Canada. Her research interests include: authorship as assemblage, body image, embodied pedagogies, children’s literature, drama, and multimodal literacies. Kari-Lynn is also an award-winning children’s author, scholar, playwright, and performer.

  • Embodied pedagogies
  • Authorship as assemblage
  • Body image
  • Children’s literature
  • Drama and the arts in education

Profession Accreditation

  • OCT certificate with Drama and Dance Specialist; Special Education Specialist
  • ECE

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers
  • International Literacy Association
  • Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada
  • Writer’s Union of Canada

Jaipal-Jamani, K., Figg, C., Collier, C., Gallagher, T., Winters, KL., & Ciampa, K. (2018). Developing TPACK of university faculty through technology leadership roles. Italian Journal of Educational Technology. Retrieved from http://ijet.itd.cnr.it/article/view/984/932

Griffin, S., Rowsell, J., Winters, KL, Vietgen, P., McQueen-Fuentes., McLauchlan, D. (2017). A reason to respond: Finding agency through the arts. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 18(25), 2-23.

Winters, KL. & Code, M. (2017). I’m Perfect/imperfect: Dramatic explorations of bodies and embodied literacies in a Canadian community. Pedagogies, 12(1), 108-129.

Winters, KL. & Memme, L. (2017) “Digital inquiry and socio-critical negotiations in two early childhood classrooms.”  In Harwood, D. (Ed.) Crayons and iPads: Learning and teaching of young children in the digital world. London, UK: Sage.

Winters, KL., Figg, C., Potts, D. & Lenters, K. (2017). “Performing picture books as co-authorship: Audiences critically and semiotically interact with professional authors during author visits.”  In Nodelman, P., Reimer, M., & Hamer, N. (Eds.), New words about pictures. New York, NY: Routledge.

Winters, KL. & Gallagher, T. (2016). Historical perspectives of Canadian children’s picture books: An empirical study of Canadian literacy practices and the Canadian identity. Journal of Education and Social Policy,3(1), 2-10.

External Research Funding

Festival of Readers (2017-2018)
Source/Type: Writers’ Union of Canada
Amount: $1,000

Painting on the Walls of the Cave: Building Inter-Cultural Understandings Through Artistry  (2017-2018)
Source/Type: Multicultural Community Capacity Grant Co-investigator with Dr. Snezana Ratkovic
Amount: $2,280

Public Readings Grant (2016-2017)
Source/Type: Writers’ Union of Canada
Amount: $5,000

Mapping Futures: Building Capacity through Arts-Based Approaches to Literacy (2016-2017)
Source/Type: Cochrane Foundation Grant, Co-investigator with Dr. Jennifer Rowsell (PI)
Amount: $20,000

Crayons and iPads: Understanding young children’s meaning-making processes in learning to be literate (2013-2015)
Source/Type: SSHRC Insight Development Grant Collaborator with Dr. Debra Harwood (PI)
Amount: $75,000

Community Arts Zone (2013-2015)
Source/Type: SSHRC Insight Development Grant Collaborator with Dr. Jennifer Rowsell (PI)
Amount: $73,000

Internal Research Funding

Independent Study-EDUC 5P98 (2017-2018)
Source/Type: Experiential Course Development Grant
Amount: $1706

Decolonizing Canada (2016-2017)
Source/Type: R&D (Co-researcher with Dr. Snezana Ratkovic and Dr. Spy Denomme-Welch)
Amount: $1,000

Festival of Readers (2015-2016)
Source/Type: Dean’ Discretionary Fund
Amount: $1,000

Body Image: I’m not Perfect/imperfect (2014-2015)
Source/Type: Dean’ Discretionary Fund
Amount: $1,000

Engaging Authors: How Published Authors Inspire and Engage Elementary School Students (2014)
Source/Type: Dean’ Discretionary Fund
Amount: $1,250

  • PJI Drama Education (Concurrent) EDUC 8P33 and EDUC 8P23
  • PJI Drama Education (Consecutive) EDBE 8P48 and EDBE 8P58
  • PJI Dance Education (Consecutive) EDBE 8P48 and EDBE 8P58
  • PJ Language Arts (Concurrent) EDUC 8P30
  • PJ Language Arts (Consecutive) EDBE 8P34