Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters

Professor (PhD, MA), Department of Educational Studies

Available for graduate advisement.

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

St. Catharines, ON
905 688 5550 x5494

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is a Professor at Brock University, where she teaches drama-in-education, dance-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/Dance and the arts in education
  • Multimodal Authorship
  • Arts integration
  • Literacy
  • Teacher education
  • Embodied literacies
  • Critical positioning
  • Immigrant education
  • Mental Health

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

Academic Book Contributions and Refereed Journal Articles

Winters, KL., Ratković, S., Hands, C. (In Progress—September, 2023). The arts cure: Innovating equitable education and during and after the pandemic. Proposal accepted. In B. Andrews (Ed.), Arts Education: A global affair. Brill Publishers.

Winters, KL., & Griffin, S. M., & Ismailos, L. (In Progress–September 21, 2022). Synchronicities and tensions in and outside of elementary classrooms: Perspectives on building collaborative, artful experiences. Proposal accepted. In H. Mreiwed, M. R. Carter, S. Hashem, & C. Blake-Amarante (Eds.), Looking back to look forward: Making connections in and through arts-based educational research. Cham, Switzerland: SpringerBrief.

Winters, K.L., Gallagher, T.L., & Potts, D. (2022).  Creativity, collaboration, and cross-age mentorships using STEM-infused texts. The Elementary STEM Journal, 27(2), 7-14. 

Winters, KL., Ratković, S., Longboat, C., Dénomme-Welch, S. (2022). Building Intercultural Mentorship, Wellness, and Wholistic Practice in Graduate Education: Scholarly Reflections on Playbuilding, Storytelling, and the Arts. Proposal accepted. In Ratković, S (Eds.), Monograph. Cham, Switzerland: Taylor and Francis.

Winters, KL., Longboat, C., Ratković, S., Dénomme-Welch, S., Varghese, A., Ahmed, N., Miranda, H., & Yang, S. (2020). Displacement and belonging in Canada: Building reconciliation through literature, theatre, poetry, and film. In C. Parayre (Ed.), Im/migrant passages: Crossing visual, spatial and textual boundaries (pp. 126-139). Small Walker Press. http://hdl.handle.net/10464/14942

Griffin, S. M., Winters, KL., Vietgen, P., McQueen-Fuentes, G., McLauchlan, D., & Rowsell, J. (2020). Communities and constructions of zones: Inclusions of diverse learners through artistry and literacy. In Andrews, B. (Ed.), Perspectives on arts education research in Canada (pp. 1-25). Brill Publishers. ISBN 978-90-04-40518-9 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004431409_001

Gallagher, T. & Winters, KL. (2020). Critical secrets: Tensions between authoring texts and the readability of leveled books. Educational Role of Language Journal. 1(3), 77-90. https://doi.org/10.36534/erlj.2020.01.06

Winters, KL. (2019). Behind the scenes: A children’s book publishing assemblage. Teaching and Learning. 12(1), 31-48. https://doi.org/10.26522/tl.v12i1.453

Winters, KL, Wiebe, N., & Saudelli, M. (2019). Writing on writing: Collaborative writing and photographic analyses from an academic writing retreat. In Simmons, N. and Singh, A. (Eds.), Collaborative critical communities: Academic writing partnerships, collaborations, and retreats (pp. 149-170). Brill Publishers. ISBN 978-90-04-41097-8 https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004410985

Winters, KL., & Code, M. (2019). I’m Perfect/imperfect: Dramatic explorations of bodies and embodied literacies in a Canadian community. In Rowsell, J. (Ed.), The art and craft of literacy pedagogy (pp. 108-129). Routledge. ISBN 978-1138389045

Ratkovic, S., Winters, KL.,  Dénommé-Welch, S.,  Longboat, C., Di Cesare, D., Spratt, B., Miranda, H., Kitchings, S., Magowan, C., Taylor, M., Rana, B., Vinod, S., Yang, S., Ahmed, N., Scott-England, S., Vatghese, A., Brant, J., Sault, V., & Tian, S. (2019). Five poems: Artistic pedagogy of the migrant soul. Teaching and Learning, 12 (1), 15-31.

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.

Winters, KL. & Sherritt-Fleming, L. (2018). Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry and Whiteside.

Winters, KL. (2018). On my swim. Vancouver, BC: Tradewind Books.

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.  (2017). On my bike. Vancouver, BC: Tradewind Books.

Winters, KL. (2017). On my skis. Vancouver, BC: Tradewind Books.

Winters, KL. (2017). Best Pirate. Toronto, ON: Pajama Press.

St. Kateri/NCDSB/Niagara Conservation Authority Storywalk (2018-2019)
Source/Type: Dean’s Discretionary Fund (Co-researcher with Dr. Joe Barrett)
Amount: $1,500

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

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

  • 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