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Michael D. Eisner College of Education

College of Education

Personnel Directory

Vanessa A Goodwin

Vanessa A Goodwin
Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education
Office:ED 2220
Phone:818 677 2596



Ph.D. in Education, University of California, Riverside


Mild/Moderate Disabilities


Professional Interests

Teacher preparation in urban schools, inclusive practices for children with mild/moderate disabilities, adolescent reading pedagogy, and instructional technology. Research interests include teaching reading to K-12 struggling readers, use of iPads and other technologies for reading intervention, teacher dispositions, and professional collaboration.


Vanessa has spent much of her career working with adolescent struggling readers both as a special education teacher and program specialist. She serves as Co-Director of the Special Education Literacy Clinic in the Teaching, Learning and Counseling Consortium (TLCC) at CSUN. Vanessa conducts research on evidence-based reading intervention in secondary settings and has presented at conferences and schools across the nation. She has authored several publications about K-12 reading pedagogy, teacher dispositions, and the use of technology with struggling readers. She teaches beginning and intermediate courses at CSUN for the Preliminary Education Specialist program and the Induction Program.