Jamal Cooks

Faculty Member
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Dr. Jamal Cooks is the Interim Associate Director of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program and a professor in the Secondary Education department at San Francisco State University. Dr. Cooks taught middle school and high school social studies and English (remedial coursework) at the community college level.

On he national level, Dr. Cooks has been a co-author of the "Shades of Literacy" column in Voices from the Middle, a reviewer for the English Journal, and an active member of the National Council for Teachers of English, including serving as a voting member of the Middle Level Steering Committee, which provides insight on policy issues related to early adolescents.

On the state level, Dr. Cooks has served as a member of the Center for the Advancement of Reading,  and as a member of the Secondary Literacy Task Force and the Faculty Advisory Committee of the California State University system.

Education

  • Ph.D.,The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2002
  • MA.,The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996
  • California Teaching Credential, California State University-Hayward, 1995
  • B.A.,The University of California At Berkeley, 1993

PUBLICATIONS

Referred Journal Articles

  • Nasir, N, and Cooks, J. (2009). Track literacy: Learning to run and becoming a runner. Anthropology and Education, 40(1), 41-61.

  • Fleming, D., Unrau, D., Cooks, J., Davis, J., Farnan, H., & Grisham, D. (2007). A California State University initiative to improve adolescent reading in all content areas. Teacher 
Education Quarterly, 34(3), 5-17.

  • Cooks, J. (2004). Writing for something: The nexus among raps, essays, and expository organizational patterns of African American adolescents. English Journal, 94(1),72-76.

  • Cooks, J. & Epstein, T. (2000). Dissin’ democracy? African American adolescents’ concepts of citizenship. Journal of Social Studies Research, 24(2), 10-20.

  • Cooks, J. (1998). Let’s get it started: Teaching teachers how to implement a culturally relevant pedagogy. Trotter Review, 11(1), 43-45.

  • Ball, A., Williams, J., & Cooks, J. (1997). An Ebonics-based curriculum: The educational value. Thought and Action, 8(2), 39-50.

Book Chapters

  • Jocson, K. and Cooks, J. (2011). Popular Culture and Teaching. In V. Kinloch,  Critical perspectives on education in urban settings.

  • Cooks, J. and Ball, A. (2009). Research on the literacies of African American vernacular English speaking adolescents. In L. Christenbury, R. Bomer, & P. Smagorinsky (eds.), Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research.  (pp. 140-152).

In Review

  • Cooks, J., and Perry, T. (in review). Popular Culture and Literacy for Educators. Book proposal submitted to Peter Lang.
  • Cooks, J. and Sunseri, A. (in review) Leveling the Playing Field: The Efficacy of Thinking Maps on English Language Learner Student’s Writing. Article submitted to The TESOL Journal.
  • Cooks, J. and Lord-Walker, J. (in review). Bringing it Back Home: Exploring the Benefits of an African Centered Education for Urban Students. Article submitted to Urban Education.

Unpublished Manuscripts

  • Cooks, J. (in progress). When Failure is not an Option. The Nexus Among Academics, Athletics, and Achievement in Life. . Book proposal submitted to Teachers College Press.
  • Cooks, J. and Allender, D. (in progress). Pathways to literacies across the content areas: Teaching pre- credential teachers how to use an innovative online website to build literacy skills in the 21st century. Article to be submitted to English Education.
  • Cooks, J. and Cooks, C. (in review). Plugging the holes: Issues that impact a successful after school tutorial program. THE FORUM, the International Journal of the World Council for Curriculum and Instruction.

Other Published Non-Referred Scholarly Work

  • Video- The Urinary System: Hip Hop in Science. Gateways to Science Careers, Stanford University. 2012
  • Video- The Digestive System: Hip Hop in Science. Gateways to Science Careers, Stanford University. 2012
  • Klingner, J., Lesaux, N., Goetz, S., Cooks, J., and Soltero-Gonzalez, L. (2010).
  • IRA Commission on RTI: Meeting the Needs of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Document posted for Commission on RTI.
  • The impact of care: Young African American Males’ Perceptions of In-Home, One-on-One tutoring. Book Review for Edwin Mellen Press. 2010
  • Response to Intervention: Guiding Principles for Educators form the International Reading Association. 2010
  • The Tutoring Reader: Articles, Activities, and Resources for Community Based Organizations. 2006
  • Enhancing Secondary Physical Education Methods Courses: Principles and Resources for Literacy Infusion. 2005
  • Principles & Resources: Enhancing CSU Single Subject Reading Courses. Prepared by the Single Subject Reading Task Force of The California State University. 2004.
  • Quintero, K. and Cooks, J. (2002) Teaching to the Test when one size doesn’t fit all. Voices from the Middle, 10, 2, 56-57.
  • Quintero, K. and Cooks, J. (2002) Hip Hop as authentic poetry. Voices from the Middle, 10, 2, 56-57.
  • Presentations and workshops
  • Cooks, J. (August, 2012). Writing, Writting, and Writin’: Promoting Writing Across the Curriculum. Ile Omode Teacher In-Service. Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (August, 2012). Communicating with Sensitivity. Doctoral Program at San Francisco State University . San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2012). The Time is Now: Making Support Structures for Student Success. The College Board. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (February, 2012). Academics, Athletics, and Academics: When Failure is not an Option. Mills College. Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2011). Using Popular Culture in the Classroom: Blogging, Rapping, animating, and Wiki-ing in the 21st Century Classroom. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English. Chicago, IL.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2011). Powerful English Education for the 21st Century.
  • Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Chicago, IL.
  • Cooks, J. and Mahiri, J. (October, 2011). Re-authoring Literacy: Rewriting Player/Scholar Identities. Florida International University. Miami, FL.
  • Cooks, J. (September, 2011). “The ABC’s of Getting to College” Imani Community Church, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (June, 2011). Rediscovering Praxis: Connections and Community in English Teacher Education for the NCTE Conference on English Education, Fordum University, New York, New York.
  • Cooks, J. (June, 2011). Rewrite the Past with a New Pen for the Future. Keynote Speaker. Ralph Bunche High School graduation. Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2011). Do the Dougie: Utilizing Langauge, Literacy, and Culture to Build Literacy Skills. Mills College. Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. and Mahiri, J. (February, 2011). Staying Balanced as a Student Athlete: Beginning, During, and Beyond. Florida International University. Miami, FL.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2010). Popular Culture in the Classroom: Social Justice, Politics, and Empowerment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English. Orlando, FL.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2010). Runnin’ for my Literate Life: Lessons learned for sports literacy for teachers and students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English. Orlando, FL.
  • Cooks, J. (September, 2010). Language, Literacy, and Culture: Making it happen for all students. Paper presented at annual meeting of the New York City Elementary School Principals Association. Jamica Queens: New York.
  • Cooks, J. (January, 2010). The Dream is still alive. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Luncheon- Keynote speaker. Foothill Community College
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2009). “Shifting the Paradigm and Rocking the Boat: Teaching Writing to Reluctant Secondary Writers”.Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Cooks, J. (January, 2009). Literacies in the 21st Century. Paper presented at professional development day for GUSD. Gary, IN.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2008). “Pick Up the Pencil and Write: Providing hands on strategies to build writing skills”. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Cooks, J. (June, 2008). “Keep your eyes to the sky”. Keynote speaker at the Unity High School graduation. Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (March, 2008). Chronicle your life with valuable writing instruction. Paper presented at the professional development day for NYSD. New York, New York.
  • Cooks, J. (February, 2008). From College Drop out to Graduation: Using hip hop to teach literacy. Paper presented at the METRO Center at New York University. New York, New York.
  • Cooks, J (January, 2008). Straight to the paper: Basic Writing Instruction Development. Paper presented at professional development day for BUSD. Buffalo, NY.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2007). Urban scripts, texts, and voices: writing across the curriculum in middle school classrooms. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2007). So you want to be a high school teacher?. Panel member at Career Day at Mills College. Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (July, 2007). Poetry in Pedagogy: A Teacher’s Institute. Panel member at the Annual Meeting of Youth Speaks. San Jose, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (July, 2007). What can educators do about No Child Left Behind?. Keynote speaker at the Annual meeting of Iota Phi Lambda Sorority. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2007). Keep aiming high. Keynote speaker at the Annual McDonald's Charitable Foundation awarded scholarships to San 
Francisco. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (February, 2007). The Achievement Gap: Is it closing, widening or staying the same? Presentation for the Social Studies teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (December, 2006). The African-American 
Achievement Gap in History Education: What the Current Academic Research Says. Presentation for the Social Studies teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2006). The NCTE Guidelines from the Middle Level Perspective. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English. Nashville, TN.
  • Cooks, J. (October, 2006). “Being a product of your environment.” Guest speaker at Unity High School, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (October, 2006). “Bringing It to the Real: Using Popular Culture and Hip Hop in the Elementary Classroom.” Ohio School District, Dayton, Ohio.
  • Cooks, J. (September, 2006). “What is being a good friend and teammate.” Guest speaker at Washington Elementary School, Berkeley, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (September, 2006). “What is being a good friend and teammate.” Guest Speaker at Nystrom Elementary School, Richmond, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (September, 2006). “Gender Roles in the Black Family.” Featured speaker in the Ethnic Studies Department. U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (August, 2006). Incorporating Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Across Content Areas. Teacher Professional Development, Skyline High School, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2006). “Working in the Schools: Motivating K-12 Students for Academic Success.” UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Cooks, J. (January, 2006). Using Best Teaching Practices in Elementary School. Chicago School District, Chicago, Ill
  • Cooks, J. (December, 2005). From the tower to the power: Putting Theory into practice with students in public schools. Featured speaker in the Ethnic Studies Department. U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (August, 2005). Making the grade: How to be a Successful Students. Making Waves Youth Summit, San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2005). “From point A to Z: Getting to College.” Bethel Community Church, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2005). Rapping in the City: Using Hip Hop to Build Literacy Skills of Urban Students. Featured speaker at the annual meeting of the International Reading Association.
  • Cooks, J. (February, 2005). “Hanging Around the Town: Adolescents, Literacy, and Hip Hop.” Presentation at the annual ASCEND Conference. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (February, 2005). “The ABC’s of Getting to College-Part II” Imani Community Church, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (January, 2005). “Working across the lines: Finding creative ways to infuse a health
  • conscious curriculum.” Presentation at the annual African American Health Summit Conference.
  • Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (December, 2004).“Enhancing Single Subject Reading Courses: Recommendations
  • and Resources from the Single Subject Reading Task Force (SSRTF). Paper presented at Center
  • for the Advancement of Reading Regional Conference. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2004). Reading the Race: Adolescents, Sports Literacy and Academic
  • Achievement. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of
  • English. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2004). Hip Hop Music Literacy: Trends, Challenges, & New
  • Considerations. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council of Teachers of
  • English. San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2004). “The ABC’s of Getting to College” Imani Community Church, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (October, 2004). “Finding the right fit: Tutoring strategies for Urban Students.”
  • Academics For Success, Oakland, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (October, 2004). “Sports Literacy as a Teaching Tool for Literacy Development.” San
  • Francisco State University-Department of Secondary Education Brown Bag Series. San
  • Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (August, 2004). “Run, Jump, Shoot: Balancing Academics and Athletics.” Making Waves Youth Summit, San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (July, 2004).“Being the best: Lessons Learned.” Panel member at Laney College-KDOL, Oakland CA.
  • Cooks, J. (June, 2004). “Making Ends Meet: Using the hip hop Circuit to develop literacy skills.
  • Paper presented at the 15th annual mid-South Reading & Writing Institute. Birminigham, AL.
  • Cooks, J. (February, 2004). “Working towards the middle: The connections between hip-hop, the
  • Web and Learning.” Paper presented at Center for the Advancement of Reading Regional
  • Conference. San Jose, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (August, 2003). “The View After a Year or Two at SFSU.” Panel member at the San
  • Francisco State New Faculty Orientation, San Francisco, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (July, 2003). Keepin’ it True to the game: Linking students Literacy through a culturally
  • relevant pedagogy. Lecture presented in a principal leadership class at University of California at
  • Berkeley.
  • Cooks, J. (June, 2003). What is Literacy? Lecture presented in a principal leadership class at
  • University of California at Berkeley.
  • Cooks, J. (May, 2003). “Making Today the Best Tomorrow Possible: A graduation Celebration.”
  • Daraja Graduation Celebration at Chabot Community College, Hayward, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (April, 2003). “Using Popular Culture as a teaching tool in the classroom.” Paper presented at Center for the Advancement of Reading Regional Conference. Sacramento, CA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2002). Critical Pedagogies, and Critical Literacies: Race, Ethnicity, and
  • Gender in Classrooms and Research. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National
  • Council of Teachers of English, Atlanta, GA.
  • Cooks, J. (November, 2002). “Expository writing to make the grade.” Committee for Equity and
  • Social Justice, San Francisco, CA.
  • Scholarly Evaluations and Community Acknowledgments
  • “ Bishop O’Dowd Cross Country Ochestra” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imW6DUXVaO8
  • Oakland, CA. August 2012.
  • “Bishop O’Dowd Coaches Bring Success With Them”, Oakland Tribune, November 2011.
  • “Coach Jamal Cooks Adjusts to New Surroundings at Bishop O'Dowd”. Montclarion Newspaper. September 2011.
  • “Back to School Tips for Members”. California Teachers Association Magazine. September 2010.
  • “Class Dismissed: The Teacher Shortage” by Antonio Rameriez. Wiretap www.wiretapmag.org.
  • November, 2009.
  • “Newsmakers” by Staff Writers. SFSU Campus Memo. August 27, 2007.
  • “Rappin About Literacy Activism” by Tomas Palermo. Wiretap www.wiretapmag.org. July 13, 2007.
  • “Castro Valley High Programs Promote Unity” by Chanelle Brown. Xpress.sfu.edu/archives/bamma/006737.html.September 14, 2006.
  • “Zsa Boykin’s Chair Initiative: Hip Hop to Learn Writing” by Sarah Robbins. The Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project Forum. June 18, 2006.
  • “Possible Standarized College Test gets Mixed Response from SF State Faculty” by Anne Greifenstein. Golden Gate Express. March 2, 2006.
  • “Banking on Education: Which Type of High School is Right for Your Child?” by Christina Mitchell. City Flight Magazine. September 1, 2005.
  • “A Professor Now, Still Passionate”, by Brenda Payton. Oakland Tribune. March 29, 2005.
  • “Professional Communities at Work: Poetry” by The National Council of Teachers for English.
  • March, 18, 2005.
  • “Jamal Cooks- Portrait of a Volunteer” by Staff Writer. National Council
  • for Teachers of English. September 1, 2004.
  • “Tracking the Exercise-Achievement Link” by M. Hurst. Education Week. July 28, 2004.
  • “For Teacher, Rap has Rhyme and Reason” by T. Hobbs. The Dallas Morning News. October 13, 2003.
  • “Teacher Puts a Beat to Studying” by T . Hobbs. The Dallas Morning News. October 13, 2003. Also appeared in the Centre Daily Times (PA), The Times Leader (PA), and The Pioneer Press (St. Paul Minneapolis, MN.
  • “Jamal Cooks- Hip Hop and Writing” by Christina Holmes. SFSU Campus Memo. October 6, 2003.
  • Interviews
  • “ShotSpotter, Inc. Gives Youth a Shot at Success”, Interview by Aneesah Dryver, September 2011,
  • http://content.postnewsgroup.com/?p=14445
  • “A New Team”, Interview by Mike Temple for Bay Preps, September 2011, feed://www.baypreps.com/tag/mike-temple/feed/
  • “Education Reform” Interview by Tiffany Mack Fitzgerald on Tiff Talks, August 2011, http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/mini.cgi?station_name=religazine&site=pro...
  • “Fall Training Tour With Coach Cooks of CA Track Club”, Interview by Pacific Association United States America Track and Field, December 2010. http://pausatf.org/data/2011/youth/interview_catc.htm.
  • “CATC Recruitment” Interviewed by James Calhoun. September, 2009. http://www.elevenfourproductions.com/CATCRecruitment.mp4
  • “Starting school”. Interview by Kymm Wilson for Ground Level Perspective. August 2010. http://media.podcastingmanager.com/4/4/0/0/6/170294160044/Media/GLP%20f%...
  • “Californians at Idaho” Interview by dyestatcal.com, February, 2009. http://archive.dyestatcal.com/?pg=dyestatcal-2009-News-February-07-CATC-....

COMMUNITY SERVICE
National Service
National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE)
2010-present Conference on English Education
• CEE Cultural Diversity Grant Committee- Chair
• Commission on Social Justice in Teacher Education Programs- Vice Chair
• Emig Award- Committee Member
• CEE Task Force on Alternative Route Certification- Committee Member
• Commission Liaison- Arts and Literacies
2012-present Russell Award- Committee Member
2008-present Early Career Teacher of Color Award of Distinction- Mentor
1995- present Black Caucus of NCTE- Chair of Nomination Committee
2003-2008 Middle Level Steering Committee
2003-2008 Reviewer for the English Journal
2003-2008 Reviewer for Voices from the Middle
2004-2006 Cultivating New Voices- Mentee
2002-2006 Race and Bias Committee
2003-2004 Future Leaders of Color Group
2003-2004 CEE Nominating Committee
2003-2004 Editor to the Voices from the Middle- Search Committee
2002-2003 NCTE National Conference-Local Planning Committee
2002-2003 Co-author of the Shades of Color Column in Voices From the Middle
2000-2003 Rainbow Strand Committee Member
1996- 2002 Reviewer for the Journal of Research in the Teaching of English
1999- 2001 Planning committee for National Council of Teachers of English Conference

The College Board
2012-present Maximizing Equity and Access Commission
2012-present Achieving Authentic College and Career Readiness
International Reading Association (IRA)
2008-2011 Response to Intervention Commission-Committee member
2009-2010 Response to Intervention Commission-Diversity Committee
State Service
Secondary Education Department at San Francisco State University
2009-2012 Secondary Education Department Retention, Tenure, and Promotion(Chair 2010-2012)
2002-2012 Secondary Education Department Graduate Committee (Chair 2008-2012)
2009-2010 Secondary Education Department Hiring Committee- Chair
2001-2005 Secondary Education Department Student Association (SEDSA)- Faculty Advisor
2003-2004 Secondary Education Department- Travel Committee
2002-2003 Secondary Education Department Hiring Committee
California State University System -College of Education
2012-present Ed.D. Doctoral Program- Executive Committee
2007-present Ed.D. Doctoral Faculty- Primary advisor to 6 doctoral students
2009-2011 Co-Coordinator for the College of Education Brown Bag Series
2001-2008 Social Justice and Equity Group
2005-2008 Graduate Committee
2002-2007 Teacher Research Institute Planning Group
2002-2007 Technology Planning Committee
2003-2004 African American Student Mentor Program - June Jordan Small School of Equity
California State University System
2012-present General Education Council- School of Education Faculty Representative
2004-2010 Human Subjects Committee- School of Education Faculty Representative- (Chair-2009)
2003-2006 California State University System- Single Subject Reading Task Force
2004-2005 California State University System- SSRTF Regional Conference Coordinator
2002-2005 California State University System- Center for the Advancement of Reading
2001-2002 Center for the Advancement of Reading Board member
Local Service
2012- present Fund a Dream- Committee Member
2011- present Bishop O’Dowd- Director of Cross Country and Track and Field
2003- present Young Scholar Athletes- Advisor
2002- present C.A. Track Team- Director
1990- present Creative Education- Board Member
2009- 2012 Imani Community Church Scholarship Ministry- Chair-2010-2011
2010-2012 Alpha Academy Mentoring Program- Chair
2004- 2012 Youth Speaks- Board of Education Member
2003- 2010 Community Education Builders-Board Member
2009- 2010 Leadership High School-Board Member
2002- 2008 Chabot College Daraja- Mentor
2002- 2008 Making Waves- Summer Leadership Faculty Advisor
2000- 2010 Skyline High School Track and Field Team-Head Coach
Professional Associations
2001-2013 California Alumni Association-University of California- Life Member
2001-2013 California African American Association of School Educators- Charter Member
1995-2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People- Life Member
1995-2013 National Alliance of Black School Educators (former president)- Life Member
1995-2013 American Educational Research Association
1995-2013 National Council of Teachers of English
1991-2013 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.- Life Member(undergraduate and graduate president 1995-2000 National
Alliance of Black School Educators-(grad chapter founder and president
1995-2002 Students of Color of Rackham- Former Chapter President- 1999-2000