Salmon, Angela K. Graduate Faculty



  • Dr. Angela K. Salmon is Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at Florida International University, founder and leader of the Visible Thinking South Florida initiative, and Habits of Mind Certified. Angela has a well-earned reputation for building learning communities of practice and empowering teachers to gain ownership in their teaching. Angela draws from progressive ideas that lead to authentic and meaningful learning with an emphasis on global learning. She has participated in COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) experiences with colleagues in Ecuador, Colombia, and Canada. After a COIL with Colombia, she traveled with a group of students to Colombia to visit schools and meet their COIL partners. She has contributed with keynote presentations and consulting through the USA, Canada, Central and South American Countries, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia. The Independent Schools of Victoria in Melbourne Australia invited her as a “Thinker in Residence.” Her research interest in the interplay between cognition, language, and literacy development led to a focus on language and literacy development, storytelling, play and music, children’s theory of mind, habits of mind, executive functions, metacognition, teacher’s discourse in the classroom and learning communities of practice. Her research draws from coaching teachers in the implementation of cutting-edge research ideas in the classroom. Her current research is on collective stories for influence. From her long-standing partnership with Harvard Project Zero and the Institute Habits of Mind, she has developed numerous research initiatives, national and international lectures, and publications. She chaired seven editions of the International Visible Thinking Conference and the 18th edition of the International Conference on Thinking (ICOT18).

    She holds a BS in School Psychology from a Catholic University in Ecuador, a master’s and Doctoral Degree in Education at the University of Cincinnati, and is certified in Habits of Mind trainer. Angela holds practical experience as a former kindergarten teacher; founder of The Joy of Learning, a Reggio-inspired preschool in Miami; Director of the School of Education at Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), and a founding member of USFQ lab school in Ecuador. Her Leadership was highlighted with a Worlds Ahead Faculty recognition at FIU.
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    Awards: World's Ahead Faculty Recognition (2011), Thinker in Residence, invitation by the Independent Schools of Victoria in Melbourne Australia

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  • Early Childhood education
    Interplay between cognition, language and literacy development
    Children's theory of mind, habits of mind, executive functions and metacognition
    Language and literacy development as a result of teacher's discourse in the classroom
    Implementation of play and music
    Building communities of practice

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  • Angela Salmon


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