Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D.
Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D., retired as Interim Associate Dean for Baccalaureate and Credential Programs at CSULB College of Education August 13, 2019. From 2012-2018, he served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at California State University, Long Beach. He has also directed the Masters of Arts in Education option in Reading/Language Arts. He coordinated the methods course EDEL 442 Teaching and Learning the Language Arts, K-8 for pre-service teaching credential candidates.
Paul served as Board Member of the California Reading Association and Editor of the California Reader.
His most recent books are Teaching ELLs to Read (2015) Routledge/Eye on Education; Helping ELLs Meet the Common Core: Assessment and Practical Strategies (2013) Routledge/Eye on Education; and Differentiated Early Literacy for English Language Learners: Practical Strategies, Pearson Education/Allyn & Bacon.
He served on the CSULB Provost’s Task Force on Instructional Technology. He chaired the University Faculty Advisory Committee on Technology at CSULB and chaired the University Awards Committee.
He worked in public schools for over 30 years teaching in all elementary school grades; and he was instrumental in the initiation of innovative bilingual programs including Spanish/English Gifted and Talented, and the first Title VII Cambodian Khmer/English programs in the State of California.
He served on the International Reading Association’s Language Diversity Committee and has served as Chair (2004-2008) of International Reading Association’s Commission on 2nd Language Literacy and Learning. He has also worked with Guatemalan teachers through the IRA affiliate Guatemalan Reading Counsel.
He worked with teacher educators at Normal Schools in Mixco and Nebaj, Guatemala in a collaborative educational development project with ADICOGUA, a Guatemalan non-governmental organization, with funding by GTZ, a German Foundation.
Inspired by Alexis O’Neill’s wonderful book, Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D., a nationally recognized educator and songwriter; and his brother Billy Batstone, an award winning composer, instrumentalist and singer, composed and produced “The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: The Musical” (2021) as a gift for teachers and families who love this book.
“The Great Kapok Tre”e is an American children’s picture book about rainforest conservation. It was written and illustrated by Lynne Cherry. The book is dedicated to Chico Mendes, a Brazilian environmental activist who was murdered in 1988.
“The Flower Children’s Musical” is inspired by Ruth Heller’s book, “The Reason for a Flower.” The songs were composed by Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D. Teachers will find it a ready resource to enhance their curriculum.
NEW FOR 2021!
The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: The Musical
The story of Homan Walsh’s 1848 kite flying contest over the Niagara Gorge now soars into song. Inspired by Alexis O’Neill’s wonderful book, Paul Boyd-Batstone, Ph.D., a nationally recognized educator and songwriter; and his brother Billy Batstone, an award winning composer, instrumentalist and singer, composed and produced “The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: The Musical” (2021) as a gift for teachers and families who love this book.
The musical resource kit is designed with all the tools needed for creating school performances or for simply enjoying the recorded music while reading the book, and it’s all made available to you for free!
The free musical resource kit includes the following:
- A complete 11 song musical with all original songs tracks + a bonus track, professionally performed and produced for listening enjoyment or rehearsal purposes (featuring on vocals, Billy Batstone and Lisa Bode Heard).
- The same 11 song musical tracks, but with lead vocals removed for performance purposes in a karaoke format.
- A Teacher’s Performance Guide, including detailed instructions for staging the musical, creating simple props, costuming, and performance sequencing. Additionally included for each song are instructional ideas, key vocabulary, and online activities for children.
- A book of sheet music for each song, and a lyric sheet set to make printed copy for singers.
Simply download the musical tracks and print materials, and you are ready to soar into song with Homan Walsh in the The KiteThat Bridged Two Nations.