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George Mason University
Fairfax Campus
Thompson Hall 2506
4400 University Dr.
MS 1E8
Fairfax, VA 22030

Profile

April A Mattix Foster is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education, College of Education and Human Development.  She joined the Mason faculty in 2012.  Dr. Mattix Foster teaches courses in international education and the International Baccalaureate. 

Dr. Mattix Foster received her PhD in Language, Literacy and Culture from the University of Pittsburgh, her MAT in Elementary Education and Secondary Social Studies Education from Chatham University, her MA in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, and her BA in History and Political Science from Saint Francis University.  Professionally, Dr. Mattix Foster taught middle and elementary school at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA, Golden Door Charter School in Jersey City, NJ, The Anglo American School of Moscow, Russia, and The International School of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  

Recent Publications

Journals

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Ramos, K. A. (2017). Advocating for English learners. Early Years Bulletin, 4(4), 5-7.

Mattix Foster, A. A., Khoshen, S. & Wrightsman, K. (2017).  The future of international schools: Fostering global competence.  InterED 44(123), 29-34.

Crawford, P. A. & Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017).  All the colors of the world: Color explorations with young children.  Early Years Bulletin 4(3), 6-8..

Sobolak, M., Mattix Foster, A. A. & Crawford, P. A.  (2017).  Validating the visual: Illustrations as mentor texts. Childhood Education 23(2), 176-180.

Crawford, P. A., Sobolak, M., & Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017).  Knowing and growing with mentor texts. Childhood Education, 93(1), 82-86.

Ramos, K. & Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016). Connecting home and school for English learners. Early Years Bulletin, 4(2)11-12.

Sobolak, M. & Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016).  Sharing the pen: Interactive writing in the early years.  Early Years Bulletin, 3(4), 8-9.

Drake Patrick, J. & Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016).  Supporting military-connected children in the classroom.  Early Years Bulletin, 3(3), 8-9.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Daly, K. (2016).  Creating global citizens: Using attitudes and action to teach character education.  Childhood Education, 92(1), 80-85.

Mattix Foster, A. A., Cunningham, H. B. & Wrightsman, K. (2015).  Using service-learning as a tool to develop intercultural understanding.  Journal of International Social Studies5(2), 54-68.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Drake Patrick, J. (2015).  Promoting science inquiry: Text sets as a gateway to learning.  Making Literacy Connections, 30, 17-23.

Shaklee, B., Mattix Foster, A. A. & Lebron, J. (2015).  Meeting the needs of a changing landscape: New innovations in international teacher preparation.  Journal of International Schools, 35(1), 46-55.

Sobolak, M. & Mattix Foster, A. A. (2015).  Word sorts: Using word building blocks to bolster literacy development.  Early Years Bulletin, 3(1), 19-21.

Mattix, A. A. & Sobolak, M. (2013).  The gender journey in picturebooks: A look back to move forward.  Childhood Education, 90(3), 229-233.

Sobolak, M. & Mattix, A. A. (2012).  The power of children’s literature as a literacy instructional tool.  Focus on Elementary, 25(1), 1-5.

Mattix, A. A. (2011).  Teaching around the globe: The world of the Third-Culture Kids. Focus on Elementary, 24(1), 6.

Mattix, A. A., & Crawford, P. A. (2011).  Connecting the Dots: Exploring Themes in Adoption Picturebooks. Early Childhood Education Journal, 39(5), 313-321. 

Book Chapters

Shaklee, B., Mattix Foster, A. A. & Baily, S.  (2017).  Globalization: Defining the terrain.  In N. Aloni & L. Weintrob (Eds.), Beyond Bystanders: Educational Leadership for a Humane Culture in a Globalizing Reality.  Sense Publishers: Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Sobolak, M. & Mattix, A. A. (2014).  Using children’s literature to explore positive gender role models.  In J. Dowdy and K. Cushner (Eds.) From the margins toward the mainstream: Activities to enhance social justice awareness in literacy education and the arts.  Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham, MD.

Fitzgerald, J. & Mattix, A. A. (2014).  Person like me.  In K. Cushner and J. Dowdy (Eds.) From the margins toward the mainstream: Activities to enhance social justice awareness in social studies and the social foundations of education.  Rowman and Littlefield: Lanham, MD.

Shaklee, B. & Mattix, A. A. (2013). Connecting theory to practice: Continuity in teacher development.  In M. Hayden and J. Thompson (Eds.) Exploring issues of continuity: The IB in a wider context.  John Catt Education: Saxmundham.

Reports

Bland, L. C., Miller, A., Mattix Foster, A. A., Sapp, E., Knipe, J., Ramirez, E., Gallagher, M., Apollon, M., Konapasky, A., & Menditto, A. (2014). Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education Scale-Up Initiative: Evaluation Report. National Geographic Society, Washington, DC.

Other Information

Recent Honors

George Mason Unviersity Excellence in Teaching Award (2017).

Refeered Presentations

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, May).  Conceptualizing the internationalization of educationPaper presented at the International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Education, Boston, MA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Ramos, K. (2017, March).  Preparing teachers to advocate for equity for PK-12 English learners at home and abroad.  Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Virginia Association of College Teachers and Educators (VACTE), Williamsburg, VA. 

Parsons, A.W., Parsons, S. A., Patrick, J. D., Mattix Foster, A. A., Irish, C., Sell, C. Picard, M.,     Silver, L. W., & Bartolini, M. C. (2016, December). The impact of sustained literacy professional learning on teachers’ knowledge and instruction. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), Nashville, TN.

Parsons, A. W., Parsons, S., Mattix Foster, A. A., Irish, C., Drake Patrick, J., Bartolini, M.C., Silver, L., & Ewaida, M.  (2016, November). The process of developing an effective early literacy professional learning institute: Year two.  Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers (ALER), Myrtle   Beach, SC.

Parsons, A.W., Parsons, S. A., Patrick, J. D., Mattix Foster, A. A., Irish, C., Sell, C. Picard, M., Silver, L. W., & Bartolini, M. C. (2016, December). The impact of sustained literacy professional learning on teachers’ knowledge and instruction. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Literacy Research Association (LRA), Nashville, TN.

Mattix Foster, A. A., Sobolak, M. J. & Solum, K.  (2016, May).  Children’s literature: The potential bridge to social justice education.  Paper presented at the International Journal    of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) International Conference for Education, Boston, MA.

Shaklee, B. D., Mattix Foster, A. A. & Lebron, J. (2016, May).  Developing critical assessments in IB teacher preparation programs.  Workshop presented at the International Baccalaureate Educators (IBEC) University Conference, Kent, OH.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Sobolak, M. J.  (2016, March).  Using children’s literature to teach social justice.  Poster presented at the Association for Childhood Education   International’s (ACEI) Institute for Global Diplomacy Education, San José, Costa Rica. 

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Wrightsman, K. (2016, January).  Building school culture through intercultural competency.  Workshop presented at the Council of International Schools Symposium on Intercultural Learning, London, UK.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Solum, K.  (2016, January).  Internationalizing teacher preparation.  Paper presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Mattix Foster, A. A., Sobolak, M. J. & Solum, K.  (2016, January).  Reading social justice: Using children’s literature for equity and action.  Poster presented at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, HI.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Solum, K.  (2015, May).  Globalizing teacher preparation: Integrating internationalization into university preparatory classes.  Poster presented at NAFSA International Education Annual Conference, Boston, MA. 

Mattix Foster, A. A., Solum, K. & Cambridge, D.  (2015, March).  Global education for teachers project.  Paper presented at Association for Childhood Education International’s    (ACEI) Institute for Global Diplomacy Education, Washington, DC. 

Sobolak, M. J. & Mattix Foster, A. A.  (2015, March).  Girls on the run: An examination of females in children's literature.  Round table presented at the Association for Childhood Education International’s (ACEI) Institute for Global Diplomacy Education, Washington, DC. 

Mattix Foster, A.A. & Merz, S. A.  (2014, December).  International teachers’ perceptions of literacy in multilingual classrooms.  Poster prsented at the Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Marco Island, FL.

Mattix, A. A. & Solum, K.  (2014, April).  Reading social justice: Using children’s literature for equity and action.  Poster presented at the Association for Childhood Education International’s (ACEI) Global Summit on Childhood, Vancouver, Canada.

Sobolak, M. J. & Mattix, A. A.  (2014, April).  Gender depiction in children’s literature: A historical review. Paper presented at the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference, Leipzig, Germany.

Bland, L. C., Shaklee, B. D., Kitsantas, A., Miller, A. D., & Mattix, A. A.  (2014, April).  A new paradigm for gifted program evaluation: From standards to utility using research-driven guidelines.  Round table presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Cushner, K., Mahon, J., Soppelsa, B., Emert, H., & Mattix, A. A.  (2013, November). Innovative approaches to enhancing the international and intercultural dimension in teacher education.  Workshop presented at the Society for Intercultural Education Training and Research (SIETAR) Annual Conference, Arlington, VA.

Mattix, A. A. & Daly, K.  (2013, April).  Character education and the Primary Years Programme.  Poster presented at the Association for Childhood Education International’s (ACEI) Institute for Global Education, Washington, DC.

Sobolak, M. & Mattix, A. A.  (2013, April).  The power of children’s literature as a literacy instructional tool.  Paper presented at the European Teacher Education Network (ETEN) Annual Conference, Hasselt, Belgium.

Mattix, A. A.  (2012, October).  Home is Where the heart is: The concept of home identity and Third Culture Kids. Paper presented for the Alliance for International Education (AEI) Annual Conference, Doha, Qatar.

Mattix, A. A.  (March, 2012).  Home is where the heart is: TCK's and the question of home”.  Paper presented at the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) Global Summit on Childhood, Washington, DC. 

Sobolak, M. & Mattix, A. A.  (2012, February).  Reading specialist candidates: Are preservice teaching programs doing enough?  Round table presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) Annual Conference, Hilton Head, SC. 

Mattix, A. A. (2011, November).  Connecting the dots: Exploring themes in adoption picturebooks. Poster presented at the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE) Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. 

Invited Presentations

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, July).  The development of higher education in the United States. Workshop presented for Jiangsu Normal University, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, July).  Integrating innovation into teaching higher education.  Workshop presented for Dalian Neusoft University, George Mason University, Fairfax,VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, March). Global citizenship education.  Presentation for Fairfax County School District’s Globalizing Your Classroom program.  Robinson High School, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, February).  Innovations in teaching.  Workshop presented for Changping Teachers Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, February).  Innovations in teaching.  Workshop presented for Jiangsu Province Business Professors Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2017, January). Supporting English learners.  Presentation for the Greater Washington Literacy Council.  Edward L. Kelly Leadership Center, Manassas, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016, November). Global competence.  Presentation for the Peace Corps Global Competence Training for Educators Program.  Peace Corps Headquarters, Washington, DC.     

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016, November). Global citizenship education.  Presentation for Fairfax County School District’s Globalizing Your Classroom program.  Fairfax County High School, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016, September).  Building global competency in teacher preparation programs. Presentation for International Education at George Washington University Seminar Series: Building Teacher Global Competency, a Focus on Teacher Education   and Professional Development.  George Washington University, Washington DC.

Mattix Foster, A. A. (2016, September).  Innovative teaching methods.  Workshop presented for Ningxia Teaching Innovation Capability Advancement for Elementary and Secondary School Teachers Training Program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. Interactive Teaching Strategies.  (2016, September). Workshop presented for George Mason University-University of Management and Technology Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research (CFETR) program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A.  (2016, August).  Intercultural competence.  Workshop presented for Fulbright Fellows, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. Assessment in higher education.  (2016, April).  Workshop presented for George Mason University-University of Management and Technology Collaboration for Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Research (CFETR) program, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix Foster, A. A. & Wrightsman, K. (2015, September).  Intercultural competence. Workshop presented for Fulbright Fellows, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix, A. A. & Drake-Patrick, J.  (2013, October).  Military connected children in school settings. Workshop presented for Stratford Landing Elementary School, Fairfax County, VA.

Sturtevant, B. & Mattix, A. A. (2013, August).  Improving reading outcomes: A comparison of instructional approaches.  Panel Moderator for USAID Global Education Summit: State of the Field, State of the Art, Washington DC.

Mattix, A. A. (2013, August).  Models of teaching.  Presentation for the Beijing Technology and Business University, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix, A. A. (2013, June).  The study of teaching.  Presentation for NUST, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix, A. A.  (2013, March). The power of picturebooks in early childhood literacy and   development.  Workshop presentation for Literacy and Society, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.

Mattix, A. A. (2012, October).  Professional development: Continuing education for educators.  Presentation for a U.S. Department of State sponsored visit by the Ministry of Education of the Bahamas, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

Mattix, A. A.  (2011, March).  English language learning and young children.  Presentation for Introduction toEarly Childhood Education courses, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

Mattix, A. A.  (2011, February).  Understanding the ELL experience.  Presented to Teaching English Language Learners courses, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.