Dr. Lilia C. Dibello

Lilia DiBello, EdD

Associate Professor of Education
Degrees Held:

  • EdD in Curriculum and Instruction - Florida International University, 2001
  • MS in Reading/Language Arts - Early Childhood- Florida International University, 1995
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with Early Childhood Education - Tulane University, 1989

Career Highlights:

Dr. Lilia DiBello is an Associate Professor in the Adrian Dominican School of Education at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She is currently serving as an Associate Dean for the Curriculum, Pedagogy and Research Unit. This unit includes the BS (with MS option) in Education program, the Montessori graduate programs, the MS in Exceptional Student Education, the MS in Reading, the MS in Curriculum and Instruction and the PhD in Curriculum and Instruction programs. Dr. DiBello is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the National Association for Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE), Childhood Education International (CEI), the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA).

Dr. DiBello co-edited the special theme edition of Childhood Education journal which focused on School Readiness and Pre-Kindergarten Programs. She has an interest in teacher preparation, specifically early childhood professional development and her research has focused on self-regulated learning, technology in the early childhood classroom, and the education of Hispanic Americans. In 2012 she co-authored Hispanic/Latino American Families in the United States: An Introduction for Educators and Care Providers.

Dr. DiBello serves on the United Way Center for Excellence Advisory Board and the Board of the YWCA of Miami.

Nelson Mandela is credited with saying that "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." I aim for students to develop a love of life-long learning, and I believe this passion for learning will make a difference and it is what keeps me invested in scholarly pursuits.

Selected Publications (2000 - Present)

DiBello, L. (2017, September). Early Literacy: Invited Forward. Teachers on the Cutting Edge a Journal Publication of the Florida Reading Association, Volume 17, pp. 7-9.

Gesser, V. and DiBello, L. (Jan/Apr 2016). Educação para Ciência, Tecnologia, Engenharia e Matemática e as Relações com a Politica de Avaliação em Larga Escala na Educação Básica* STEM education plan and the relationships with large scale assessment policy. Educação, 41(1) 81 - 94.

Gesser, V. and DiBello, L. (Jan/Apr 2016). Educação para Ciência, Tecnologia, Engenharia e Matemática e as Relações com a Politica de Avaliação em Larga Escala na Educação Básica* STEM education plan and the relationships with large scale assessment policy. Educação, 41(1) 81 – 94.

DiBello, L. (Winter, 2013). One size does not fit all. South East Education Network SEEN Magazine, http://www.seenmagazine.us/articles/article-detail/articleid/3536/one-size-does-not-fit-all.aspx Issue 15.3, 110 – 112.

Monsalvatge, L., Long, K. and DiBello, L. (Fall 2013). Turning our world of learning inside out! Dimensions. SECA Outdoor Education theme edition publication, 41(3), 23 – 30.

Maldonado, N. and DiBello, L. (2012). Hispanic/Latino American families in the United States: An introduction for educators and care providers. Washington, D.C.: ACEI.

Farrell, J. and DiBello, L. (2009). Early Childhood Education. In Provenzo, E. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. Sage Publications, Inc.

DiBello, L. (September, 2009). Literacy in early childhood education. Contrapontos, 9(3), 32 – 41.

DiBello, L. (2008). The battle to provide developmentally appropriate educational experiences: Reflections from the field of early care and education. In Slater, J., Callejo, D. and Fain, S. (Eds.) The war against the professions: The impact of politics and economics on the idea of the university. Sense Publishers, B.V.

DiBello, L.C. (2005). Are we addressing the digital divide? Issues, access, and real commitment. Childhood Education, 81(4), 239 - 241.

DiBello, L. (2003). Mongolian Teens. Values, Customs and Practices. Chapter in the book Teen Life Around the World. Judith Slater (ed.) Greenwood Press.

Harlin, R.P. & DiBello, L.C. (2001). Improving beginning teachers' practices and communication through peer coaching. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, 22(2), 79 - 85.

Selected Presentations (2015 - Present)

Martinez, F. and DiBello, L. (2019). Helpful Neuroscience Teaching Practices for Early Childhood Educators. Presentation at the Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference. Presented on March 2, 2019 in Orlando, FL

Joseph, I. and DiBello, L. (2019). Embracing the Joy of Learning: Investigating How Young Children Perceive Learning. Presentation at the Southern Early Childhood Association Annual Conference. Presented on February 28, 2019 in Orlando, FL.

DiBello, L. and Kpenkaan, E. (2019, January 26). Fostering Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary Skills in the Montessori Classroom: Web-Based Resources. Presentation at the Montessori Florida Coalition Education Days Conference, Miami Shores, FL.

DiBello, L., Gesser, V. and Cortezia, W. (2016). The internationalization of higher education: An opportunity for social innovation. Presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International Global Summit on Childhood. March 31 - April 3, 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Ban, R., DiBello, L. and Gesser, V. (2016). Higher order thinking in graduate studies: An exploratory study. Presentation at the The Qualitative Research (TQR) 7th Annual Conference. Presented on January 15, 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Long, K., Monsalvatge, L. and DiBello, L. (2015). Increasing self-regulation of young children through outdoor learning experiences. Presentation at the National Association of the Education of Young Children Annual Conference. Presented on November 19, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

DiBello, L., Mirabal, J. and Joseph, I. (2015). The power of mentoring and collegial coaching in supporting the development of early childhood professionals. Presentation at the National Association of the Education of Young Children Annual Conference. Presented on November 20, 2015 in Orlando, FL.

Ban, R., DiBello, L. and Gesser, V. (2015). How graduate professors and students understand the relationship between higher order thinking and pedagogical practice: An exploratory study. Poster presentation at the 14th Annual South Florida Education Research Conference. Presented on June 6, 2015 in Miami Shores, FL.

DiBello, L., Gesser, V. and Cortezia, W. (2015). Curriculum, public policies and practices in a global education context. Roundtable presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International Institute for Global Education Diplomacy. March 5 - 8, 2015, Washington, DC.