On Wednesday, April 17, 2:00 – 3:00 PM EDT, Rita Deedrick (Director, COSI Center for Research and Evaluation) and I will lead a webinar for the Association of Children’s Museums, Museums in Service to Young Multilingual Learners: Findings from an Exploratory Project. We will share key findings from our NSF-funded project that sought to lay the groundwork for improving informal science learning experiences for preschool dual language learners (DLLs). ACM members are invited to join us to hear about what was learned from the project and how the findings may inform future practice and research.
Dr. Monique Mills (University of Houston, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders), Bethany Frick (Speech and Hearing Sciences), my advisee Somin Kim and I have a poster at the 2018 American Speech and Hearing Association Convention. We are presenting preliminary findings from our project ‘Assessing Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions”. Funded by a Cross-College Seed Grant, the study examines how teachers and parents evaluate the language of school-age Black students informally and formally, with our ultimate goal being to improve academic assessment of this group.
Two of my doctoral advisees have been awarded travel grants by the College of Education and Human Ecology Office of Research. Minseok Choi will present at the Literacy Research Association’s 68th Annual Conference on his research on Critique as a pedagogical practice, examining how critique practice creates learning opportunities in a fine arts studio. Afida Safriani will present with Dr. Francis Troyan at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) on their research on mediation in teacher candidates’ learning of functional linguistics. Congratulations!
Jackie Ridley and Somin Kim will present a poster on the Expanding Repertoires of Practice project at the Ohio TESOL 2018 Conference. The theme this year is Breaking Through Language Barriers: Success Across Content. Our goal is to communicate to practitioners and researchers the power and potential of science education that is hands-on, multimodal, and driven by children’s curiosity, particularly in superdiverse preschool classrooms like those we have studied in Central Ohio.
My advisee Jackie Ridley is a recipient of a 2018 Ray Travel Award for Service and Scholarship, a highly competitive grant awarded by the Council of Graduate Students. At Ohio State, the Ray Award is given to applicants who are actively engaged in academic service within the university as well as the community. The Ray Award will support Jackie as she presents a co-authored paper on ESL Teacher Advocacy for Multilingual Students at the 2018 TESOL International conference in Chicago this spring.
I presented on the Expanding Repertoires project at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Learning Institute with my colleague Marie Quisumbing (Manager of Early Childhood Initiative at COSI until recently, now with Columbus City Schools, one of our partners on the NSF AISL grant). The PLI was an amazing mix of early childhood educators – university faculty, center directors, state officials, consultants, etc.
My advisee Brian Seilstad has received a Global Mobility Project Graduate Student Research Grant for his project ‘Looking at adolescent newcomer programs in schools’.
Dr. Monique Mills (Speech and Hearing Sciences) and I have been awarded a Cross-College Seed Grant for our project ‘Assessing Students’ Narrative Language: Emic and Etic Perceptions”. The study addresses race-based educational disparities and is designed to identify culturally-fair measures of narrative language – a skill that predicts students’ academic outcomes in literacy. The study will identify ways in which the language of school-age Black students is evaluated informally and formally, thereby improving academic assessment of this group.
Lindsay Bankole, the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) intern who joined the Expanding Repertoires team in Summer 2016, has been selected to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates Symposium, 23-24 October 2016. Lindsay will present her interview-based research with families of dual language learners who were visiting COSI. Brian Seilstad, graduate research assistant on the Expanding Repertoires project and Lindsay’s direct supervisor-mentor during the summer internship, will also attend the symposium.
Marie Quisumbing (Manager of Early Childhood Initiatives at COSI) and I are attending the bi-annual NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) PI Meeting, February 29 through March 2, in Bethesda, MD. We will present a poster about the Expanding Repertoires project. The meeting is hosted by Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE). Posters and other materials from the meeting are available on informalscience.org, including our poster and notes from the Open Space Session on STEM and Early Childhood Education (which I nominated and facilitated)