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About Allison Briceño

Dr. Allison Briceño is an Assistant Professor of Elementary Education in the Department of Teacher Education at San José State University, where she coordinates the Reading Specialist Credential/MA program. Dr. Briceño’s research centers on improving literacy instruction for English learners and bilingual students. She studies how bilingual and biliterate students use all of their linguistic resources to understand text, and she also explores the literacy practices of English learners and their teachers. Dr. Briceño teaches courses related to literacy, second language acquisition and multicultural education. A former bilingual teacher, Dr. Briceño received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from Stanford University and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco. She was selected to be an English Learner Leadership Fellow with the California Association of Bilingual Educators. Dr. Briceño’s recent scholarship has appeared in Reading Teacher, NABE Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Bilingual Education Research and Instruction, and Journal of Reading Recovery.


August 2015 - Present Assistant Professor, San Jose State University Department of Teacher Education
August 2014 - July 2015 Assistant Professor, Texas Woman's University ‐ Department of Reading
January 2007 - May 2013 Adjunct Faculty Member, Saint Mary's College of California

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Spring 2016, English Learner Leadership & Legacy Initiative (ELLLI) Fellow, California Association of Bilingual Educators (CABE), three year commitment
  • Spring 2016, University Grants Academy, San José State University
  • Dec 2013, Finalist, Outstanding Dissertation Award, National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE)
  • Aug 2012, Graduate Merit Scholarship, University of San Francisco ($3,390)
  • Jul 2012, Pedro Claver Scholarship, University of San Francisco ($1,130)
  • May 2011, California State University Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program Scholarship (up to $30,000)


  • EDTE 298: MA Project
  • EDTE 261: Critical Studies in Language, Culture, and Narrative
  • EDTE 217B: Reading Practicum B
  • EDTE 217A: Reading Practicum A
  • EDTE 212: Leadership, Politics, and Program Evaluation
  • EDTE 211: Developing Academic Language for Reading Across the Curriculum
  • EDEL 180A: Language and Literacy in Culturally Diverse Classrooms


May 2014 Ed.D., University of San Francisco ‐ International and Multicultural Education
June 2006 M.A, Stanford University ‐ School of Education, Policy and Organizational Leadership Studies
May 1998 B.A, University of Pennsylvania ‐ English

In press (3)

Peer-Reviewed Publications (8)

Professional Publications (3)

Professional Presentations (15)