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Drawing on my experience as an elementary teacher for over twenty years, my research focuses on teaching and learning in urban classrooms with ethno-linguistically and socio-economically diverse populations. I engage in classroom-based collaborative university-school action research and seeks to integrate curricular and pedagogical approaches focusing on literacy and content area learning, especially science. I explore teachers’ and students’ experiences as they construct social, academic, and disciplinary identities that allow them to excel in school. I also explore how teachers and children collaborate with each other to construct classroom learning spaces, as well as the ways in which classroom spaces are influenced by agency, power, and the politics of race, culture, class, gender, and ethnolinguistic heritage.


Present Faculty Member, Wayne State University