The Stories Project: Building Bridges of Belonging One Story at a Time

The Stories Project: Building Bridges of Belonging One Story at a Time

In her book, The Rise (2014), Dr. Sarah Lewis writes about “aesthetic force,” the power art has to change how we see ourselves, the world, and one another. “An encounter with pictures that moves us, those in the world and the ones it created in 

Community-Engaged Scholarship: The Way Forward is Together

Community-Engaged Scholarship: The Way Forward is Together

“Well, we’re taught — particularly, in elementary school — to learn a standardized language. And when you ask, why is it this way, why is this the standard, you arrive at a very arbitrary answer, and an answer which actually excludes, often, people of color. 

Our Human Story is a Story of Migration

Our Human Story is a Story of Migration

Every summer, a community-based organization in Michigan hosts a five-week summer program for over 60 middle and high school immigrant- and refugee-background youth who represent more than 10 home countries (e.g., Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burundi, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Iraq, Myanmar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, 

“Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and out of schools” Erice, Sicily, October 15 – 21, 2018

“Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and out of schools” Erice, Sicily, October 15 – 21, 2018

In October of 2018, I participated in a course, “Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and out of schools” directed by Marcelo Suárez-Orozco. I was one of 25 scholars invited from around the world to come together to co-construct collective knowledge about 

Exploring Linguistically Responsive Literacy Instruction with Immigrant-Origin Youth: Critical Professional Development

Exploring Linguistically Responsive Literacy Instruction with Immigrant-Origin Youth: Critical Professional Development

When I was a classroom teacher in Denver, CO, I was a “lab classroom” teacher  with the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC) for five years (2001 – 2006). In this model of professional learning, the lab classroom teacher hosts small groups of local and 

Public Scholarship: Exposing The Personal

Public Scholarship: Exposing The Personal

On June 21, 2017, a piece I wrote on what motivates me to work with immigrant and refugee youth, Inextricably Interconnected, was published in the Faculty Voice column in MSUToday. In it, I share my personal and professional journey that has led me to where 

Vulnerability Leads to Insight

Vulnerability Leads to Insight

At the American Education Research Association’s (AERA) 2017 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, I met Ester de Jong, president of the TESOL International Association, professor of bilingual/ESOL at the University of Florida, and a leading scholar in the field of language teaching and learning. I