Current Projects

1. Science 20/20: Bringing Language Learners into Focus through Community-University-School Partnership, U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (co-PI with Carla Zembal-Saul, 2016-2021)

The purpose of Science 20/20 is to develop a substantive, coherent, and sustainable community-based professional development model that fosters ambitious and equitable science and language teaching practices for preservice and inservice elementary teachers, school leaders, community educators, and families in the Hazleton Area School District (HASD) and supports the academic success of English learners (ELs) in grades K-6.

2. Closing the Achievement Gap for Long-Term and Late-Arriving English Learners, William T. Grant Foundation (co-Investigator with PIs Laura Hill and Julian Betts, 2016-2018)

This mixed methods project examines the implementation of course assignment and reclassification policies for long-term and late-arriving English learners in San Diego and Los Angeles, as well as the how aspects of the academic environment (e.g., school settings and instructional programs) influence English learner outcomes.

3. Exploring Teacher Learning in New Immigrant Destinations: Practice and Policy ImplicationsNational Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI, 2016-2018)

This study explores elementary school teachers’ opportunities to learn from one another about English learner (EL) instruction in two new immigrant destinations, one urban and one suburban. Further, it examines how district and school organizational contexts support teachers’ EL-related learning opportunities, and the implications for EL student achievement.

4. Recently-Arrived English Learner Case Studies: A CCSSO Collaborative Project (co-PI with PI Ilana Umansky and co-PI Dafney Dabach, 2016-2017)

The purpose of this study is to understand how school districts and schools are developing supports for recently-arrived English learners (RAELs, or newcomers). We will document the policies, practices, services, and resources that six districts across the country have put into place and explore the continued challenges educators experience as they work to address RAELs’ diverse needs.

5. Fostering Research Use in School Districts through External Partnerships: The Role of District Capacity, William T. Grant Foundation (co-PI with PI Cynthia Coburn and co-PIs James P. Spillane & Anne-Ruth Allen, William T. Grant Foundation, 2015-2017)

This project focuses on exploring the organizational conditions that facilitate the absorption of new research knowledge by school districts engaged in instructional decision-making with external partners.

6. The Distributed Leadership Study, Northwestern University (PI James P. Spillane)

Stemming from NebraskaMATH, a project funded by the National Science Foundation, this project examines the development of instructional guidance infrastructures for elementary mathematics education, and how these infrastructures facilitate teachers’ interactions and sensemaking around new mathematics curricula.