Anne has been featured on With Good Reason radio on NPR about our NSF-funded work on language and culture in STEM classrooms. There’s also a great interview with Dr. Freeman Hrabowski at UMBC about educating all students to succeed in science and engineering and why it matters!
“Much bigger than technology or classroom space, the most important factor in determining student success is having a good teacher. In two 15-minute sessions, Bob Pianta (University of Virginia) can tell whether a teacher is good or bad—regardless of their subject matter. Plus: Heralded by Time as one of the ten best college presidents, Freeman Hrabowski (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) has helped build UMBC’s reputation as a top school for students of color in STEM fields. And: Surprisingly, sometimes the problem in math class is not with numbers, but with words. Anne Charity Hudley (College of William and Mary) believes teachers need to be more aware of how cultural language differences can put some students at a disadvantage in the classroom.”
Interested in the Impact of Language, Culture, and Literacy on African-American Students in STEM classes?
Apply to participate in an NSF sponsored research workshop on language, culture, and literacy in STEM classrooms at the College William and Mary School of Education in Williamsburg, Virginia or the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Maryland. We will focus on the academic experiences of African-American students. Space is limited to 10 participants per workshop to allow for true interaction and discussion, so please sign up now!
You can find out more about the project through the links below:
If selected for a workshop, in addition to breakfast and lunch, you will receive $50 and a copy of Dr. Anne Charity Hudley and Dr. Christine Mallinson’s first book, Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools.
Please fill out the following survey by April 15th to apply and to select or to suggest workshop dates and locations that would work for you.
If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to email or call for more information!
The project has been approved by the William and Mary Human Subjects Committee and the UMBC Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Meeting Educational Challenges of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students: Workshop at American University
Saturday, January 26, 2013, from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, at American University, Anne & Christine will give a workshop on “Meeting Educational Challenges of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students through Professional Development, Student Community Engagement, and Research.” This event is open to the public and requires registration: To register, click here! Location: 6th Floor Boardroom, Butler Pavilion on the campus of AU.
Anne spoke recently with USA Today lifestyle reporter Carol Memmott about the meaning, use and acceptability among different age groups of the “b” word in reference to women. The article, “New TV series scratch the B-word itch,” examined the decision by two broadcast networks to uses the “b” word in the title of new shows in their spring schedule.
In the Miami Herald, Anne traced with Audra Burch the roots and changing connotations of various terms such as black, person of color, and African-American through American history.“The larger issue is that over the years, people of the African diaspora lost the right to name themselves,” she shared. “It’s not really about what is right or wrong but how people see and think of themselves, which is a personal choice.’’
This short video showcases teachers from one organization who attended our language variation professional development week-long workshop. Listen to what these teachers–from a range of grade levels and content areas–say about the impact of our professional development on their pedagogy!
This story in the newsletter from the Middle Grades Partnership reports on how participants in our week-long language variation professional development workshop for Baltimore middle school teachers. One teacher called MGP’s 2011 language variation workshop “an eye-opening” revelation and said she “applied everything immediately.” Another reports that the workshop gave him “a whole new vocabulary with which to talk about language.” You can read the article here.
This story in the Spring 2012 issue of the College of William & Mary’s Ideation Magazine talks about Anne and Christine’s three-year National Science Foundation research grant, “Assessing the Results of Sociolinguistic Engagement with K-12 STEM Education in Maryland and Virginia Public and Independent Schools,” in which we are working with K-12 educators in the Baltimore and Richmond areas to study how language variations affect learning and assessment in STEM classes.