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College of Education faculty have expertise in areas as wide-ranging as bilingualism, school choice policy, and cognition and exercise. Check out our professors’ latest media mentions and articles.

Cynthia Salinas
“For History Teachers, It’s Not Always Easy to Get Students of Color to Connect with Curriculum.”

“‘I didn’t think much about being a Latina until I got to college and that idea of my identity as a woman and woman of color. I think there was space that could’ve been created well before and I often wonder if I didn’t think about it because I was so not included in the teaching of history.’

Salinas says one positive for history teachers is the growth of digital primary sources. Students are able to access journal entries and letters from a variety of sources, instead of just the documents or examples in textbooks.”

Washington Post
Huriya Jabbar
“How do schools respond to competition? Not as you might expect.”

“If schools, like firms in other markets, can choose to compete in ways other than improving their products — even in ways that violate district policies — a more significant role for a central authority may be warranted. Without some process to manage the current responses to competition like student selection and exclusion, New Orleans could end up with a less equitable school system.”

Huffington Post
Kevin Cokley
“Hollywood, We Have a Problem”

“Portraying history accurately is important for ensuring a minimal level of historical literacy and cultural competency among citizens. Less acknowledged but equally important, accuracy is important for the psychology and collective consciousness of people, especially those who have been historically marginalized, under-represented and devalued.”

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Darla Castelli
“When Colleges Abandon Phys Ed, What Else Is Lost?”

“Ms. Castelli says one study suggests that people get cognitive benefits from coordinated movements—as in, say, dance, where a person has to work off of and respond to a partner. And there are new theories that active people can build up a cognitive “reserve” that will stave off decline as they head into their 30s and beyond.”

The Conversation
Rebecca Callahan
“Know more than one language? Don’t give it up!”

“Speaking more than one language may confer significant benefits on the developing brain. Research has now shown that bilingual young adults not only fare better in the job market, but are also more likely to demonstrate empathy and problem-solving skills.

The fact is that American adults are largely monolingual English speakers, even those who began life speaking more than one language. Based on the latest research, it might be time to rethink the emphasis on monolingualism in the US.”