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AAA Digital Data Workshop

September 3, 2016

I recently participated in the workshop “Digital Data Management for a New Generation,” sponsored by the American Anthropological Association with support from the National Science Foundation Grant #1529315. Our group participated in creating instructional modules for Archaeology, Biological, Cultural, and Linguistic Anthropology that will cover digital data management and ethics. Here is a picture of our group (photo credit: Daniel Ginsberg):


Seated (L-R): Philip Cash Cash, Jenny Cashman, Christine Mallinson, Natalie Underberg-Goode, Candace Greene, Fatimah Williams Castro, Kathryn Oths, Blenda Femenías

Standing (L-R): Edward Liebow, Lindsay Lloyd-Smith, George Perry, John Yellen, Darlene Smucny, Thurka Sangaramoorthy, Ricardo Contreras, Sara Gonzalez, Arienne Dwyer, Brittany Mistretta, Ricky Punzalan, Amber Wutich, Jeffrey Mantz, Colleen Fitzgerald

The initiative was profiled in the September/October issue of Anthropology News:


New Article on Culturally and Linguistically Supportive Professional Development for K-12 STEM Educators

August 13, 2016

Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley and I have an article in the latest issue of Cultural Studies of Science Education entitled: “It’s worth our time”: A model of culturally and linguistically supportive professional development for K-12 STEM educators.” Thanks to all of the educators and students who made the work possible, particularly the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Department of Education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the School University Research Network (SURN), the UMBC Dresher Center for the Humanities, the UMBC Alex Brown Center for Entrepreneurship and our current and former students Erin L. Berry, Merci Best, Rachel Boag, Jerome Carter, May F. Chung, Inte’a DeShields, Adryan Flores, Aure Hakenson, Heather Hoskins, Mark Jamias, Rita Turner, Dan Villarreal, and Adom Whitaker. We are grateful for all the support and inspiration!



“Voices of UMBC”

February 9, 2016

I am pleased to share a short film called “Voices of UMBC” that was made entirely by students in my Fall 2015 graduate seminar, “Language in Diverse Schools and Communities.” Our goal in making the short film was to celebrate UMBC’s linguistic diversity and to highlight it as a cultural resource. Everyone who helped make the film, as well as everyone who appears in it, is a UMBC student! Response to the film has been tremendously enthusiastic, from students and faculty on campus to linguists who have praised the film as an example of cutting-edge linguistic outreach/engagement work in higher education. We are very grateful to all of the students who participated in making this film! This project was approved by the UMBC Institutional Review Board, Protocol #Y16CM27049. 


Eight videos on language and culture now available

October 14, 2015

The test site is live! Check out a brand new series of eight videos on language and culture, sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Science Foundation. The videos, based on my research with Dr. Anne H. Charity Hudley, cover the following topics:
1.) Language & Culture in the classroom: a general overview of linguistically and culturally responsive teaching (30 minutes)
2.) Sharing the burden of communication with your students: How language impacts school climate, instruction, and classroom management (30 minutes)
3.) Language and Culture in Virginia Classrooms: Specific Knowledge Matters: Grammar and Sound (30 minutes)
4.) Language and Culture in Virginia Classrooms: Specific Knowledge Matters: Discourse (30 minutes)
5.) Language and culture in the elementary language arts classroom (30 minutes)
6.) Language and culture in the elementary STEM classroom (30 minutes)
7.) Language and culture in the secondary language arts classroom (30 minutes)
8.) Language and culture in the secondary STEM classroom (30 minutes)

Follow this link to access these videos!

Workshop on Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics: Partnering with Educators to Communicate about Language Variation

July 19, 2015

Photo (l-r) of Adryan Flores, John R. Rickford, Anne H. Charity Hudley, Michel DeGraff, me, and Erin Berry — the lead team at the Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics: Partnering with Educators to Communicate about Language Variation workshop, part of the Linguistic Society of America Summer Linguistic InstituteEngagedLxTeam

Keynote at the 3rd Annual Academic Fair in Loudoun County, Virginia

April 14, 2015


Join us for a workshop on Engaged Scholarship in Linguistics: Partnering with Educators to Communicate about Language Variation

March 2, 2015

Learn more here:

Date: Saturday, July 18, 2015 – 9:00am to Sunday, July 19, 2015 – 3:00pm

Location: TBA, Chicago, IL 60637

This 2-day workshop is designed for both novice and seasoned researchers who are interested in learning more about working to apply linguistic insight to educational and social change. The positioning of linguistics as a discipline that lies at the intersection of the humanities, social sciences, and STEM sciences provides scholars with numerous possibilities for applying our research findings to address persistent the opportunity gaps that often face culturally and linguistically diverse students. The workshop will introduce participants to important theoretical, ethical, and logistical considerations when working with educators, students, parents, administrators, and local communities in order to maximize our impact as linguists and promote collaborative, sustainable models of engaged scholarship.