Natalia A. Ward

Natalia A. Ward
East Tennessee State University | ETSU · Department of Curriculum & Instruction

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Reading is the most legislated area of education, and there is no aspect of reading instruction that is more often debated, discussed, or disagreed upon than early reading instruction. This chapter traces legislative changes that track the development of policies that both set and limit what counts as good or appropriate instruction in U.S. public...
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The histories of language policies and literacy policies have several parallels and places of intersection in the United States. From movements focused on assimilation and immersion to the emergence of an asset-based vision of bilingual education, approaches to instruction for students whose native language is not English reflect political and phil...
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Engaging in critical literacy using children's books may develop novice teachers' cultural competence and equip them to better serve their culturally and linguistically diverse students. The session explored examples of books and activities to use as models with novice teachers or lessons with elementary-aged students.
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This chapter explores preservice teachers’ (PSTs’) forum discussions in an online language teacher education (OLTE) course to understand how participants discursively construct and display their stance toward equity-enriched pedagogies and practices. Framed in a post-cognitive stance toward epistemics as constructed in interaction, and drawing on c...
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This chapter describes a research study conducted with preservice teachers in an American university in the Appalachian area of the U.S. Being aware of their mainly monolingual preservice teachers’ limited experiences with other cultures and languages, the authors integrated an internationalization project in a literacy education course in their K-...
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This study analyzes discussions from online language teacher education to understand how conversations between monolingual and bilingual preservice teachers (PSTs) in the US create and delimit structural constraints on teachers’ agency, (re)positioning teachers’ capacity to act in the instruction of emergent bilingual students (EBs). Employing posi...
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Necessitated by a heightened focus on global migration and its impact on educational realities across the globe, this study examined how educational experiences of students with refugee backgrounds are characterized in US educational news outlets. 385 articles from three online education news sites in the US were examined using a narrative-discursi...
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Text‐related oral participation is ubiquitous in literacy and language instruction. As such, considering how invitations to these interactions are framed is critical, as this framing is directly implicated in the design of equitable classrooms. In this Teaching Tip, one common technique teachers have been encouraged to use—a class set of “equity st...
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The purpose of this chapter is to provide teachers with an example of how the modern students' life (Legos and graphic novels) can be used creatively to engage children in digital storytelling around STEM topics. Specifically, the authors explore the use of graphic novels, or longer visual narratives, to serve as mentor texts for students in creati...
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Even in online and distance formats, multimodal composition can be a means of sustaining culture and engaging children. The Teach Us project combines multimodal composition, family cultural resources, and student voice.
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Many attempts have been made to determine what factors are most important in one’s potential for learning to read. These have been investigated for the purpose of determining effective instructional procedures. This chapter on literacy development aims to problematize instructional approaches that emphasize children’s deficits and, instead, make mo...
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This study explores how six teachers worked up becoming and being activists in response to education reforms in the southeastern US. The reforms, which involved increasing student testing and implementing high-stakes teacher evaluations, were enacted following the authorization of the Every Student Succeeds Act, federal legislation governing elemen...
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This chapter describes how case methods, namely discussion and reflection on published case studies, were used in online courses to promote the development of linguistically responsive and culturally sustaining practices. Participants included pre- and inservice teachers enrolled in courses for add-on licensure preparing them to work with English l...
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Based on the relevant research that highlights the impact of pairing fiction and nonfiction texts around a specific theme or a topic for enhanced motivation and reading comprehension for English learners (ELs), this article describes ways to combine texts of various genres to promote ELs’ language and literacy development. A middle school example o...
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The authors closely analyzed 45 children's books featuring characters with refugee backgrounds that had been published since 2013. With the concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy underpinning the review, analysis revealed that these texts are rich and detailed, providing a starting point for discussing the global refugee crisis with students, bu...
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Purpose: While conceived to examine key factors affecting post-retirement career advancement of retired elite athletes in South Korea, the purpose of this paper is to report how English, as a de facto global lingua franca, functions as a powerful gatekeeper in the sports administration field. Design/methodology/approach: Interpreted through the le...
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This article explores how inservice teachers articulate and challenge notions of effective teaching as part of an environment of high-stakes teacher evaluation (HSTE) in Tennessee. Drawing on data from public forum speeches at school board meetings, policy documents, and interviews, we used thematic discourse analysis to investigate how teacher eff...
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A thematic unit on immigration and migration in the United States provided a useful scaffold for engaging all students, including elementary English learners, in academic language learning.
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In this study, we seek to illuminate teachers’ constructions of US teacher evaluation policies through close analysis of the way teachers in one district describe these policies. We conducted a thematic discursive analysis of 60 teachers’ speeches, recorded during local school board meetings in a Tennessee school district. Using discursive psycholo...
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English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest growing student subgroup in the United States, and public schools have the challenging task of teaching ELLs both English language and academic content. In spite of the attention given to improving outcomes for ELLs, the achievement gap between ELLs and native English speakers persists, especially in...
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PurposeThis study explored the impact of integrating digital tools on professional preparation in literacy, specifically an online digital video portal for teachers’ self-observation of instructional practice. Methodology/approachAs a design experiment (Bradley & Reinking, 2011), a graduate-level Reading Education course was revisioned for blended...

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