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Dr. Black is a former 4th-grade teacher who taught in Arizona and California. She has taught in rural, urban, and suburban settings. Her work has been primarily in settings where her students spoke many different languages.
Dr. Black seeks to foster a love of teaching that utilizes the diversity of our students as a resource and to plan our lessons based on the capabilities of our students rather than perceived deficits. Her research and teaching are unified by her aim to reduce to the number of inappropriate referrals of Emergent Bilingual students (also called English Language Learners) to Special Education testing.
Inclusive Instructional Design and Assessment
Second Language Acquisition
Methods of Teaching Reading and Writing to Second Language Learners
Methods of Teaching Exceptional English Language Learners
ESL Professional Development for ECE, Elementary, and Content-Area Teachers
The Over-representation of Emergent Bilingual Students in SPLED settings
Disability Studies in Education
Discourse surrounding Second Language Learners and Disability