Margaret Burns

Assistant Professor

Meg Margaret Burns

Meg began her teaching career as a Two-Way Spanish Immersion first grade teacher. Her scholarship is driven by two complementary strands: methods of teaching emerging bilingual children at the elementary level (specifically with regards to literacy development in Spanish and English), and the sociological dimensions of bilingual and multicultural education. Her doctoral dissertation examined issues of race, culture, and equity in a Two-Way Dual Language school. She is currently conducting research with Two-Way teachers modifying their English Language Development program in the early elementary grades. Meg is fluent in Spanish as a second language.  In 2017, Meg was awarded the first place dissertation award from the Bilingual Education Research SIG of the American Educational Research Association.

Education: BA, Vassar College; MA, University of Massachusetts, Boston; PhD, University of Colorado, Boulder.

Selected Publications

Burns, M. (2016, April). Defining and enacting multiculturalism in a Dual Language school: A case study. Paper presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C.

Burns, M. and Alvarez, A. (2016, April). Collectivism and Individualism in Emerging Bilingual Students' Writing: Implications for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy. Poster presented at American Educational Research Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C.