Sarah Davila is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education
Professional Title: Adjunct Professor
Areas of Academic Focus and Expertise: Language and Literacy, English Learning Education, Diversity and Equity in Education, Family and Community Engagement
Area of Work and Concentration at Lesley: School District Collaboration; Elementary Education Urban Initiative; Teacher preparation for culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms
Representative List of Recent Courses Taught: EEDUC 6102, Language and Literacy: Development and Diversity; EEDUC 6120, First and Second Language Acquisition; EEDUC 6111, The Equitable Classroom
Education: BA, University of Massachusetts, Boston (Political Science); MFA, Mass College of Art; PhD, Tufts University, Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development
Representative List of Recent Publications / Exhibitions: Contributor, Kindergarten Learning Experiences (2008), Massachusetts Kindergarten Curriculum and Teacher Leadership Project, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Unpublished Dissertation, Apples, Giraffes, and Martin Luther King: Curriculum Policy in a Kindergarten Classroom (2005): An ethnographic study of teacher compliance and resistance to curriculum policy in a “failing” urban school. Contributor, Jumpstart’s Family Literacy Curriculum (2001).
Somerville is an urban district known as a gateway community for immigrants (51% of students’ first language is not English). In my role in the school district, I supervise teachers (K-12) and support staff, plan and provide professional development, oversee family engagement opportunities through community collaboration, outreach and activities in the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative.
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