Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

2019 Keynote Speaker


Deborah K. Palmer is Professor of Equity in Bilingualism and Biliteracy in the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder. A former two-way dual language bilingual teacher in California, she conducts qualitative research using ethnography and discourse analysis in culturally/linguistically diverse settings. Her interests include bilingual education policy and politics; critical additive dual language bilingual education; teacher preparation for linguistically/culturally diverse teaching contexts; teacher advocacy and activism; and issues of language, power and identity in schools. Her recent book, “Bilingual Teacher Leadership for Social Change” published by Multilingual Matters, explores and defines teacher agency, activism and leadership for bilingual educators. Her articles have appeared in a range of journals, including Language Arts; Review of Research in Education; International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Language Policy; Journal of Language, Identity and Education; and the Modern Language Journal.

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