2.         In 1995 I began ethnographic research on the work that the children of immigrants do as language and     culture brokers. This work culminated in the 2009 publication of my book:

  3. Translating Childhoods: Immigrant Youth, Language and Culture

  4. Language Brokering Papers - These papers explore different aspects of this multi-faceted phenomenon. 

  5. Immigrant Youth as Language Brokers Here’s a video presentation of my research on language brokering at the Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA.

  6. Youth Radio “Banking Translated” Listen to this program on the role of young language brokers.

  7. My blog with ongoing information on this topic.


  9.         In 2005 I began working with a team of graduate students at UCLA to design curriculum that leverages children’s language brokering skills for the development of academic literacies.

  10. UCLA's Center X -  a repository of resources focusing on language issues in education.  

  11.    FALL 2010 ISSUE "What's Language Got to Do with It?" I'm the editor of this issue,

  12.    and we've prepared lesson ideas for teachers that build on immigrant youth's language experiences.

  13. Here’s a list of papers under Cultural Modeling/Curricula Design Research describing the theory

  14. and the ways we implemented our project in schools.


  16.         From 1995 to 1999 I was a postdoctoral researcher on the “California Childhoods” study, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Pathways through Middle Childhood, in a grant to Catherine Cooper (UCSC) and Barrie Thorne (UC Berkeley). I conducted ethnographic research on children’s daily life experiences in the community near the school where I had worked as a bilingual teacher from 1983 to 1993.  Here’s a list of my papers from the California Childhoods Project project.


  18.         My dissertation research examined the gendered nature of literacy practices in two bilingual classrooms.  Literacy continues to be an area of interest to me, as are ways of examining the ways gender and other social categories shape social processes.  Here’s a list of papers  under gender, language and literacy that emerged from my dissertation.

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