The study of families and educators who successfully sustain children's linguistic resources is a novelty in current educational research, where the focus has largely been on the development of students' English language skills. In this presentation, Alison Bailey will provide a systematic examination of the beliefs and practices of parents and educators who share the common goal of improving educational and social outcomes for multilingual children. She will present new research findings in combination with firsthand accounts of the successes and concerns of families and educators, and will give recommendations for ways to sustain children's linguistic resources and highlights areas for future research.
Bailey is the Director of the Language and Literacy Research Group at UCLA. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Dynamic Language Learning Progressions project funded by the multi-state ASSETS Consortium (a U.S. Dept. of Education Enhanced Assessment Grant) and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, and a Faculty Research Partner at the National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST). A graduate of Harvard University, Bailey’s research interests include children’s first and second language acquisition, early literacy development, and academic language pedagogy and assessment practices. She has published widely in these areas, most recently in Teachers College Record, Educational Researcher, Language Assessment Quarterly, Educational Policy and First Language. Her books include The Language Demands of School: Putting academic English to the test; Formative Assessment for Literacy, Grades K-6, with Margaret Heritage; and Spanish-language Narration and Literacy: Culture, cognition, and emotion, with Allyssa McCabe and Gigliana Melzi. Her most recent book, with Anna Osipova, is Children’s Multilingual Development and Education: Fostering linguistic resources in home and school contexts.