We were very delighted to have Dr. Rebecca Callahan, Associate Professor of Bilingual Bicultural Education at UT at Austin, as our keynote speaker to start-off our Bilingual STEAM event on November 12. Dr. Callahan provided us with insight and data on why bilingual and multicultural education is important and relevant in today’s world.
For a recap of Dr Rebecca Callahan’s presentation along with a copy of her corresponding powerpoint file please see the video and PDF file line below.
Click here for the PDF file of the Bilingual STEAM Presentation by Dr. Rebecca Callahan.
For links to studies that back up the information presented, please read the following article written by Dr. Rebecca Callahan in the Conversation, Academic rigor, journalistic flair and click on the various links within.
About Dr. Rebecca Callahan
Dr. Rebecca Callahan is an Associate Professor of Bilingual Bicultural Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, and a Faculty Research Associate of the Population Research Center. Her research interests and expertise to date have centered on the academic preparation of bilingual, immigrant youth as they transition from high school into young adulthood. This work has examined not only bilingual immigrant youths¹ academic experiences, but also their civic preparation, access to college-preparatory curriculum, and the relationship between their primary language development and young adult outcomes. Currently, as PI on Design Technology and Engineering education for English Learners: Project DTEEL, she directs the project¹s exploration of teachers¹ EL and STEM instructional capacity. She is excited to merge the findings from prior psychological and cognitive research on bilinguals¹ problem advantage with the design elements of engineering education to investigate elementary bilingual students¹ STEM achievement and integration through engineering design and problem solving. Dr. Callahan¹s work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association. She is co-author of Coming of Political Age: American Schools and the Civic Development of Immigrant Youth, and co-editor of The Bilingual Advantage: Language, Literacy and the US Labor Market. Her recently published work appears in American Educational Research Journal, Educational Policy, Social Science Quarterly, Theory and Research in Social Education, and the Bilingual Research Journal