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Featured Convocation Speaker

Laura May

Laura May

Laura May

Laura May is an associate professor in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education. A former elementary teacher and literacy specialist, May studies how literacy teachers use talk and texts in ways that increase students’ educational opportunities and how teachers develop more equitable ways with talk and texts. This work primarily takes place in culturally and linguistically diverse settings.

She serves as the associate director of research for the college’s Center for Transnational and Multilingual Education and is the principal investigator for two federally-funded projects, Todos Juntos: Uniting Communities to Improve Practice for English Learners (Juntos) and Equipping Schools, Communities and Universities for Excellence in Language Acquisition (ESCUELA).