Voices Vol 41 No 3



Graduate Student Forum

By Mary Curran

Graduate Student Forum

Iam pleased to begin my term as the NJTESOL/NJBE Teacher Education SIG Representative. It’s a challenging time for educators and those who prepare them, and I see our SIG’s role as helping find ways to expand the resources and support available through our organization for teacher preparation and professional development.

Our SIG held two stimulating sessions of the Second Annual Graduate Student Forum at the 2012 Annual Conference organized by Drs. Gail Verdi and BJ Franks.  Eight graduate students provided informative presentations on their research.  From Arcadia University, we heard Lisa Rose Johnson on “Perceptions of Generation 1.5 Students.”  Robin Chang Rosen from Kean University presented on “The Effect of Grammar on Holistic Assessment,” and Desi Mayol from William Paterson University presented on “The Effectiveness of a One-on-One Reading Intervention.”  From Rutgers, Elizabeth Conway spoke on “Korean ELL Repairs to English Word-Final Consonants;”  Jessie Curtis gave a presentation on “ A Community University Research Partnership;” Sora Suh presented on “The ESL Learning Community;” Merideth Bynes spoke on “Engaging Latino Parents to Support Development;” and Kiran Ramamurthy shared his research titled “What are Teachers Taking with Them?”

We will continue the Graduate Student Forum at the 2013 conference.  If you mentor graduate students, or if you are a graduate student working on a research project that can inform our community, please consider participating in the forum in 2013.  The forum is designed to provide a venue for graduate students to share their research, get feedback on their work, and prepare this work for publication. We accept proposals on a broad range of topics and encourage our presenters to highlight the implications of their research for New Jersey’s teachers of ELL and bilingual students.

If you are interested in being actively involved in the Teacher Education SIG, or if you have an idea about a possible event or project, please contact me at mary.curran@gse.rutgers.edu.  I welcome your ideas and suggestions for what support, resources or activities would be most helpful to your work in teacher education.