Fostering Social Change Through Critical Literacy with Refugee-Background Students

Featuring Jennifer Mann, research scientist for the Bridging English Language Learning and Academics (BELLA) project.

Abstract: This research talk is a collaborative discussion regarding the possible extension of Jennifer Mann’s dissertation research, which focuses on fostering social change through critical literacy with refugee-background students in community spaces. Through a social-design-based research approach, which centers equity, Mann provided opportunities for student learning, collaboration, and action. She is interested in exploring ways to continue and expand this research into schools.

Prior to working at CCFP, Mann spent sixteen years as an educator, teaching high school English, elementary and adult English as a Second Language (ESL), and undergraduate pre-service English and ESL education. In 2023, she received her Ph.D. in Teacher Education and Learning Sciences from North Carolina State University, where she specialized in Literacy and English Language Arts.

Her research interests include refugee and immigrant education, culturally sustaining critical pedagogies, and equity centered, participatory qualitative methodologies.

Lunch will be provided for those who register in advance.