January 29, 2014
Dr. Selena Protacio, Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies, received an Honorable Mention for the highly competitive Student Outstanding Research Award from the Literacy Research Association (LRA). Her Paper, entitled “A Case Study Exploring the reading Engagement of Middle School English Learners,” was based on her dissertation research. Dr. Protacio also gave a presentation on this research at the LNA Annual Conference this past December held in Dallas, Texas.Also at the conference, SPLS faculty members, Dr. Shaila Rao and Dr. Susan Piazza joined Dr. Protacio joined together to present. They organized a symposium entitled “Converging Research on Responsive Pedagogy for Special Education, Culturally, and Linguistically Diverse Learners.” Dr. Lauren Freedman, also a SPLS faculty member, served as the chair of this symposium. Dr. Rao, Dr. Piazza, and Dr. Protacio presented a review of the literature in their respective fields and a group discussion involving the audience members was held thereafter in respect to the key findings.