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Professor Anne Charity Hudley

NSF grant to study language patterns in Maryland and Virginia STEM classrooms

Anne Charity HudleyTogether with Christine Mallinson, assistant professor of language, literacy and culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Anne Charity Hudley has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the ways in which language plays a role in the educational challenges that often affect culturally and linguistically diverse students in STEM classrooms.

Dr. Charity Hudley is an associate professor of English, linguistics, and Africana studies at William and Mary with a joint appointment with the School of Education.  She holds her undergraduate and Master degrees from Harvard University.

The grant, ""Assessing the Results of Sociolinguistic Engagement with K-12 STEM Education in Maryland and Virginia Public and Independent Schools," will provide Drs. Charity Hudley and Mallinson with $171,928 over a three-year period. They will work with K-12 STEM educators in the Baltimore and Richmond areas to collect data on how these educators learn from professional development workshops on language variation and integrate pedagogy and assessment techniques into their classroom.

Beginning this September, Drs. Charity Hudley and Mallinson will lead approximately 60 educators in workshops on how to address linguistic variations in the STEM classroom, focusing on linguistically and educationally informed strategies that can help students overcome potential challenges. These educators will then complete follow-up surveys and participate in in-depth interviews to share what they learned. Drs. Charity Hudley and Mallinson will also work intensively with 10 teachers for the duration of the three-year period to assist them in implementing and tracking changes in their curriculum designed to help linguistically diverse students.

Drs. Charity Hudley and Mallinson are the co-authors of "Understanding English Language Variation in U.S. Schools," which was published by Teachers College Press in 2010.