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STEP T for ELLs

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Edmonds, Lori

Clinical Assistant Professor

T: 919.445.8343
lori.edmonds@unc.edu
301N Peabody Hall
CB 3500

“Academic learning is improved when diverse students are able to apply their knowledge from their out-of-school lives with new classroom content. ”

– Lori M. Edmonds

Overview

Lori Edmonds is a former English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher and teacher educator. As an ESOL teacher, she prepared students for secondary-science coursework and for college-level courses. Her university experience as a teacher educator includes preparing content-area teachers to teach non-native speakers of English, acting as a liaison between the public schools and the university, and supervising teacher candidates during their internships.

During 2007-2010, Edmonds worked for the Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training (STEP T) for English Language Learners (ELLs) Program. In this role she collaborated with other educators to develop professional development modules specifically targeted to enable secondary content teachers to improve the academic achievement of ELLs in Maryland school districts.

Lori Edmonds’ research focuses on using student-centered funds of knowledge to promote academic learning in the secondary classroom. Results from this study indicate that using student-centered funds of knowledge to teach science helps to facilitate diverse students’ engagement with the course content.

This work, which builds on Luis Moll’s funds of knowledge research, inspired her to develop and direct two after-school programs aimed at connecting diverse students’ out-of-school knowledge with secondary science content.

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2016 - University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)- Language, Literacy and Culture
  • M.A. 2008 - UMBC - Instructional Systems Development/ESOL
  • B.A. 2005 - UMBC Honors College -Modern Languages and Linguistics

Research Interests

  • Using Funds of Knowledge to promote social equity in the classroom
  • English language learning
  • Teacher education and diverse classrooms

Teaching Areas

  • Preparing educators to effectively teach students from diverse backgrounds
  • Transitioning immigrant and international students to mainstream classes

Courses

  • EDUC 628: Teaching English Language Learners
  • EDUC 992: Capstone Project (MAIEd)

Public Service

  • Maryland TESOL Board of Directors 2013-2015
  • Baltimore Inner City Outings (BICO) Volunteer 2009-2015

Selected Publications

Shin, J. K., Lori Edmonds, and Christopher Browder (2010). “Collaboration is the Key to Successful Professional Development.” AccELLerate! Vol. 2 No. 3. Spring.

Edmonds, Lori M. (2009). “Challenges and Solutions for ELLs.” The Science Teacher Vol. 76 No. 3. March.

Edmonds, Lori M. (2008). “Globalizing Environmentalism: Immigrants in Maryland Share their Environmental Knowledge and Practices While Learning English.” The International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities & Nations Vol. 8 No. 5: 197-205.

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