Dr. Jane Bean-Folkes

Assistant Professor


Dr. Bean-Folkes received her M.Ed. and Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching with a concentration in Reading and Language Arts. She teaches undergraduates and graduate students. Her research interests involve multilingual classrooms, written academic language, African American Language, sociocultural and sociolinguistic perspectives of education for African American students and other non-dominant language speakers as they learn the academic language in urban settings. She considers herself a researcher/practitioner, working in K-12 classrooms with students, teachers, and administrators from diverse backgrounds in high-poverty areas. Dr. Bean-Folkes is involved in The National Council of Teacher of English, the Literacy Research Association, and the American Educational Research Association. Her publications include Schools of Hope: Teaching Literacy in the Obama Era in the edited volume Reading the African American Experience in the Obama Era: A Handbook for Teaching, Learning, and Activism, published by Peter Lang; Culturally Diverse Children’s Books for Your Classroom Library, which appeared in School Talk, NCTE; and Why I Teach – The Power of Language, The Reading Teacher; Leaving Space in Language Instruction for Messy Thinking, Heinemann Online; A Tale of Words.  Perspectives and Provocations, NCTE-Early Childhood Education Assembly; Student’s Linguistic Knowledge in the Writing Classroom. International Literacy Association.


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